Jerrika “Peaches” Little was featured on two seasons of The Chi before a controversy involving a former castmate caused the actress to leave the show.
In the showtime series, Jerrika was a well-to-do Spelman graduate who hoped to help her boyfriend, Brandon (played by Jason Mitchell), leave his old life behind. Although the two had plans of one day opening a restaurant together, things went left after the actors had an altercation offscreen that no one saw coming.
It’s been quite a while since Peaches left the show and reruns of The Chi remind us how much we miss her. So, who is Peaches on The Chi? The actress has been pretty busy since her exit.
Meet Tiffany Boone, the actress who played Peaches on ‘The Chi.’
Baltimore-born actress Tiffany Boone secured several supporting roles before she joined the cast of Lena Waithe’s Showtime series The Chi and was catapulted into the spotlight. Since then, Tiffany has also starred in Little Fires Everywhere as a young Kerry Washington and she also appears alongside Nicole Kidman in Nine Perfect Strangers.
In May of 2019, Tiffany accused her onscreen boyfriend of sexual misconduct and harassment and quietly exited the series. Tiffany’s allegations came after Lena brought Ayanna Floyd Davis on board to be the showrunner for Season 2. According to Lena, her decision was made to ensure the safety of The Chi’s female cast members. But sources suggest that Lena changed her tune when Jason came under fire.
While many accused Lena of turning a blind eye to Tiffany’s claims, the series creator explained that the damage had already been done when she discovered what had happened between the two. Not long after Tiffany’s departure, Ayanna also alleged that Jason had behaved inappropriately and confirmed that she would not be returning for Season 3. Following Ayanna’s claims, Jason was fired from the show. But how did Brandon die on The Chi?
How did Brandon die on ‘The Chi’? Details on Jason Mitchell’s exit from the series.
According to Lena, Season 2 had already wrapped production when the allegations against Jason surfaced, which is why his character wasn’t written out of the show in the finale. But Season 3 reveals that Brandon was killed by an unspecified assailant on the streets, much like his brother.
Showrunners used Brandon’s death to pay homage to the families of gun violence victims who have been forced to bury their children too soon. Since his firing, Jason has been vocal about his departure from the show, which he says stems from his disagreement with Ayana and a dispute between him and the network.
“The actual reason that I got let go was because Disney saw what was going on with Desperados and they just bought Showtime, so they decided not to pick up my option,” he previously told The Breakfast Club. "I’ve been on the show for what was about to be three seasons. I was nominated for an award, so you know, I was asking for money and all these different sorts of things and they just weren’t down to do it.”