After shooting the first iteration of the pilot in Jordan Reid’s apartment, FX hired the gang to reshoot the episode for the network’s consideration, and the project moved further and further out of Reid’s hands. The core four made a pact that they would only do the series if FX picked up all of them, but their agreement quickly fell by the wayside when rifts began to form in McElhenney and Reid’s relationship. Her first clue that their pact wouldn’t be honored came before the pilot even went to series.
“One day I walked into the office that FX had set up for the show, and was surprised to find three desks: one for Rob, one for Glenn, and one for Charlie,” she wrote. “They’d all been made executive producers. Very quickly — almost overnight — I went from being at the center of the project to standing on the periphery.”
Reid tried to ignore the fact that her relationship with McElhenney would impact her involvement in “Sunny,” but the truth soon became impossible to avoid. To the studio executives, she was “nothing more than another blonde actress,” she realized.
Once her romance with McElhenney ended, so too did her involvement in the show. The studio already saw her as disposable, and as executive producers, the boys had absolute power to replace her.
“The pilot wrapped, and shortly afterwards I ended my relationship with Rob,” Reid recalled. “During one of our break-up conversations, he told me in no uncertain terms that if I did not stay in the relationship, I would be off the show. I broke up with him anyway, and moved into the house that we had been planning to share all by myself.”