Shankar told IndieWire:
“I got some disheartening news back, that I’ve verified from multiple sources now: They’re going to drop the Apu character altogether. They aren’t going to make a big deal out of it, or anything like that, but they’ll drop him altogether just to avoid the controversy.
“If you are a show about cultural commentary and you are too afraid to comment on the culture, especially when it’s a component of the culture you had a hand in creating, then you are a show about cowardice. It’s not a step forward, or step backwards, it’s just a massive step sideways. After having read all these wonderful scripts, I feel like sidestepping this issue doesn’t solve it when the whole purpose of art, I would argue, is to bring us together.”
After this news came out, people began tweeting Kondabolu and blaming him for the demise of the character.
Kondabolu took to Twiiter, in the way comics do.
RIP Apu. RIP My Mentions
— Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) October 27, 2018
There was a lot of anger misdirected at Kondabolu.