Netflix dumps Latina housekeeper character from Neil Patrick Harris sitcom ...

Netflix dumps Latina housekeeper character from Neil Patrick Harris sitcom ...
Netflix dumps Latina housekeeper character from Neil Patrick Harris sitcom ...

Netflix has nixed a Latina housekeeper character from its upcoming sitcom Uncoupled, which stars Neil Patrick Harris, after a veteran actor read for the part and publicly slammed it as 'hurtful and derogatory.'  

The show, set to release next year, follows a gay man, played by Harris, 48, who is thrust into the New York dating scene after his husband of 17 years suddenly leaves him.

In September, a script for the series' first episode initially featured a small role of Latina cleaning lady, named Carmen, who dotes on Harris' character.

However, the streaming service has since done away with the part, after veteran actress Ada Maris, 64, read for the role, and subsequently penned an open letter to Harris and the show's creator, Darren Star - the mind behind popular programs like Beverly Hills, 90210; Melrose Place; and Sex and the City.

Maris also shared the letter with Variety days after reading for the role, and told the outlet that the housekeeper was stereotypical and flat. 

'When I opened it and saw that it wasn’t even funny - it was hurtful and derogatory - I was shocked because I walked in expecting something very different given the way things are nowadays and the progress we've made,' the Mexican-American actress, whose real name is Ada Marentes, griped to the outlet of the role.    

'When I opened it and saw that it wasn’t even funny - it was hurtful and derogatory - I was shocked because I walked in expecting something very different given the way things are nowadays and the progress we've made,' Mexican-American actress Ada Maris, whose real name is Ada Marentes, said of the role, after reading a script on September 27

'When I opened it and saw that it wasn’t even funny - it was hurtful and derogatory - I was shocked because I walked in expecting something very different given the way things are nowadays and the progress we've made,' Mexican-American actress Ada Maris, whose real name is Ada Marentes, said of the role, after reading a script on September 27

According to Variety, the Carmen character is initially introduced in the series' first episode, the script that Maris read for.

She is 'hysterical' on the phone with Harris’ character and speaks in broken English about a suspected robbery. 

'Mister, I just get here and they stole!' the character reportedly says in a thick, stereotypical accent, the outlet reported Thursday. 'They stole! They rob you! I don’t know how they get in.'

In a second scene, Carmen brandishes a glass that Harris' character leaves in the sink and says, 'No, I do that. You don’t clean good, you always leave a ring.'

Maris said she was angered by the

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