Robert Kirkman Downplays 'The Walking Dead' Writing Changes

The Walking DeadA bombshell dropped earlier this week with the news that Frank Darabont was letting go of his writing staff on "The Walking Dead," but according to one of the show's executive producers, the decision is hardly as lethal as a zombie outbreak.

Robert Kirkman, a writer and executive producer on the hit AMC series as well as the co-creator of the original comic book series, spoke with TV Guide about the forthcoming changes to the "Walking Dead" writing team, saying that the announcement earlier this week was "unfortunate" and "premature."

"It's kind of unfortunate that it's being reported that our writing staff has been fired because that's not the case," he said. "It makes Frank look bad. I don't think Frank wants it out there that he's just firing people off of a successful show seemingly for no reason."

Kirkman added that executive producer Charles "Chic" Eglee, one of the many writers reportedly ousted from "The Walking Dead," actually chose to leave on his own accord.

"Chic Eglee is a high-level television writer," said Kirkman. "He was brought onto 'The Walking Dead' with the idea that Frank was going to work on the first season and then go off and do movies. Chic didn't want to be second-in-command on a show when he's used to being a top dog, and so he decided to go off and do something else, which is something that happens and is not a big deal."

As for how Darabont and Kirkman plan on tackling the writers situation going into season two of "The Walking Dead," Kirkman said: "It's a little premature to be nailing down. I don't know if it's going to be a freelance situation or if we're going to have writers in a writers' room."

"Everybody knows what they're doing," he added. "AMC has done a few television shows before, and Frank Darabont is a professional. Whatever is decided, I don't think it will affect the show one way or another."

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