Johnson said that he had also told Universal Pictures of his decision, and they were all supportive because they understood the issue.

And though Diesel seemingly had good intentions, Johnson called his post an “example of his manipulation,” saying, “I didn’t like that he brought up his children in the post, as well as Paul Walker’s death. They should be left out.

Johnson said that after his earlier conversation with Diesel, he thought they had a “clear understanding” and hoped to leave the franchise with “gratitude and grace.” Johnson feels that “this public dialog has muddied” the waters.

Johnson stated, “Regardless, however, I am confident in the universe of ‘Fast,’ and its ability consistently deliver for audiences, and I wish my former crew members and co-stars the best luck and success in their next chapter.”