As many of you know The Flash is my favorite TV show, so for me this is hitting close to home:
VARIETY – Andrew Kreisberg has been fired from his role as executive producer on superhero dramas “The Flash,” “Arrow,” “Supergirl” and “Legends of Tomorrow” amid multiple allegations of sexual harassment.
“After a thorough investigation, Warner Bros. Television Group has terminated Andrew Kreisberg’s employment, effective immediately,” said the studio in a statement. “Greg Berlanti will assume additional responsibilities on both “The Flash,” where he will work closely with executive producer/co-showrunner Todd Helbing, and “Supergirl,” where he will work closely with executive producers/co-showrunners Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller. We remain committed to providing a safe working environment for our employees and everyone involved in our productions.”
Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter, whose Berlanti Productions produces the shows with Warner Bros., said in a statement, “Warner Bros. Television Group recently concluded its investigation into the allegations against Andrew Kreisberg. We encouraged and supported this investigation, we believe and support the individuals who came forward, and we agree with the studio’s decision. Nothing is more important to us than the safety and well-being of all our colleagues — coworkers, crew and staff alike.”
Here are the allegations:
In a piece published Nov. 10 at the time of Kreisberg’s suspension, 19 women and men who worked on the Warner Bros.-Berlanti shows described being subjected to or witnessing incidents similar incidents of inappropriate touching and endemic sexual harassment. The sources spoke with Variety on condition on anonymity. Kreisberg has denied the allegations.
According to sources who either witnessed Kreisberg’s alleged behavior or were subjected to it, Kreisberg frequently touched people without their permission, asked for massages from uncomfortable female staff members, and kissed women without asking. Sources cited a constant stream of sexualized comments from Kreisberg about women’s appearances, their clothes, and their perceived desirability.
Wow. I hadn’t even heard of these allegations, but they’ve been around for around a month. Here’s Grant Gustin making a statement about them earlier this month: