Nearly three decades later Fred SavageFirst time he was accused of misconduct in relation to the set of The Wonder YearsHe was fired from the reboot of the series.
Savage rose to prominence as Kevin Arnold, an adolescent in the late 1960s and later early 1970s. He was a part of six seasons from 1988 through 1993. When the original series, which also starred Savage, was broadcast in 1993. Dan Lauria, Alley Mills, Jason Hervey, Olivia d’Abo, Josh Saviano Danica McKellarEventually, allegations of sexual harassment were made against Savage, Hervey and others.
Monique Long was a former costume designer for ABC. She claimed in a 1993 lawsuit that she was physically and verbally harassed by the actors. They denied the claims at that time, and the lawsuit was dropped after an undisclosed settlement was reached. Los Angeles Times. The allegations resurfaced in 2018 when Mills, who played Savage’s mother, discussed whether the lawsuit played a role in the cancellation of the series.
“When we shot the series finale … nobody knew whether or not The Wonder Years was going to be renewed,” she told Yahoo at the time. “And that’s because of a completely ridiculous sexual harassment suit that was going on against Fred Savage — who is, like, the least offensive, most wonderful, sweet human being that ever walked the face of the Earth. … So I just thought [the lawsuit]It was a big joke that was going to end in a blaze of glory. … It was my dresser, and I don’t care if she’s listening — I probably shouldn’t be telling this, but I don’t care because it was so long ago and it’s gotta be over now.”
That same year, Savage was under investigation for alleged harassment and assault on the set of Fox’s The GrinderFrom 2015 to 2016, the televised series was titled.
“I was made aware that a woman working in the costume department of a show I was on almost three years ago has claimed that I treated her harshly on set simply because she was a woman,” he said in a statement in 2018. “These accusations are completely without merit and absolutely untrue. Fox conducted an extensive investigation into her claims. I was fully involved in this process. Fox concluded that there was no evidence to support her claims after a thorough investigation. None of her claims could be substantiated because they did not happen.”
A rep for 20th Century Fox Television added in a statement at the time there was a “thorough investigation into these allegations and found no evidence of any wrongdoing on the part of Mr. Savage.”
After having previously abandoned the idea of returning, The Wonder YearsSavage was appointed to assist ABC in the reboot of the show as a producer and director. After the conclusion of the first season, it was reported in May 2022 that Savage was fired due to new allegations of misconduct.
“Recently, we were made aware of allegations of inappropriate conduct by Fred Savage, and as is policy, an investigation was launched,” a spokesperson for 20th Television said in a statement to Deadline. “Upon its completion, the decision was made to terminate his employment as an executive producer and director of The Wonder Years.”
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