After visitor appearances on numerous TV reveals, Danny Masterson received his massive break when he landed the function of Steven Hyde on That ‘70s Present.
The FOX sequence, which premiered in 1999, adopted youngsters coming of age within the fictional Wisconsin suburb of Level Place. Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Laura Prepon, Topher Grace and Wilmer Valderrama accomplished the group of associates. The comedy — helmed by Mark Brazill, Bonnie Turner and Terry Turner — ended its eight-season run in 2005.
Almost 18 years later, Netflix mounted a derivative, titled That ‘90s Present, with Debra Jo Rupp and Kurtwood Smith reprising their roles as Eric Forman’s mother and father. Within the revival, Eric and Donna’s 15-year-old daughter Leia (Callie Haverda) travels to Level Place to spend the summer season along with her grandparents. The unique forged — together with a number of acquainted visitor stars — all made temporary cameos within the first season, which premiered in January 2023. Masterson, nonetheless, was unnoticed amid his sexual misconduct trial.
Whereas the That ‘90s Present showrunners remained agency of their resolution to not embody Masterson within the restricted sequence, he was excited to tune in as a viewer.
“That is actually the dopest factor I’ve heard in a decade,” the Males at Work alum wrote by way of Instagram in October 2021. “So f—king excited for @therealkurtwoodsmith and @debrajorupp two of the good people and best actors on this planet. Can’t wait to observe and snort. Similar creators / writers / producers as 70s.”
One 12 months earlier, Masterson — who’s a member of the Church of Scientology — had been arrested and charged with three counts of rape within the early 2000s after three girls got here ahead to accuse him of assault. The Ranch alum — who shares daughter Fianna, born in 2014, with spouse Bijou Phillips — denied all accusations.
“From day one, I’ve denied the outrageous allegations in opposition to me. Legislation enforcement investigated these claims greater than 15 years in the past and decided them to be with out benefit,” he beforehand instructed Us Weekly in a December 2017 assertion. “I’ve by no means been charged with a criminal offense, not to mention convicted of 1. On this nation, you’re presumed harmless till confirmed responsible. Nonetheless, within the present local weather, it appears as if you’re presumed responsible the second you’re accused.”
Masterson continued on the time: “I perceive and stay up for clearing my identify as soon as and for all. Within the meantime, I need to categorical my gratitude to the forged and crew that I’ve labored so intently with over the previous three seasons. I want them nothing however success. I’m additionally so grateful to the followers which have supported me and proceed to take action.”
Amid the scandal, the New York native was written off The Ranch, the Netflix sequence that he starred in alongside Kutcher.
Masterson’s felony trial started in August 2022, nonetheless, the proceedings resulted in a mistrial after the jury failed to succeed in a unanimous verdict. He’s at the moment awaiting a retrial.
Scroll down for a glance again at Masterson’s highs and lows via the years: