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The Flash Star Candice Patton Opens Up About Sticking With Iris Role Despite Online Harassment And 'No Support Systems'

When The Flash debuted on The CW back in the fall of 2014, it didn’t just introduce viewers to a brand-new corner of the then-burgeoning Arrowverse. It also gifted fans with a number of talented actors, including Iris West (eventually Allen) actress Candice Patton. The star has become a fan favorite over the years, with many coming to appreciate her take on the iconic DC Comics character. Sadly though, things got off to a rough start for Patton, as her casting was met with a significant amount of backlash from “fans.” Now, as the superhero show heads towards what could be its final season, Patton is opening up about sticking with the role despite online harassment and initially having a lack of “support systems.”
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'The Flash's Candice Patton Opens Up About Online Racist Attacks, Says CW Left Her 'Unprotected'

Candice Patton is opening up about her early days on The Flash, revealing that she wanted to leave the series "as early as" season 2 due to being "severely unhappy." In a conversation with The Open Up Podcast host Elliot Knight, the 34-year-old dug deep into her experience as the lead actress on the CW series and how difficult her journey has been since its debut in 2014. Patton has portrayed Iris West since the show's premiere, a character who was traditionally white in the comics before the actress earned the role.
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The Flash's Candice Patton Says She Almost Quit Show Because of Fan Harassment

Watch: Candice Patton Wants Inclusivity in Television: Ones to Watch. Candice Patton is detailing the dark side of TV fandoms. The Flash actress recalled being harassed by fans when she joined The CW series as Iris West in 2014. "I wanted to leave the show as early as season two," she recently told The Open Up Podcast. "I remember being like: ‘I can't do this, I'm not gonna make it through, I'm severely unhappy.'"
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The Flash's Candice Patton Feels The CW Didn't Protect Her From Fan Backlash

In 2020, The CW posted to their official Twitter account a message that they "will not tolerate and will block racist or misogynistic comments as well as any hate towards the LGBTQ+ community." But back when The Flash debuted in 2014, series star Candice Patton says the network did nothing to protect her from racist and toxic fans after she was cast in the role of Iris West. Patton, who has now played Iris for eight seasons on the long-running Arrowverse series and is set to return for Season 9 in 2023, explained to The Open Up Podcast (via The Wrap) that at the time, it was "free range" for her to be abused by toxic fans without any intervention from the network.
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Candice Patton says The CW did nothing to protect her against racist fans

Perhaps a Flash of insight would have helped. As the female lead of DC-Universe series “The Flash,” Candice Patton was left to fend for herself upon meeting a barrage of racially charged vitriol spewed toward her by the comic-book superhero’s fanbase after the show’s premiere on the CW in 2014, and she discussed her experiences on the debut episode of “The Open Up Podcast.”
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‘Flash’ Star Candice Patton Says Studio Did Not Protect Her From Racist Fans

Since The Flash first debuted in 2014, Candice Patton has played the female lead on the show. It hasn’t always been easy for her, however, according to recent comments she made on The Open Up Podcast. The actress, who plays journalist Iris West-Allen, spoke about how racist remarks made my fans toward her was shrugged off by The CW and Warner Bros. in her early days of the Arrowverse series. “In 2014, there were no support systems,” she said, “no one was looking out for that. It was just free range to get abused every single day.” Patton says being one of the...
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When Candice Patton debuted as Iris West on The Flash in 2014, her groundbreaking casting pushed representation in comic book adaptations forward in massive ways, as her character was originally portrayed as white in the source material. But while the actor made history onscreen, her experience offscreen dealing with backlash from toxic and racist "fans" online made her want to leave the series after only two seasons.
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Candice Patton Says She Wanted to Leave "The Flash" in Season 2 Due to Racist Fans

Candice Patton is opening up about her early days playing Iris West on "The Flash." In a recent episode of "The Open Up Podcast," The CW star revealed she wanted to leave the series as early as season two due to the racist abuse she received from fans of the show online. Patton went on to share that she didn't receive support from the network at the time, which made the situation all the more isolating.
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The Flash’s Candice Patton Says She Was ‘Treated Differently’ Than Her White Costars: ‘There Were No Support Systems’

While Candice Patton has starred as Iris West-Allen on all eight seasons of The CW’s The Flash, she has not always been content with her on-set experience. “In 2014, there were no support systems,” Patton, 34, recalled during an appearance on “The Open Up Podcast” earlier this month, claiming it was “not easy” to be one of the first Black actresses in the DC television universe. “No one was looking out for that. It was just free range to get abused every single day.”
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