'The Walking Dead's' Josh McDermitt Quits Social Media Over Death Threats
Walking Dead star Josh McDermitt, who portrays Eugene on the zombie drama, has shut down all of his social media accounts across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram after he received death threats online.
"Death threats, don't send me death threats, because I will—I'm gonna report all that [expletive] to the cops," the actor said during a final Facebook Live video about the harassment he was receiving, Entertainment Weekly reported.
Steven Ogg (Simon), Katelyn Nacon (Enid) and Pollyanna McIntosh have been promoted to series regular when 'The Walking Dead' returns for Season 8 this fall.
"I'm just sick of it. You can hate Eugene, I don't care. I'll argue that you're wrong, but you can think whatever you want. But when you start saying you hope I die, I don't know if you're talking about Josh or Eugene. I gotta report that [expletive]," McDermitt continued.
"Just stop complaining about everything on the Internet," he added. "Seriously. Go spend time with your friends or family or loved ones. Just get off the Internet. Is there anything else, other than I love you? I do. I love you guys."
The character was killed by Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) in the Season 7 premiere.
The online harassment comes after McDermitt's character Eugene has become somewhat of a villain on The Walking Dead, alining himself with current antagonist Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his band of Saviors after he was initially kidnapped by the group for his technical expertise.
Eugene was last seen in the Season 7 finale fully embracing his role among the Saviors and not wanting to join back up with main character Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his crew.
The Walking Dead returns to AMC for its eighth season in October.
By Wade Sheridan
Originally published in UPI Entertainment News.