(NEXSTAR) – Fred Savage has been fired from his role as executive producer and director of ABC’s “The Wonder Years,” according to multiple reports.
Savage, who starred as Kevin Arnold on the late ’80s/early ’90s series that inspired ABC’s 2021 revival, has been charged with multiple allegations of inappropriate conduct, a rep for 20th Television at Deadline.
“Recently, we became aware of allegations of inappropriate conduct by Fred Savage, and as required by policy, an investigation has been launched,” the spokesperson told the outlet. “Upon completion, the decision was made to end his employment as executive producer and director of ‘The Wonder Years’.”
An unnamed source quoted by The Hollywood Reporter said Savage cooperated with the investigation.
Savage, 45, served as an executive producer on the show and directed eight episodes. The show, which follows a middle-class black family in the 1960s, debuted in 2021. It has yet to be renewed for a second season.
Savage had previously been accused of sexual misconduct on the set of the original series “Wonder Years” in 1993, with co-star Jason Hervey. A costume designer accused the two of verbal and physical harassment, which both actors denied, the Los Angeles Times reported at the time. Alley Mills, who played the mother of Savage and Hervey’s characters on the show, later claimed the allegations were partly responsible for the show’s cancellation.
“When we shot the series finale…nobody knew if ‘The Wonder Years’ was going to be renewed or not,” Mills told Yahoo in 2018. “And that’s because of a harassment lawsuit completely ridiculous sexual encounter that was set against Fred Savage – who is, like, the least offensive, most wonderful, sweetest human being to ever walk the face of the Earth.
The lawsuit was eventually settled out of court.
In 2018, Savage was also accused of harassment and assault on the set of the 2015 Fox series “The Grinder” by a former costume designer. After an investigation, producers at 20th Century Fox Television said they found no evidence of wrongdoing on Savage’s part.
Suggest a fix