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Jay Ellis’ Character Lawrence is Not Returning for Season 3 of Insecure

By JaVonni Brustow / Published on Tuesday, 24 Jul 2018 21:50 PM / No Comments
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Jay Ellis from HBO’s Insecure has now been revealed to not be returning for the show’s third season. Playing the lead character Issa Rae’s boyfriend, Lawrence, Jay Ellis has gone from being the proverbial shiftless boyfriend to the one she couldn’t live without.. and how could she? He gave us a few amazing sex scenes. Maybe that’s why the last episode in season 2 ended in her tearing her apartment up after an argument with him. That’s behavior that only happens after good sex.

Regarding her creative decision to can her ex and write him out of the show, Issa had this to say to Vulture at this weekend’s Insecure Fest in L.A., “We want to stay as true to life as possible. They had a great conversation at the end of season two and it was just about like, hey, she’s moving on Daniel, sometimes we have those conversations.” “You never see the exes again. And it’s okay! You gotta explore life without Lawrence.”

The show’s fellow executive producer Prentice Penny also chimed in saying “At the end of the day, we’re always trying to tell stories that are true and authentic. We were in the writers room and we were initially talking about, Okay, well what is he doing?… Well, he’s not in her life right now. It was hard to make stories around that.

We just said, well, if he’s not around, he’s not around. Let’s just deal with the reality of what her life is now. Let’s be true to that, when you breakup and you have closure.”

the exit of Lawrence from the show gives Issa a chance to explore time with Daniel, played by Y’lan Noel. There is however a problem there for us millenials and that’s the fact that Y’lan isn’t on social media. It’s kind of hard to find a millenial show and not be able to follow the cast online. And it isn’t that people have not been looking for him. After a sex scene from him where he came in Issa’s eye, we’re sure fans have been checking to see if he’s decided to change his mind on his stance of not being online. He told The Fader that he was just “too boring” to be on social media last year. He also thinks his Instagram would be “weak.”

“It’s organic,” said Noel. “I like social media, it just doesn’t agree with me. I’m just a monk, I’m like a recluse. I like it for other people though. I’m not interested in people being interested in me. They’d be mad at me,” he added. “It would be pictures of wheatgrass smoothies and National Geographic polar bears. It would be the weakest Instagram known to man.”

In an interesting turn of events, when he first auditioned to be on the show he said he read to be Lawrence which is actually the character he wanted to be all along.

“I read for both of them but Lawrence was the person I was more interested in playing at first,” said Noel. “We only had the first script. Lawrence, even though he was sort of a bum, I felt like he reminded me of where I was at that time in my life to be honest. I didn’t have my own space and independence. I was in a transitional time , in the same way Lawrence was. I was trying to figure out what was next. Daniel seemed a lot more confident and more in his bag than I was. It didn’t vibrate with me at first.”

Well look at God. Things always work out in the end, don’t they? This cast change is healthy and could teach the rest of us something as Jill P. Weber Ph.D. did a piece for Psychology Today stating it’s best to stay out of contact with your ex. “And yet the single best way to accelerate the healing process after a breakup or divorce is this: Stop contact with the ex,” she writes. You might feel the need to check in on your ex’ family or wish a happy birthday when that time comes around but as she says, “In reality, the only legitimate reason for contact not to be avoided is if you have children and must communicate about co-parenting responsibilities—and even in that case, you should maintain boundaries by limiting conversation to matters pertaining to the children. Otherwise, continuing, or attempting to continue, communication with your ex will only prolong your suffering—and prevent you from beginning a productive process of letting go.” It’s a harsh reality but it’s good advice.

Jay Ellis got a good deal out of his time on the show. He won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. But if you’re interested in seeing more of Issa Rae, he’s in the American comedy drama film In a Relationship. It appeared at the Tribeca Film Festival this year. No word on its release but he’s also the Executive Producer of a web series by the name of Hard Medicine, a show taking place in a low income hospital. I was surprised to see the fan page didn’t have many likes. If fans want to support Jay, they should support his work and watch an episode or two. Hard Medicine launched on Facebook here last year and he’s doing a good job in the filed of production so far.

Glitzers, are you ready for an Insecure without Lawrence? The new season airs on HBO August 12th.


About JaVonni Brustow

Urban Conservative, Principal at VM3 Media, Co-Editor-in-Chief of and, Javonni Brustow is a Communications and Media Consultant in Washington, DC with a decade of experience as a seasoned concert producer, marketing expert and brand management expert with multiple news publications. He can be heard LIVE Sundays at 3pm on Popglitz Radio and is a regular on the 'Did She Say That' Breitbart Radio Show with Sonnie Johnson. Inquiries: