‘The Office’ Star Leslie David Baker Refunds Fans After Spinoff Series Stalled

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*“The Office” star Leslie David Baker is refunding more than $100,000 dollars to fans who donated to his 2020 Kickstarter campaign to help fund a spinoff series centered around his character Stanley Hudson.

The campaign page for the “Uncle Stan” spinoff noted that the show would follow Hudson post-retirement, EUR reported previously.

“After enjoying his retirement in Florida, carving wood, enjoying the white sand beaches, and dancing to old disco, Uncle Stan (Leslie David Baker) gets a call from his nephew Lucky in Los Angeles asking for help with his two kids and running his motorcycle/flower shop,” the synopsis for the series read on Kickstarter. “With his business failing, his kids growing up without enough attention, and on the brink of losing his patience with the cast of characters he has working in the shop, Lucky is going to need all the help he can get from no-nonsense Uncle Stan.”

As People reports, production on “Uncle Stan” has stalled so the 65-year-old actor intends to return all donations, People reports.

“We apologize about the delay in updates,” Baker shared on Instagram. “We have been working behind the scenes to get everything on track and rewards fulfilled. We are just as excited as all of you to get this project out and truly appreciate all of your patience and support.”

“The project took longer than anticipated due to circumstances beyond our control,” he continued. “Initial delays were caused because of the COVID lockdowns and pushed us back further than expected.”

“In light of the current economic situation, we felt that this was the best course of action,” Baker explained. “You will receive a message notifying you of your refund as soon as it is issued and you can expect to receive it over the following weeks. We will also be contacting Kickstarter to facilitate expediting this matter. We have remained in constant communication with our backers via direct messaging and rewards have continued to be fulfilled during this time.”

Baker clarified that while the campaign page showed $336,450.53 as total funding, they actually received $110,629.81.

“A large portion of backers’ pledges were lowered, or completely dropped and never collected once the campaign was completed,” he said. “The funds were never used for any purposes other than reward fulfillment and backer refunds, and have otherwise remained accounted for and untouched in the account.”

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