Jada Pinkett Smith informed Live! With Kelly and Michael stars Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan on Friday that she likely won’t return for season two of Gotham. Smith plays the role of mobster Fish Mooney, a nightclub owner.
According to a report from People magazine, Jada Pinkett Smith only signed on the dotted line to stay one year on the show.
“I signed for a year, and the year is up,” she told Ripa and Strahan. “But, there are some great things coming ahead on Gotham–believe you me, there’s a lot of good stuff coming.”
Fish Mooney was one of very few new additions to DC Comics’s Batman universe. Jada Pinkett Smith loves that she got the opportunity to portray the character.
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“It definitely has been a real creative joy to have this opportunity to help create this character,” she told People.
She even referred to herself in the third person as she went on to explain her role.
“Fish really gives Jada an opportunity to get into some stuff that Jada wouldn’t and express herself in a way that Jada wouldn’t. Fish goes for it, and I love that about her,” Pinkett Smith explained.
Before retiring Fish Mooney, Jada Pinkett Smith will still get to have some fun with the character. Fox released a statement about the storyline.
“Fish Mooney’s storyline takes a lot of interesting twists and turns into the finale of season one of Gotham,” the statement reads in part.
Have you had the pleasure of watching Jada Pinkett Smith play Fish Mooney on Gotham? Will you check it out before the season finale and the retirement of the role?
Jada Pinkett Smith won’t say how Fish Mooney gets written off the show. Do you think she’s holding out for a possible comeback?
“She could show up anywhere, you never know!” she says.
That leaves things rather open-ended, don’t you think?
There are just four episodes of Gotham left before Jada Pinkett Smith exits the show.