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Talent agency Global Artists drops listing of Seyi Omooba after anti-gay post

Seyi Omooba as Nettie in a concert performance of The Color Purple at Cadigan Hall in 2017. Photo: Scott Rylander Seyi Omooba as Nettie in a concert performance of The Color Purple at Cadigan Hall in 2017. Photo: Scott Rylander
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Talent agency Global Artists is no longer listing Seyi Omooba as a client following the fallout of The Color Purple row.

The agency has previously represented the performer, and had a page dedicated to her on its website.

However, since a Facebook post emerged in which she claimed being gay was not “right” – which led to her leaving the forthcoming tour of The Color Purple – the agency has removed the page.

It has also removed a page in which it announced she had been cast in the production.

The Stage contacted the agency but was told it would not be commenting.

Its removal of the actor comes just days after it was announced Omooba would no longer be starring in The Color Purple, in the lead role of Celie.

In a statement issued jointly by Curve in Leicester and the Birmingham Hippodrome, the theatres said: “On Friday March 15, a social media post dating from 2014, which was written by The Color Purple cast member Seyi Omooba, was reposted on Twitter. The comments made by Seyi in that post have caused significant and widely expressed concerns both on social media and in the wider press,” they said in a joint statement.

The statement added: “Following careful reflection it has been decided that Seyi will no longer be involved with the production. This decision was supported by the authors and Theatrical Rights Worldwide.”

Seyi Omooba to leave The Color Purple after row over ‘homophobic’ Facebook post

It has not been made clear whose decision it was for Omooba to leave the show.

This week, a website carried a story claiming Omooba stood by comments she made in her Facebook post from 2014.

However, the actor has since tweeted to say the article was false.

“The article posted yesterday by Bernard Dayo regarding a statement made by me is false, I have no publicist, I have made no recent statement. I have no idea who these people are. This is false information,” she said.

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