The Black Hamptons creator Carl Weber says “haters” are spreading rumors about the popular BET+ limited series and he wants to set the record straight.
Weber posted an open letter on Facebook Wednesday (Sept. 21), to clear up confusion surrounding the show’s future.
“The show has not been canceled (don’t believe everything you read on the internet there are haters out there!!) it was a mini-series that was always intended to become a regular series for BET+,” Weber wrote. “However, after the disastrous ratings of another Black beach community show, the network did have some reservations, which I’m proud to say you folks blew away. BET+ has never had a show this popular.”
The writer, producer and best-selling author was apparently referring to Martha’s Vineyard drama Our Kind of People, which was canceled in May after one season on Fox.
Weber went on to urge fans to keep watching his drama series.
“Now, the real question is, do you want it on BET or BET+ that honestly is up to you,” he continued. “If enough people watch tonight and the following 3 Wednesdays at 10PM on regular BET, they will give to you. A lot of you said you don’t want to pay for what you should get it for free. So, tonight is your chance to step or shut up.”
A rep for Weber did not immediately respond when contacted by Urban Hollywood 411 for additional comment.
The Black Hamptons is based on Weber’s novel by the same name. The series follows a brewing feud between two wealthy Black families — the Brittons and the Johnsons — in the Long Island, New York, community of Sag Harbor — known as “The Black Hamptons.”
The show was first announced in March of this year as a four-part limited series.
The ensemble cast includes Lamman Rucker, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Elise Neal, Brian White, Karon Riley, Mike Merrill, Blac Chyna, Aaron D. Spears, Daya Vaidya, Cameo Sherrell, Franklin Ojeda Smith, Jordan Smith, Jennifer Freeman, and David Andrews.
The series is written by Weber and directed by Trey Haley. It made its streaming debut on Aug. 25, before premiering on the BET cable channel.
But when fans realized there were only four episodes, they took to social media to ask for additional installments. One concerned viewer tweeted: “So they canceled the Black Hamptons already because where is episode 5 and 6 … don’t get me hooked on a show and do this CARL WEBER stop playing.”
In response to that and other tweets, a statement was posted on the show’s Twitter account on Sept. 18, saying: “NOT Cancelled. Only a 4-Episode ‘limited series’ right now. Keep pushing for us and that will, likely, change!!!”
Read Weber’s open letter below: