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The Good Doctor season four has been commissioned by the creators of the hit medical drama. However, one character who won’t be returning is Carly Lever (played by Jasika Nicole). The star recently opened up about her exit – here’s what she had to say.
What does Jasika Nicole really think of her The Good Doctor exit?
Carly was first introduced to The Good Doctor as a pathologist back in season one.
However, in season three she was promoted to a series regular ahead of her storyline with Dr Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore).
Fans will remember how Carly and Shaun started dating before she had to come to terms with his feelings for Lea Dilallo (Paige Spara).
After the pair broke up, Carly did not feature much in the final few episodes of the series.
Then following the end of season three of The Good Doctor, showrunner David Shore made the announcement she wouldn’t be returning.
He told TV Line back at the end of March how the character would not be back in a major role in season four of the show.
He said: “I would love to have her back here and there. I love Jasika, and would love to see her on the show, but it will not be in the same capacity.”
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Now actor Jasika Nicole has responded to her exit from the show following the decision.
Opening up to her 19.7 thousand followers on Twitter, she revealed how she felt about leaving the show.
She responded to a fan name @tbathhh who wrote: “Seeing @TheJasikaNicole in The Good Doctor has made my heart so happy.
“Sad to see a genuine relationship btwn [sic] Carly and Shaun end but looking forward to seeing more of her next season?”
Posting on June 12 she wrote in response: “Unfortunately I was not asked to return to the show next season!
“Very disappointing because I really liked being a part of the show but now it feels like I was just used (once again, I’m sensing a trend) as a prop to push forward the other white characters’ narratives.”
She continued in some later tweets to clarify her comments adding: “I’m not claiming to have been misled because I don’t think the producers intended to release me from my contract after just one season.
“(If they had, they likely would have just kept me as recurring instead of inviting me as a series regular).
“I don’t know who is ultimately responsible for the decision, but I am disappointed that my experiences have fallen in line with those of many other black actors who have been invited to shows with much fanfare only to find out that they were actually expendable.”
Express.co.uk has contacted ABC for comment on Nicole’s quotes.
Now in a statement to Express.co.uk, Nicole opened up more about her comments about leaving the show.
She said: “It has long been recognized in our community that POC characters are often brought onto shows with majority white audiences in order to propel white characters forward, and it usually occurs with girlfriend/boyfriend relationships on TV; a white leading character will date a POC guest star or recurring character for a while and will either learn more about themselves or learn more about what it is they truly want, and ultimately they will find their way back to the other white romantic lead that the show has set up for them.
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“The role of this POC character is closely tied with the trope of the Magical Negro, having entered a white character’s life just to teach them something important, and then just kind of disappearing once their ‘work’ is done.
“It also feels peripheral to the Bury Your Gays trope that is super common in television- that wasn’t specifically my experience on TGD, but the frequency with which gay characters (also a marginalized community) are killed off in order to propel a leading character’s story forward has long been documented amongst us.
“When you don’t see yourself in media very often, you try to savor each morsel you are given, but it becomes apparent pretty quickly that we aren’t valued in the same way when the people that represent us onscreen are so frequently and easily discarded.
“I think that TGD had the best of intentions from the start. Instead of remaining as a recurring character as she had the first two seasons, Carly was brought onto the show in Season 3 as a series regular.
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“This was very exciting for me personally and professionally, as I think the cast is supremely talented and I have an intimate connection to the main premise of the show and love getting the opportunity to push conversations about autism and ableism into the spotlight.
“I assumed that an invitation to become a series regular meant that whether or not Carly and Shaun’s characters stayed together, she would exist beyond their romantic relationship, having other storylines and relationships with other characters in the show, and at the very least remaining an important person in Shaun’s life.
“Unfortunately that was not to be the case. Regardless of what the original plan was for Carly, she still ended up in the same place as a lot of POC characters in network tv, having been discarded after her purpose was served.
“These circumstances are familiar to lots of marginalized communities, and I think that’s the most painful part of it- most white creators and audience members don’t even know it’s a thing that we regularly experience.”
The Good Doctor is expected to return later in 2020.
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