John Cho Finally Discusses Cowboy Bebop's 'Shocking' Cancelation
John Cho, star of Netflix's ill-fated adaptation of Cowboy Bebop, finally addressed the show's termination.
During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Cho was pressed on his feelings regarding his time as protagonist Spike Spiegel. "I put a lot of my life into [Cowboy Bebop]. I’d gotten injured shooting that show and so I took a year off because of the surgery and devoted myself to rehab, came back and finished the show," said Cho. The actor goes on to say how his life shifted because of the series, moving his family to New Zealand for the duration of the shoot. "It was just a huge event in my life and it was suddenly over. It was very shocking and I was bummed."
Despite Cowboy Bebop's cancelation, which was announced a mere month after the show first premiered on Netflix, Cho was warmed by the response from fans. "I wish I could have contacted everybody and gotten hugs. You can’t do that now, but … I don’t know what this is," said Cho. "I’m mystified a little bit about how you can connect with people that you don’t know doing your work, but I won’t question it. I will value it and treasure it."
While it's currently unknown why Netflix canceled the live-action version of Cowboy Bebop, fans believe the mixed critical consensus and luke-warm ratings did it in. Shortly after the announcement, Cho simply tweeted out a GIF of Tom Selleck in Friends shrugging with the quote, "I'm okay." The actor previously went on record that he was pushing for the show's second season to embrace a "weirder and darker" tone.
Cho isn't the only Cowboy Bebop actor to address the series' unceremonious ending. "[Netflix] went balls to wall for us in order to get it done," wrote Mustafa Shakir, who played Jet Black. "They really looked out for us when shit hit the fan. But at the end of the day business is business and this was a big ship that needed a lot of fuel."
Fans of the series have already let Netflix know that they're unhappy about the decision to cancel Cowboy Bebop. An online petition to save the series managed to gain just under 150,000 individual signatures at the time of writing. While the support may be there, it's currently unknown if the streaming service has any plans to revive the space Western.
The one and only season of Cowboy Bebop is now streaming on Netflix.