Updated 10:15 AM EDT, Sat, Aug 08, 2020

Cristela Alonzo 'Angry' Over ABC's Cancellation of Self-Titled Sitcom

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ABC's cancellation of "Cristela" didn't sit well with the show's creator.

Mexican-American comedian Cristela Alonzo detailed what she felt about the program's cancelled status in a blog post published on Monday, May 11. According to the 36-year-old actress, she received the bad news in Fort Lauderdale via a phone call after doing a stand-up show.

"When I heard the words 'we've been canceled,' I can't tell you how I felt. I was kinda sad, angry and other things," Alonzo wrote. "Since the show was named after me, the first thing I thought about was how I let the cast and crew down. They were out of jobs. I thought to myself, 'I should've done more to promote the show. I could've done more.'"

"Cristela" is a multi-cam comedy which centers on the life of Alonzo's character, the aspiring lawyer Cristela Hernandez, "as she juggled the challenges of a legal internship with the demands of her traditional Mexican family," Entertainment Weekly wrote. The show, which debuted on ABC in October 2014, was loosely inspired on Alonzo's childhood life of living with her late mother and three siblings in an abandoned diner located in San Juan, Texas.

Aside from Alonzo, "Cristela" also starred Maria Canals-Barrera, Carlos Ponce, Terri Hoyos, Gabriel Iglesias, Sam McMurray, Justine Lupe, and Andrew Leeds. According to Entertainment Weekly, the program started with a 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 6.5 million viewers, and plunged to "a low 0.9 demo rating with roughly 4.7 million viewers with its April 17 finale."

"If this show had been something that had been created out of thin air, I don't think it would've been as difficult for me because I would've been playing a character not named Cristela, which gives it less of a connection to me but that's not what this show was. This show was VERY personal to me," Alonzo explained in her blog post.

Alonzo hoped to narrate her experience as a Mexican American through "Cristela." She also expressed the show's significance to both its Latino followers and her own family.

"I was very protective over what I wanted to do in the show and what I didn't want to do in the show because it portrayed real people from my life," she continued in the lengthy blog post. "I thought it was important to show my family because there had never been one like that on TV before."

As for why "Cristela" got cancelled, Alonzo hinted in her blog that it could have been because of the network's lack of support, explaining that the show's Friday schedule was often shuffled in favor of other TV programs.

Though "Cristela" wasn't a critical favorite just like CW's "Jane the Virgin," Alonzo said that she's still proud of how the show reverberated to its Latino fans, adding that meeting people that she wanted to reach was "the best thing" that has ever happened to her.

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