The following article contains discussion of sexual misconduct allegations that some readers may find upsetting.
Netflix has confirmed that a third season of Master of None is currently in development.
The streaming platform has reportedly reduced co-creator and former lead Aziz Ansari's presence in the show, following a sexual assault allegation over three years ago, with the new instalment instead focusing on Lena Waithe's character Denise (per Variety).
While most of the acclaimed comedy-drama's existing episodes centre on Ansari's Dev Shah as he looks for love in New York City and later in Italy, one chapter in its second season sees Denise take centre stage.
It charts several significant Thanksgivings she, Dev and her family have shared together, from the time she came out as a lesbian to her family in 2006, to her bringing her girlfriend Michelle home for the holiday for the first time in 2015 – and how her mother Catherine (Angela Bassett) and sister Joyce (Kym Whitley) react to the news.
The episode earned Ansari and Waithe their first Emmy for writing and Bassett an Emmy nomination in the 'Outstanding Guest Actress' category.
It was in January 2018 that a 23-year-old woman alleged online that she had gone on a date with Ansari, and that the night had ended with a non-consensual sexual encounter with the Parks and Recreation actor.
Ansari said in a statement at the time that he believed the encounter "by all indications was completely consensual".
He added: "It was true that everything did seem okay to me, so when I heard that it was not the case for her, I was surprised and concerned. I took her words to heart and responded privately after taking the time to process what she had said."
In 2019, he addressed the claims again in his stand-up special Aziz Ansari: Right Now, in which he said: "There's times I felt scared, there's times I felt humiliated, there's times I felt embarrassed.
"Ultimately, I just felt terrible that this person felt this way. And after a year or so, I just hope it was a step forward. It moved things forward for me, made me think about a lot. I hope I've become a better person."
If you’ve been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information from Rape Crisis England and Wales who works towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.
Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.
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