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Kim's Convenience star defends spin-off following show's cancellation

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Photo credit: CBC
Photo credit: CBC

Kim's Convenience star Paul Sun-Hyung Lee has responded after the show was cancelled and a spin-off focusing on Nicole Power was announced in its stead, leading to controversy.

The actor, who led the series as family patriarch Appa, posted a photo alongside the Shannon Ross actress to his Instagram.

"This is my friend @nicoleppower I met her in 2016 when we were shooting Season 1 of @kimsconvenience," he wrote.

Photo credit: @angryappa - Instagram
Photo credit: @angryappa - Instagram

Related: Why Kim's Convenience was cancelled

"I had heard she was hilarious and talented and above all else: kind. I was lucky enough to have a few scenes with her that season and she blew me away with how funny she was. Over the next five years she impressed me with her professionalism, intelligence, talent, and again, her kindness.

"She brought (100%) of who she was to set everyday and in my opinion helped make the show as strong and as funny as it was. I'm privileged to call her my friend and I care for her very much. I'm personally very excited to see what she can do with her new show Strays.

"There are super fabulous and talented actors who are part of that cast and I'm also a fan of the writers as I worked with many of them during my time at Kim's and consider them friends too. I want my friends to succeed, just as I would hope they would do the same for me. Because at the end of the day, I believe kindness and love trump all."

Photo credit: Canadian Press/Shutterstock
Photo credit: Canadian Press/Shutterstock

Controversy arose after Marvel star Simu Liu, who played Jung Kim in the show, said he was "resentful of all of the circumstances that led to the one non-Asian character getting her own show".

He also said that he was "frustrated" that his character wasn't allowed to grow, criticised the low pay and the lack of Asian representation behind the scenes.

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