ABC Defends Priyanka Chopra After Quantico Backlash

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ABC has leaped to the defense of Quantico star Priyanka Chopra, following the backlash of a plot on a recent episode of the drama series. 

The FBI drama featured a storyline that revolved around Indian terrorists plotting an attack in Manhattan with the aim of blaming Pakistan for it. 

shortly after the airing of Quantico Season 3 Episode 5, which aired June 1, there was a social media storm about the plot, with many wondering why Chopra, who is Indian, agreed to film the scenes. 

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“ABC Studios and the executive producers of Quantico would like to extend an apology to our audience who were offended by the most recent episode, ‘The Blood of Romeo,’ ” the network said in a statement on Friday. 

“The episode has stirred a lot of emotion, much of which is unfairly aimed at Priyanka Chopra, who didn’t create the show, nor does she write or direct it. She has no involvement in the casting of the show or the storylines depicted in the series."

Related: Quantico Canceled at ABC!

“Quantico is a work of fiction. The show has featured antagonists of many different ethnicities and backgrounds, but in this case we inadvertently and regrettably stepped into a complex political issue. It was certainly not our intention to offend anyone.”

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Quantico is currently airings its third and final season on the network. It was canceled last month after a revamp failed to prop up the ratings. 

Quantico Season 3 is currently averaging 2.5 million viewers and a 0.5 rating among adults 18-49. The network recently shunned the series to Fridays to finish out its run, but the ratings have risen slightly. 

Related: Quantico Banished to Fridays

What do you think of this news, Quantico Fanatics? 

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Hit the comments below. 

Remember you can watch Quantico online right here via TV Fanatic. Get caught up with all the latest developments right now. 

Quantico continues Friday, June 15 at 8/7c.

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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Quantico Season 3 Episode 5 Quotes

Whatever is going on between you, home stays home.


Alex: Something doesn't feel right.
Shelby: No, it doesn't.
Alex: Why do I feel like we're not talking about the case anymore?
Shelby: Ryan told me about what happened at the hospital. You kissed my husband?
Alex: He kissed me, and it was not returned.
Shelby: You two have a complicated history.
Alex: And that's exactly what it is, Shelby, history.