“I’m extremely saddened and sorry that some sentiments have been hurt by a recent episode of Quantico,” Chopra tweeted on Saturday. “That was not and would never be my intention. I sincerely apologise [sic]. I’m a proud Indian and that will never change.”
“The Blood of Romeo,” which aired on June 1, saw Chopra’s FBI agent Alex Parrish thwarting a terrorist attack by Indian nationalists, who sought to blame the planned violence on Pakistan — all this just days before a summit between India and Pakistan.
The content sparked a firestorm online with some viewers calling it a “nonsensical” and “stupid ass episode,” while others asked how Chopra, an Indian actress, could have gone along with the storyline.
“ABC Studios and the executive producers of Quantico would like to extend an apology to our audience who were offended by the most recent episode, ‘The Blood of Romeo,'” a statement from ABC Studios and the producers read. “The episode has stirred a lot of emotion, much of which is unfairly aimed at Priyanka Chopra, who didn’t create the show, nor does she write or direct it. She has no involvement in the casting of the show or the storylines depicted in the series.”
They continued: “Quantico is a work of fiction. The show has featured antagonists of many different ethnicities and backgrounds, but in this case we inadvertently and regrettably stepped into a complex political issue. It was certainly not our intention to offend anyone.”
Quantico, currently in its third and now final season, was canceled by ABC in May, as was the Kiefer Sutherland-led Designated Survivor.