Fred Savage delighted viewers when “The Wonder Years” first aired in the 1980’s. As a result, fans of the original show eagerly awaited ABC’s plans to reboot the show. And the network even chose Savage to serve as both executive producer and director. But behind the scenes, misconduct rumors swirled.
In the wake of misconduct allegations, ABC fired Fred as the executive producer and director from “The Wonder Years.” Find out what the network revealed. And learn how a previous sexual harassment lawsuit has caused rumors to soar.
Fred Savage Fired From ‘Wonder Years’!
“The Wonder Years” reboot at ABC now needs an executive producer and director. Those roles became vacant when former EP and director Fred Savage got fired. However, the network has remained cautious in detailing the exact reasons for the firing, reported Page Six.
“Recently, we were made aware of allegations of inappropriate conduct by Fred Savage, and as is policy, an investigation was launched, stated a spokesperson for the network’s owner, Disney’s 20th Television. “Upon its completion, the decision was made to terminate his employment as an executive producer and director of ‘The Wonder Years.’”
But beyond referring to the alleged misconduct, the networkdid not reveal who made the allegations or exactly what happened.
However, rumors indicate that the former executive producer and director for the reboot behaved inappropriately. In addition, Savage allegedly would indulge in verbal outbursts during production. The accumulated charges sufficed to get the 45-year-old actor fired. ABC currently airs the first season of the “Wonder Years” reboot but has not yet announced a second season.
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Fred Savage’s History Shows Sexual Harassment Allegations
The actor has previously faced other allegations of misconduct. For example, in 2018, Alley Mills alleged that the original “Wonder Years” got cancelled due to a sexual harrasment lawsuit. According to the actress, the lawsuit was filed by a costume designer against both Fred (16 at the time) and his co-star Jason Hervey (then 20 years old). But the lawsuit got settled out of court.
Referring to the lawsuit, Mills defended Savage. And the actress, who portrayed the mother of Fred’s character, described the allegations as “ridiculous.” Providing reasons for her defense, Alley claimed that the actor is the “least offensive, most wonderful, sweet human being that ever walked the face of the Earth.”
But that lawsuit didn’t end charges against Savage. For example, a woman who served on the crew of the actor’s show “The Grinder” also made accusations. The crew member alleged that Fred had attacked and harassed her on the set of the Fox show in 2015. However, Savage termed the claims “completely without merit and absolutely untrue.” A subsequent investigation conducted by 20th Television, producer of “The Grinder,” cleared the actor.
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