Lost star HAROLD PERRINEAU JR. has hit out at the show's producers for stereotyping its black cast.
Perrineau Jr - who played Michael in the hit show - will not be appearing in the hit series' fifth season.
And he believes his race was a factor.
He says, "Listen, if I'm being really candid, there are all these questions about how they respond to black people on the show.
"Sayid gets to meet Nadia again, and Desmond and Penny hook up again, but a little black boy and his father hooking up, that wasn't interesting? Instead, Walt just winds up being another fatherless child. It plays into a really big, weird stereotype and, being a black person myself, that wasn't so interesting."
But the show's executive producer Carlton Cuse says, "We pride ourselves on having a very racially diverse cast.
"It's painful when any actor's story line ends on the show. Harold is a fantastic actor whose presence added enormously to Lost."