Fred Savage has been fired from his executive producer and director roles on The Wonder Years reboot after allegations of inappropriate behavior.
“We were recently made aware of allegations of inappropriate conduct by Fred Savage, and as is the policy, an investigation has been launched. Upon its completion, the decision was made to terminate his employment as executive producer and director of ‘The Wonder Years,’” said a statement from 20th Television to the Associated Press.
Savage, 45, starred in the original Wonder years series as the oft-troubled Kevin Arnold from 1988 to 1993. He directed eight episodes of the revival, which tells the story of a middle-class black family living in Alabama in the late 1960s.
Savage’s alleged behavior included verbal outbursts and inappropriate behavior, according to a report from Deadline.
It’s not the first time the former child star has been accused of bad behavior.
In 2018, Alley starred Mills, the actor who played mother Norma Arnold in the original The Wonder Yearsrevealed that the show may have ended early due to a sexual harassment lawsuit.
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Mills claimed the lawsuit, filed against co-stars Savage and Jason Hervey (Wayne) by a show employee, slowed the show’s run.
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Costume designer Monique Long, then 31, filed a sexual harassment lawsuit in 1993, alleging that Savage and Hervey — who were 16 and 20 years old respectively — verbally and physically harass her on set every day.
The lawsuit was eventually dropped after an “undisclosed out-of-court settlement was reached”. In 2018, Mills said the lawsuit was bullshit.
“It was such a joke,” said Mills of Long’s claims. “It’s kind of like what’s happening now. Some innocent people can get caught up in this. It’s very difficult. It was so not true. It was my dresser, and I don’t care if she listens. I probably shouldn’t tell you this, but I don’t care because it’s been so long. It must be over now.”
Neither actor was ever charged with a crime and the charges were never proven in court.
Also in 2018, Savage was accused of creating a hostile work environment by a crew member on the set of TV show the millreports Entertainment Weekly.
The female crew member claimed that Savage yelled at her and beat her during a costume fitting. Fox investigated the incident and “found no evidence of any wrongdoing.”
Savage has yet to publicly raise the latest allegations and the resignation.
— With files from Chris Jancelewicz of Global News
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