Andrea Bordeaux leaves Run The World over vaccine mandate, admits she was fired

Andrea Bordeaux as Ella on Run The World
Run the World is an eight episode half hour Starz dramedy that premiered last summer. It features four friends in modern (non-pandemic) New York City navigating careers and relationships in their early 30s. It was created by Leigh Davenport and co-produced by Living Single creator Yvette Lee Bowser. It’s been called a Black Sex and The City but it’s so much more than that. I disliked Sex and The City, even back when it aired, and Run The World makes me care about the characters and their world more than SATC ever did.

My favorite character is Renee, an hilarious ad executive, but I also love Ella. Ella works at a company called Hot Tea Digest and while her life is so much more glamorous than mine, she’s a gossip blogger! I definitely relate to her. Unfortunately the actress who plays Ella, Andrea Bordeaux, is an anti-vaxxer. Deadline announced that Bordeaux is exiting as season two is about to film as she refused to comply with the vaccine mandate. She then released a long ass statement about her spirituality or something and admitted she was fired. Good. Here are excerpts from both Deadline and Bordeaux’s statement.

As Starz’s comedy series Run the World is preparing to start production on its second season, it will be without one of its stars, Andrea Bordeaux. Run the World studio Lionsgate Television confirmed to Deadline that Bordeaux is not returning for Season 2.

According to sources, Bordeaux’s departure stems from the new Covid protocols on the show. Lionsgate requires casts as well as crews working in Zone A on their productions to be fully vaccinated.

I hear Lionsgate Television had conversations with Bordeaux about her concerns over the vaccine mandate and reasonable ways to accomodate them. Ultimately, the two sides could not find a workable solution, and Bordeaux opted to leave the series. The actor declined comment; she is expected to publicly address her decision in a statement at her own time.

Bordeaux’s role will not be recast. It is unclear whether the series will introduce a new character to fill the void left by her departure as one of Run the World‘s four leads. – From Deadline

Despite what the article says, I did not opt to leave the series and Lionsgate made no efforts to find a workable solution. I was fired.

My heart is with all of the people around the world who feel that they are losing so much due to their choice to stand in their convictions and to honor their deepest core beliefs. What I know for certain is that when you are leading with your heart and honoring the path that Spirit has laid out for you, nothing can be taken away that will not be returned 1000 fold. I surrender to that with profound Peace and Joy and I encourage you to do the same.

Thank you to everyone who has shown me Love and support. I am so grateful for all of the kind words, messages, and phone calls. I’m overflowing and abundant in so many ways and I hope you know that it means the world to me. – From Andrea Bordeaux on Instagram

[From Deadline and Instagram]

My heart is with all of the people around the world who feel that they are losing so much due to their choice to stand in their convictions and to honor their deepest core beliefs.” Almost six million people have DIED OF COVID you complete dumbass. Tens of millions more are permanently disabled. Healthcare workers have severe PTSD. Others are dying of treatable conditions because there are not enough resources. All the positive thinking, meditation and wheatgrass shots in the world will not give you a magic forcefield against covid. Wait and see how that works out for you.

My friend Karen got me into Run the World, you know her if you listen to our podcast. We would talk about it as it aired last summer and we were really looking forward to it coming back. All four of the leads are central, but I will still watch it without Ella. If the show had made an exception for Bordeaux, I would have a hard time watching it with her. I’m afraid this is the issue I’m going to have with the Black Panther sequel and I’m hoping they limit Leticia Wright’s screen time for that reason. (She probably got vaxxed, but there are some things you can’t forget about people.)

How disappointing that Bordeaux is an antivaxxer and conspiritualist. She’s jeopardized the future of this show and all of the people they employ, not to mention her own life. Plus, you would assume that they have the scripts written and that they’re going to have to scramble to write out her character. (Thanks Karen for pointing that out.) Bordeaux is not going to find work after this, which is completely fair.

I need to know what happens with Whitney’s wedding!!

photos credit: Starz via Instagram

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  1. BlueSky says:

    Are all those people showing you love and support gonna pay your bills??? This really makes me angry as someone who was a fan of her character and as someone who is in the healthcare industry. I feel bad for the actor who plays her boyfriend and Erika Alexander who played her boss because I doubt they will be brought back. So good luck finding another job, dear because these mandates aren’t going away.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      I hope she doesn’t plan on starting a funding for her dumbass and her selfishness for not being as responsible adult during a pandemic. If only every single person in this country would be fired for NOT being vaccinated!!

      She can now take her unemployed ass to the streets as an anti-vaxxer that she is!!

  2. shanaynay says:

    I just can’t anymore with these people. Hopefully, this show will thrive w/o this f’ing dumba**!!!!!

  3. Giddy says:

    So beautiful, so talented, and so stupid. Her statement is pure hogwash. What a shame.

  4. North of Boston says:

    CB, you forgot to capitalize “Positive Thinking” lol!

    I get the feeling this twit’s idea of “reasonable accommodations” is her getting to remain vax free and the rest of the production bending to accommodate her choice to be an anti-vax COVIDiot.

    Buh buhbye

  5. girl_ninja says:

    Oh well. On to the next. Hopefully they replace her with someone who is responsible and who cares about the health and safety of those around them.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      “On to the next”

      yup. it’s like these people don’t realize HOW MANY PEOPLE are looking for a break into the biz…there’s always someone right behind you willing to do what you aren’t. unless you’re someone like…say, Madonna or Steven Spielberg…YOU ARE REPLACEABLE.

  6. Izzy says:

    That’s a lot of words for “I don’t care about science or think about why I don’t know anyone who’s had polio.”

  7. Smacd says:

    I’m convinced that all the hippy, immune system crap is because we’re dealing with a respiratory virus. People think that since they survived a few colds and flus, they will easily overcome covid. No one would be spewing this natural immunity shit about HIV. They’d all run out and get the vaccine and be grateful AF.

    • Korra says:

      Yup. I would bet money that if one of covid’s primary symptoms was huge boils that could potentially lead to long-term scarring, especially without the vaccine, these folks would toss their religious convictions and conspiratorial doubts in a heartbeat to get the shot.

  8. tw says:

    If that’s the dumbass hill she wants to die on. Plenty of talented people who would kill for the opportunity she got.

  9. lucy2 says:

    Looks like the “workable solution” was she needed to be vaccinated to do her job, and she refused to do it. So, no more job for her. Foolish on many levels.

  10. Stephanie says:

    My sister sent me the Deadline tweet happily as this was her least favorite character! My favorite is Amber Stevens West as Whitney so I’m glad she’s vaxxed and staying!

  11. Ceej says:

    I don’t get this anti-vaccine sentiment and I wonder how long before we see civil lawsuits against unvaccinated who can directly be linked as the patient zero for someone having long term covid/losing a loved one. That’s the full extent of personal accountability. Don’t get vaccinated but if that decision kill’s someone else… there’s a consequence.

    • Desdemona says:

      That already happens in my country. The law states that if you knowingly go around being positive for Covid, it’s considered spreading a deadly disease and you can face jail time.
      Any contagious disease (from AIDS to Covid) are subject to the law…

  12. pottymouth pup says:

    If a series is unable to recast a character after the actor playing the role refuses to follow COVID protocols, I think the series should have that character die of COVID after refusing to get vaccinated

  13. Mia4s says:


    And considering how many other people are likely saying “who?” I wonder how fast her agency is going to drop her. Leaving aside that getting vaccinated (unless you are medically unable) is the smart and right thing to do; You’re nobody. And nobodies in Hollywood cannot pull this s**t. She gets a break (I hesitate to say big break, because I’ve also never heard of the show) and pulls this? My GOD her agent must have gone apoplectic when they heard this!

  14. sunny says:

    Really like the show. The cast has great chemistry. Ella was a good character and will be missed but frankly the rest of the cast is strong so the show can move on without her. And good for them for not indulging this nonsense and protecting the rest of the cast and the crew.

  15. Bex says:

    Starz gave her an out that didn’t detail why she left, and then she just went an announced to every future employer/casting director/director that she’s unemployable because she won’t abide by company policy?


  16. paige says:

    She went to my tiny high school in central Texas. I was excited to see her on global news, then sad when I saw it was for being an anti vaxxer :/