But it does appear that Starz is grooming a suitable replacement for Fuller and Green, in the form of American Gods author Neil Gaiman. Via The Hollywood Reporter, Starz CEO Chris Albrecht told reporters at the TCA winter press tour that American Gods' first season had performed well with viewers, and that he's hopeful there'll be "many more years" for the show - even as Gaiman's official creative role in the series (and exactly what that is) has spurred much discussion. "We're looking for a partner for him who can ensure the television aspect of it gets the appropriate attention". Gaiman himself is serving as an interim showrunner of sorts, with Albrecht saying that "Neil Gaiman will be taking more of a central role, moving forward into a more traditional showrunner function", per Deadline.
"They were not fired, nor did they quit".
"Bryan and Michael will be involved as much as they can be", Albrecht said.
Albrecht also was asked to address information that the reasons behind Green and Fuller's exit stemmed from disagreements over the series' budget.
"Not surprisingly, it's not an affordable show", Albrecht said.
"Budget is always a factor, although Freemantle has been really terrific in being willing to invest. It's faced numerous challenges that terrific, complex, premium shows face in trying to get a successful season".
On Anderson and Chenoweth's possible departures, "I think there's been some confusion around the cast exits", he said. Gillian Anderson seems to be leaving everything, but this not a surprise, we knew she was not necessarily going to come back. "But Kristen Chenoweth is still as far as we know committed to the show obviously depending on her availability". "It might be the thing Bran and Michael are doing in their schedule has not allowed them to focus in the way Freemantle wants them to, but I don' know".
Gaiman, for his part, downplayed that description of his duties, tweeting, "We are in the process of finding a new showrunner (and very close to an announcement)", and noting that his duties as showrunner on Amazon's Good Omens mean that his dance card is pretty full. For now, you can check out Neil Gaiman's Twitter updates here.