Entertainment Movies Dwayne Johnson Will 'Not' Return to 'Fast and Furious', Calls Vin Diesel's Ask to Come Back Manipulative Dwayne Johnson addressed Vin Diesel’s November Instagram post, in which he asked The Rock to rejoin the Fast & Furious franchise, in a new interview with CNN published Wednesday By Olivia Jakiel Olivia Jakiel Instagram Associate Editor, Nights – PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Published on December 29, 2021 10:35 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos Photo: Steve Granitz/FilmMagic Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is not holding back about his feelings regarding his Fast & Furious costar Vin Diesel. In an interview with CNN published Wednesday, Johnson, 49, addressed an Instagram post made by Diesel in November — in which the 54-year-old actor publicly asked Johnson to rejoin the beloved movie franchise — calling Diesel's move "an example of his manipulation." "I was very surprised by Vin's recent post," said Johnson. "This past June, when Vin and I actually connected not over social media, I told him directly — and privately — that I would not be returning to the franchise. I was firm yet cordial with my words and said that I would always be supportive of the cast and always root for the franchise to be successful, but that there was no chance I would return. I privately spoke with my partners at Universal as well, all of whom were very supportive as they understand the problem." "I didn't like that he brought up his children in the post, as well as Paul Walker's death. Leave them out of it," Johnson continued. "We had spoken months ago about this and came to a clear understanding. My goal all along was to end my amazing journey with this incredible Fast & Furious franchise with gratitude and grace." Dwayne Johnson Teams Up with Daughters to Surprise His Mom with New Car for Christmas: 'This One Felt Good' Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Vin Diesel in 2011. Buda Mendes/LatinContent via Getty "It's unfortunate that this public dialogue has muddied the waters. Regardless, I'm confident in the Fast universe and its ability to consistently deliver for the audience, and I truly wish my former costars and crew members the best of luck and success in the next chapter," Johnson added. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. In the Instagram post that the Jungle Cruise star is referring to, Diesel wrote in part, "My little brother Dwayne... the time has come. The world awaits the finale of Fast 10. As you know, my children refer to you as Uncle Dwayne in my house. There is not a holiday that goes by that they and you don't send well wishes... but the time has come." A representative for Diesel has not commented to PEOPLE. Johnson and Diesel's feud first came to light in 2016 as they filmed the eighth installment of the long-running franchise, The Fate of the Furious. "Tension has been building up for months," a source close to the production told PEOPLE at the time. Dwayne Johnson Admits Vin Diesel Jokes 'Play Great' in His Movies, Including Red Notice Universal/Kobal/Shutterstock Johnson had also penned a since-deleted Instagram post at the time, calling out his unnamed male costars. "There's no other franchise that gets my blood boiling more than this one. My female costars are always amazing and I love 'em. My male costars, however, are a different story," he wrote, adding, "Some conduct themselves as stand up men and true professionals, while others don't." RELATED VIDEO: Vin Diesel Asks Dwayne Johnson to Return to Fast and Furious Franchise After Feud: 'Time Has Come' In an interview with Men's Health in July, Diesel claimed that he used "tough love" on set when it came to Johnson portraying his Fast & Furious character, federal agent Luke Hobbs. "I could give a lot of tough love. Not Felliniesque, but I would do anything I'd have to do in order to get performances in anything I'm producing," he told the magazine. Speaking with Vanity Fair for the magazine's November cover, Johnson touched on Diesel's "tough love" comments, telling the outlet, "One part of me feels like there's no way I would dignify any of that bull---- with an answer." "I've been around the block a lot of times. Unlike [Diesel], I did not come from the world of theater," he added. "And, you know, I came up differently and was raised differently."