The season finale of USA’s new hit show, ‘Mr. Robot,’ which was set to air tonight, August 26, has officially been postponed out of respect for the victims of the live TV shootings in Virginia, USA said in a statement.
“The previously filmed season finale of Mr. Robot contains a graphic scene similar in nature to today’s tragic events in Virginia. Out of respect to the victims, their families and colleagues, and our viewers, we are postponing tonight’s episode. Our thoughts go out to all those affected during this difficult time,” the statement released by the network said.
In the early hours of August 26, WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker, 24, and her cameraman, Adam Ward, 27, were shot and killed by a man who is now in dead after self-afflicted wounds. It was all caught on the local newscast, which helped police to catch the killer — when Adam was shot, his camera hit the ground and they got a glimpse of the alleged shooter, Vester Flanagan. The suspected gunman, who went by the TV name, Bryce Williams, was chased down Interstate 66 in Virginia by police, and shot himself. He later died in the hospital.
Vicki Gardner, the woman that Alison was interviewing, was also shot and rushed to the hospital to undergo surgery. She is now in stable condition. A manifesto from the alleged suspect was faxed to ABC News, then submitted to authorities. In it, he alleged he had been discriminated and harassed. He also did say his actions were connected to the Dylann Roof, the Charleston Church shooter, and Seung-Hui Cho, the Virginia Tech shooter.
“Why did I do it? I put down a deposit for a gun on 6/19/15. The Church shooting in Charleston happened on 6/17/15. What sent me over the top was the church shooting. And my hollow bullet points have the victims’ initials on them… Also, I was influenced by Seung-Hui Cho. That’s my boy right here. He got NEARLY double the amount that Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold [the Columbine killers].”
The season one finale of Mr. Robot has been pushed a week to next Wednesday, September 2 at 10 PM. Tonight, USA will air last week’s penultimate episode again. USA has expressed their deepest condolences to the victims.
— Emily Longeretta