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Star Trek: Discovery writer reveals he quit series after being "chastised" for using the N-word

A Star Trek: Discovery writer has revealed he quit the series after being chastised over using the N-word in the workplace.

Walter Mosley, who is black, made the revelation in an op-ed for The New York Times on Friday (September 6).

Titled 'Why I Quit The Writer's Room', Mosley details how he was "chastised" by Human Resources for using the word, which eventually led him to quit the series, arguing that "the worst thing you can do to citizens of a democracy is silence them".

While Mosley didn't name the CBS show specifically in his essay, it is has since been confirmed that Star Trek: Discovery was the show he was writing about.

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In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS TV Studios said: "We have the greatest admiration for Mr. Mosley's writing talents and were excited to have him join Star Trek: Discovery.

"While we cannot comment on the specifics of confidential employee matters, we are committed to supporting a workplace where employees feel free to express concerns and where they feel comfortable performing their best work.

"We wish Mr. Mosley much continued success."

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Mosley's op-ed comes after it was revealed that the third season of Star Trek: Discoverywon't air until 2020.

It also comes after the show's co-creator Alex Kursman teased that season 3 will "shake up canon hugely".

It looks like it will be doing that without any help from Mosley.

Star Trek: Discovery airs on CBS All Access in the US and Netflix internationally, including the UK.

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