Fred Savage returned to the franchise that made him a star as a child actor in the 1980s and 90s. “The Wonder Years” captured the spirit of growing up in the 1960s for a contemporary audience. The series is considered one of the greatest television shows of all time. Savage will no longer be associated with the reboot, however.
Disney fired Fred Savage after receiving multiple complaints of misconduct during his time as executive producer and director of the show. The company investigated the allegations and decided to dismiss him. In a statement released to Deadline, a spokesman for 20th Television explained the decision.
“Recently, we were made aware of allegations of inappropriate conduct by Fred Savage, and as is policy, an investigation was launched. Upon its completion, the decision was made to terminate his employment as an executive producer and director of The Wonder Years.”
There are no details about the nature of the allegations against Fred Savage. It was noted that verbal outbursts and inappropriate behavior were among the reasons he was fired. Savage’s reps have not yet commented.
Savage has been accused of harassment in the past. The cancellation of the original “Wonder Years” came after Savage and actor Jason Hervey were accused of sexual harassment. In 2015, a crew member on Fox’s “The Grinder” filed a suit against savage for harassment as well.
The future of the “Wonder Years” reboot is now in doubt. We will have to wait and see if Disney wants to move forward with the project without Savage. While he has denied all previous allegations against him, Fred Savage is building what could turn out to be a toxic resume of accused behavior.
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