Candice Patton 'wanted to leave' The Flash in season 2 because of 'racist, misogynistic' fans

When Candice Patton debuted as Iris West on The Flash in 2014, her

groundbreaking casting pushed representation in comic book adaptations

forward in massive ways, as her character was originally portrayed as white in the source material.

But while the actor made history onscreen, her experience offscreen dealing

with backlash from toxic and racist "fans" online made her want to leave the series after only two seasons.

In a new interview with The Open Up Podcast, Patton detailed the extent of

the "abuse and harassment" she received for playing Iris.

"It was hard in that aspect, the on-set aspect.

I wanted to leave the show as early as season 2," she says.