Considering how Tyrese Gibson has been open about his distaste for Dwayne Johnson and his spinoff film, and now - finally - he's responded.
In an Instagram post - seriously, why is everyone posting on Instagram nowadays? - Johnson made his case for the Hobbs spinoff and while he didn't directly reference Tyrese Gibson, he made it clear that "candy-asses need not apply."
Here's the post in question, with a little bit of footage announcing the release date of July 26th, 2019.
Daddy’s gotta go back to work ~ Hobbs. Pumped to expand and build out the FAST & FURIOUS universe in a cool, exciting way with our @sevenbucksprod, writer/producer Chris Morgan, producer Hiram Garcia and lead producer and my bigger twin, Neil Moritz. Thank you UNIVERSAL STUDIOS for being tremendous partners who see the big picture and for coming to us years ago with this spinoff idea. Huge shout to my brother, Jason Statham for the trust and wanting to create and deliver something fresh and bad ass for the fans. I have a tremendous amount of respect for this franchise that I’ve enjoyed droppin’ blood and sweat in over the years and my vision is to create greater opportunities for not only my fellow FF cast mates, but for other amazing actors as well who want to be a part of something new and cool. I want to use my spinoff platform to create new characters that fans will ultimately love to have fun with in multiple chapters and platforms. Film, TV, Digital, Virtual Reality etc.. the more opportunities we can create the better for the fans. Smart business. Let’s have some FUN and to quote, Hobbs the boss, if you don’t like it, we’re happy to beat that ass like a Cherokee drum. #HOBBS #SevenBucksProds #NewOpportunities #CandyAssesNeedNotApply JULY 2019
To be fair to Tyrese Gibson, he really is being a candy-ass about all this. Fast and Furious isn't some sort of hallowed franchise that can't be disrupted. Of course there should be a spinoff for Hobbs and Shaw - it makes absolute sense considering they were the best part of Fast and Furious 8.
Not only that, Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham have such a natural chemistry that it makes sense for them to team up and do their own thing. Not only that, if the rumours of Shane Black directing / writing the Hobbs spinoff turn out to be true, that's really going to be something to get excited about.