Fred Savage fired from ‘The Wonder Years’ over misconduct allegations

Fred Savage, the former child star of TV comedy ‘The Wonder Years’, has been fired as executive producer and director of a reboot of the show after allegations of ‘inappropriate conduct’, the studio told the origin of the new series in a press release. the Saturday.

“Recently, we have been made aware of allegations of inappropriate conduct by Fred Savage, and as required by policy, an investigation has been initiated,” 20th Television’s statement read. “Upon completion, the decision was made to end his employment as executive producer and director of ‘The Wonder Years’.”

The studio did not provide additional details or immediately respond to follow-up questions on Saturday. Representatives for Mr. Savage did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment. Deadline broke the news of his layoff on Friday.

Mr. Savage, 45, was a child when the original “The Wonder Years” premiered in 1988 on ABC, launching his career with his portrayal of sunny suburban college kid Kevin Arnold. The TV comedy – a nostalgic look at 1968 from the perspective of 1988 – was acclaimed at the time and earned Mr Savage two Emmy nominations. The show aired until 1993.

A new version of the show premiered in 2021 on ABC, this time focusing on a black family in Montgomery, Alabama in the 1960s, with Don Cheadle as the narrator.

Mr. Savage told The Hollywood Reporter in January that he had reservations about rebooting the show. But when the idea of ​​centering it on a black family was presented to him, he got on board.

“I had to get over myself a bit and realize that we were telling a new story,” he said.

Mr. Savage has faced misconduct charges in the past.

In 2018, Alley Mills, who played Mr. Savage’s TV mother, Norma, on ‘The Wonder Years’, said in an interview with Yahoo that a costume designer for the show filed a harassment complaint. sex in 1993 against Mr. Savage, then 16 years old. , and Jason Hervey, then 20 years old and actor on the show who played older brother, Wayne, claiming the actors verbally and physically harassed her.

“It was so not true,” Ms Mills said at the time, adding that the lawsuit was a major factor in the show’s cancellation that year. “It was my dresser, and I don’t care if she listens – I probably shouldn’t say that, but I don’t care.”

Representatives for Mr. Savage and Mr. Hervey had denied the allegations, the Los Angeles Times reported.

That same year, Mr Savage was also accused of creating a hostile work environment and being verbally abusive in a lawsuit brought by a costume designer for his Fox TV series, ‘The Grinder’. . Mr Savage denied the allegations and the suit was later dismissed, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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