Word on the street was that Luke Grimes quit True Blood because of a gay story line writer penned for his character this season.
Grimes – who played vampire James on the HBO show – abruptly quit in December, ahead of the show’s final seventh season, in which his character was to have a relationship with male medium Lafayette. A source told Buzzfeed that Grimes objected after the first few scripts for the season indicted the romantic involvement.
Grimes allegedly said he would play the role if there were no sex or kissing scenes and the attraction was only on the part of Lafayette. The writers apparently said Hell No and stuck to their guns.
A statement from HBO at the time said: “The role of James is being recast due to the creative direction of the character”.
Grimes publicist, Craig Schneider, denies the storey and had this to say for Grimes departure from the show: “Luke always had an out clause as a means of pursuing other opportunities which arose in the form of features, beginning with The Shangri-La Suite, followed by Fifty Shades of Grey, and most recently, Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper with Bradley Cooper. “It had nothing to do with storylines, which he had not been privy to at the time of that posting.”
Nathan Parsons has taken over the role.
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via True Blood star denies he quit show over planned gay storyline · PinkNews.co.uk.