"I am in a state of absolutely boiling rage right now."
If that's your internal monologue as you fire up your computer to send out a furious email to your coworkers, the next morning at work won't be a pleasant one. If that's the first line of an actual email you sent to your coworkers, well, you might get fired and wind up having your correspondence released to the public as part of a legal battle with your employer, which is exactly what happened to Frank Darabont, the former executive producer of AMC's hit zombie show The Walking Dead.
A brief recap of the essential plot details before getting to the juicy quotes (and there are LOTS): Darabont, a writer/director/producer most well known for directing the Stephen King adaptations The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, was the executive producer of Season 1 of The Walking Dead. It... did not go well. Disputes over budget and personality clashes led to Darabont's termination as showrunner way back in 2011 -- the director eventually filed a lawsuit against AMC seeking $280 million, which precipitated the release of his emails, as they were entered into court records and epistolary history.
These are the Hamlet of angry work emails, a masterwork of unparalleled vitriol and shocking lack of regard for others' feelings written with exceptional style and diction, emphasizing time and time again the fact that Darabont is obviously surrounded by lazy, incompetent morons, jeez, does he have to do everything around here?
They are hilarious.
According to Variety, Darabont has said that the emails contain "hyperbole," but doesn't back down from their basic substance. A classic "sorry, not sorry" from a man who clearly has a lot of feelings and not much of an emotional filter.
But you want to know what he actually wrote. Check out some of the highlights, and put them in your back pocket the next time you don't get those Excel sheets filled out exactly the way you asked.