Angela Lansbury Throws Shade At Octavia Spencer For ‘Murder, She Wrote’ Reboot

Angela Lansbury is not happy about the reboot for her hit series Murder, She Wrote, and she’s sounding off. NBC announced their plans to reboot the series Murder, She Wrote with The Help’s Octavia Spencer in the lead role that Angela Lansbury took on.

Not exactly taking the diplomatic approach, when Lansbury was approached to make a statement over the news about Octavia Spencer stepping into her role, she had a bit to get off her chest.

Of the Murder, She Wrote reboot, Angela Lansbury said it was “a mistake.” Not mincing words at all Lansbury said of the new Murder, She Wrote series:

“I think it’s a mistake to call it Murder, She Wrote, because Murder, She Wrote will always be about a Cabot Cove and this wonderful little group of people who told those lovely stories and enjoyed a piece of that place, and also enjoyed Jessica Fletcher, who is a rare and very individual kind of person. So I’m sorry that they have to use the title Murder, She Wrote, even though they have access to it and it’s their right.”

Angela Lansbury didn’t have an unkind word to say about Octavia Spencer, but she didn’t exactly hide her disappointment that she was involved with the new Murder, She Wrote:

“I saw her in The Help and thought she was absolutely wonderful, a lovely actress. So I wish her well, but I wish it wasn’t in Murder, She Wrote.”

In the reboot Octavia Spencer is set to play, “a hospital administrator and amateur sleuth who self-publishes her first mystery novel.”

In the original Murder, She Wrote Lansbury played an English teacher turned detective who was always ahead of the detectives on the murder cases. During its initial run Lansbury was nominated for 10 Golden Globe Awards and 12 Emmy’s for her role.

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