Things look a little different in “Run the World” season two — starting with one of the main characters. The Starz dramedy returns May 26 to pick up where it left off after the roller-coaster finale of season one with best friends Whitney (Amber Stevens West), Renee (Brescha Webb), and Sondi (Corbin Reed) . However, there’s one face that’s noticeably absent in the season two premiere: Andrea Bordeaux’s Ella.
As fans may remember, though the Harlem-set series focuses entirely on a friend group of girls, it all started at the beginning of the season with Ella as she embarked on the next phase of her struggling writing career at Digital Gossip. Kicked off site Hot Tea Digest. Throughout the first season, Ella’s revived career and hectic love life were major storylines that continued until the very end, where she finally mended things with her on-off, off-off boyfriend, Anderson (Nick Sagar), and Started writing first. chapter of his new book.
Although Ella isn’t completely absent in season two (she’s still mentioned in conversation with her girlfriends), some fans may wonder about the change from the core four and why Bordeaux along with the rest of her “run”. Classmates from The World” did not return to the show.
Read on to find out what we know and see how the cast feels about the change.
Is Ella In “Run The World” Season 2?
Ella of Bordeaux still has a presence in the second season, albeit small, and the show wastes no time addressing her absence at the beginning of the premiere. While back home from her girls’ trip, Whitney mentions that she should have stayed in Tulum, Mexico like Ella, and extended her vacation (mainly to take her mind off her breakup with ex-fiancée Ola). For). Sondi then chimes in to clarify that Ella is still not enjoying a blissful trip to escape reality, but rather staying an extra week to work on her book.
Later in the episode, after Whitney and Ola decide to split up for good, the former gets a text from Ella saying she has some news to share and talks on the phone with all the girls. asks to do. The next scene then cuts to Ella’s boss Barb (Erika Alexander) as we see her friends packing up her apartment. Renee then confirms that Ella will not be returning to Harlem as she has decided to stay in Tulum for the next six months to complete her book. Even Anderson pops by to say goodbye to Whitney, Renee, and Sondi, as the latter tells him to “take care of our girl.”
For viewers who weren’t in the dark during season two production of “Run the World,” Ella being written out of the show doesn’t come as a surprise. Back in February 2022, Bordeaux revealed on Instagram that she would not be returning to the show after reportedly being fired over a COVID-19 vaccine mandate. “Getting the opportunity to play Ella on #RunTheWorld was a dream come true,” she wrote in the caption. “I would love to move forward with this delightful character and these past several weeks have been heartbreaking beyond words to come to terms with this sharp turn in my life, my dreams and career. I have so much love for the cast. ” And the crew of ‘Run the World’ will miss him. I wish you the best of luck.”
Bordeaux added in his post, which included a screenshot of a Deadline report, “Despite what the article said, I did not choose to leave the series and Lionsgate made no effort to find a workable solution. I was fired.” ” She ended her message by writing, “Thank you to everyone who has shown me love and support. I am so grateful for all the kind words, messages and phone calls. I am overflowing and abundant in so many ways and I hope You know it means the world to me.”
What Has the “Run the World” Cast Said About Ella’s Absence in Season 2?
Speaking to POPSUGAR, the cast of “Run the World” shared that they weren’t too worried about continuing their show without Bordeaux. “It was okay. It was something we fell into and we had to walk it out,” Webb noted. And as Stevens West points out, his former co-star’s exit felt like a reflection of the distant friendship many experienced as young adults.
“It’s like in real life because I have had so many friends in my adult life who have moved away and we’re still friends and we keep in touch and it doesn’t make them any less important in my life, and it showed in hai show,” she explains. “Ella is still part of this girl group and she is present in the show and I think it’s handled really well.”
Reid also notes that Ella “has impactful moments” with the girls in season two “just because of how strong their friendship is.” “I mean, the older you get, people move to different cities, they do all kinds of things, so I think it’s a really accurate reflection of what happens in your 30s.” , you know? When people make life decisions,” she continues. “But, for us as actresses, we love each other so much. We knew we had good chemistry and we knew it would be okay.”
According to Stevens West, filming season two was still “as much fun” with a trio as it was with the original four. And despite the fact that he’s no longer working with Bordeaux, Webb says, “The love doesn’t change.” “Covid-19 has shown us that friendship is needed at all times and you can have it whenever you can and to receive grace; give grace to your friends. That’s why you have to do it.”
“Run the World” airs new episodes on Fridays on Starz.