Leonard Roberts Revealed the Real Reason Behind His Departure From ‘Heroes’ — and It’s Heartbreaking

At this time, Selection revealed an essay written by actor Leonard Roberts. In it, Leonard describes his time engaged on the set of Heroes within the first season and the explanation his character, D.L. Hawkins, was killed off. Leonard wrote that as a result of his co-star, actress Ali Larter, did not like him, the showrunners and writers selected to kill off his character. However the best way Leonard describes the state of affairs, it looks like the state of affairs was extra sophisticated. Though Leonard claims he was skilled, variety, and accommodating, Ali particularly didn’t look after him as an individual — and Leonard theorizes it is as a result of he is Black.

Is Ali Larter racist?

In Leonard’s essay in Selection, he wonders if Ali Larter’s disliking of him, as a Black man, is the explanation why he was fired from Heroes. Selection reached out to 10 individuals who substantiated Leonard’s accounts, which included a very saddening second when Ali (who performed Niki Sanders) refused to look as if she slept with fictional husband D.L. and would not decrease her tank high straps (the characters had been in mattress collectively, and D.L. appeared nude). Leonard discovered that she had no issues getting intimate with different white actors, nevertheless.

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One other heartbreaking second Leonard shared was Ali’s response to an Leisure Weekly cowl that includes Ali and Leonard. She informed him, “I’m listening to our cowl is promoting the least of all of them.” Leonard wrote, “It was the primary and solely factor she stated to me that evening and I believed the subtext was clear: I used to be tarnishing her model.” Ali appeared to barely talk with Leonard the complete time they labored collectively. Earlier within the season, after he gave her a bottle of wine and be aware to acknowledge his respect for her, she ignored it.

Whereas Ali did not reply to Selection when the publication reached out to her for remark, she informed TVLine, “I’m deeply saddened to listen to about Leonard Roberts’ expertise on Heroes and I’m heartbroken studying his notion of our relationship, which completely doesn’t match my reminiscence nor expertise on the present. I respect Leonard as an artist and I applaud him or anybody utilizing their voice and platform. I’m really sorry for any function I could have performed in his painful expertise throughout that point and I want him and his household the easiest.”

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What’s simply as disturbing, if no more, contemplating these individuals had the facility to intervene and make the correct determination to repair a seemingly poisonous state of affairs, is that Tim Kring, the creator of Heroes, and producer Dennis Hammer, fired Leonard. They fired Leonard realizing that it was attributable to Ali’s habits. Leonard wrote, “[Dennis] stated he wanted me to know I used to be ‘beloved’ and my co-star was ‘hated’ by many for her habits, saying it as if I’d take part. I didn’t; I simply needed to have the ability to do my job and do it effectively. Hammer then made it clear he would deny what he stated if I went public with stated revelation.”

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Dennis added, “Don’t consider this as a state of affairs the place the Black man loses and the white girl wins,” Leonard wrote, including, “And that was the primary time my race was ever acknowledged whereas I used to be part of the present: not for any inventive contribution I may make, however for what I believed was the concern of me changing into litigious.” Leonard shared different horrible particulars, together with that he was billed as a visitor star within the following season (wherein his demise scene is filmed) and was nearly paid as such.

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One other painful element? D.L.’s character was described as “a white man’s nightmare” in a draft of the pilot (Selection verified this was true).

Stars have taken to Twitter to point out their assist, together with Yvette Nicole Brown, who wrote, “I consider @__LeonardRoberts and have skilled a few of what he described myself on units with sure actors that shall stay unnamed by me as a result of their shameful, poisonous habits is theirs alone to personal.”

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“Everybody in Hollywood must learn this. E V E R Y O N E. It’s not sufficient for us to easily ‘survive.’ I’m so sorry for what you went by way of. You’re NOT alone. Thanks for sharing,” DB Woodside additionally tweeted.

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Dennis Hammer’s response to Selection was, “14 years is a very long time in the past, however I bear in mind clearly that Leonard was an excellent man and a complete professional.” Clearly lots of people on that set weren’t.

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