Johnson added that he also informed Universal Pictures about his decision and “all of whom were very supportive as they understand the problem.”
And though Diesel seemingly had good intentions, Johnson called his post an “example of his manipulation,” saying, “I didn’t like that he brought up his children in the post, as well as Paul Walker’s death. Leave them out of it.”
Johnson said that after his earlier conversation with Diesel, he thought they had a “clear understanding” and hoped to leave the franchise with “gratitude and grace.” However, he feels the “this public dialogue has muddied the waters.”
“Regardless, I’m confident in the ‘Fast’ universe and its ability to consistently deliver for the audience, and I truly wish my former co-stars and crew members the best of luck and success in the next chapter,” Johnson concluded.