Due to differences of opinion, Supernatural actor Jensen Ackles will not be appearing at this year’s Apocalypse in Paris, France. In a letter to the fans, he explains why.
The Supernatural: The Apocalypse fan convention is scheduled to take place from June 1-3, and Jensen Ackles was scheduled to appear alongside Mark Sheppard, Sebastian Roche, Richard Speight, Jason Manns and Chad Lindberg.
But earlier today he released a statement through his wife Danneel Harris’ Twitter account (he doesn’t have one himself), which has been promoted by both Jared Padalecki and Misha Collins. The statement reads:
To all the beloved fans of Supernatural,
Due to differences in opinions and standards as to how the upcoming Paris convention would run, I was forced to make an extremely difficult decision today and will not be attending as planned. I deeply regret the inconvenience to the people I respect and appreciate the most – our fans – and I wanted you to hear the news from me first. I had hoped for a different outcome, but this was unavoidable given the logistics of the weekend. I have returned ALL of the money to the organizers of the event and I hope they will give you the refunds you are due.
I hope that I will have the chance to make things up to you at a future event. In 2013, I will be appearing at Creation Events in Las Vegas, New Jersey, Dallas, Chicago and Vancouver, and Jus in Bello Rome.
Thank you all for the strength of your support and for the continued success of Supernatural. I look forward to seeing you very soon.
That’s bad news for anyone who was planning to attend the Paris convention to see Jensen in person. But he’ll still have his hands full with conventions, from the look of that list!
What do you think about Jensen sending the fans a message online as opposed to just bowing out quietly?
Update: This news sparked the worldwide trending Twitter topic, “Jensen SPNFamily Supports You.” Good to know the Supernatural fandom’s got his back!