Drake threatened to quit and pursue legal action over his wheelchair-bound character in “Degrassi,” according to the show’s writer. The Certified Lover Boy rapper starred as Jimmy Brooks in the first six seasons of the hit Canadian teen series. However, in one of the episodes of season four, his character was shot during a school shooting and became paralyzed, forcing Drizzy to portray someone in a wheelchair for the rest of his time on the show.
James Hurst, a previous writer for “Degrassi,” recently recalled a time where the 6 God threatened to leave the show because of his character’s disability.
“There was a letter from a law firm in Toronto, and it was from Aubrey,” he recounted. “It was an odd letter that said, ‘Aubrey Graham will not return to ‘Degrassi’ season six as Jimmy Brooks unless his injury is healed, and he’s out of the wheelchair.’ I said, ‘Get him down here.’ He came in and was like, ‘What letter? I don’t know about that.’ And I said, ‘All right, I understand. But how do you feel about the wheelchair?’”
“He’s like, ‘All my friends in the rap game say I’m soft because I’m in a wheelchair.’ And I said, ‘Well, tell your friends in the rap game that you got shot. How much harder can you get? You got shot, and you’re in a wheelchair.’ He was like, ‘Yeah, yeah.’”
Nonetheless, Hurst convinced Drake to continue playing the character to represent the kids who are actually disabled and in wheelchairs.
“He was so nice and apologetic about everything,” the writer added. “He instantly backed down. I was very passionate about it, and I said, ‘Aubrey, there’s some kid somewhere in a wheelchair, who’s completely ignored, who’s never on television, never gets represented. I need you to represent this person. You’re the coolest kid on the show, and you can say there’s nothing wrong with being in a wheelchair.’”