Kathy Bates is not too happy about how NBC treated her legal drama Harry’s Law.
The actress, who will be starring on the next installment of FX’s American Horror Story this fall, went off on the network today during a panel at the Television Critics Association press tour, taking place this week in Los Angeles.
“I think [NBC] treated us like s–t,” said Bates, when responding to a question about whether or not she had reservations about returning to television. “They kicked us to the curb. I think they disrespected us, I think they disrespected our seven to 11 million viewers every week and I think they’re getting what they deserve.”
Later, Bates clarified that the cancellation of Harry’s Law in May 2012 left her stunned and hurt. “You know, it was just a real difficult emotional thing,” she said. “Going to work every day…you create a family. For me…it was just delightful for me to go to work every day and to lose that on the whim was hard. I loved the part, I loved the people I worked with and it was astounding to feel that as an older person, you weren’t wanted, your audience wasn’t wanted on television.”
During its final season, Harry’s Law averaged a relatively healthy 8.8 million viewers, but the drama only had a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49.
“I think they had a really wonderful show but to me, I’m very excited to be moving on to [American Horror Story] because it’s a magnificent character and very different from Harry and I’m very thankful to be getting to play it,” Bates added. “Easy come, easy go, I guess.”