Arrowverse producer & showrunner Andrew Kreisberg fired after sexual-harassment reports

Arrowverse

Following a suspension weeks ago, Andrew Kreisberg has officially been fired from Warner Bros. and the various Arrowverse CW shows he was part of.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. Television officially cut ties with Kreisberg following multiple sexual-harassment reports that were made about the producer and showrunner. Kreisberg was an executive producer for Supergirl, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Arrow and was even a showrunner on The Flash Arrow as well as worked on the CW Seed’s Vixen and had a deal with the studio that covered other projects that is now terminated as well.

Reportedly nineteen women & men, all anonymously, came forward to accuse the producer/showrunner of inappropriate contact that happened over many years including touching & kissing without consent and asking for massages. Two women filed complaints with WBTV, but it’s unclear if they were part of the 19 or were in addition to those anonymous reports.

Warner Bros. released a statement about the termination:

After a thorough investigation, Warner Bros. Television Group has terminated Andrew Kreisberg’s employment, effective immediately. Greg Berlanti will assume additional responsibilities on both The Flash, where he will work closely with executive producer/co-showrunner Todd Helbing, and Supergirl, where he will work closely with executive producers/co-showrunners Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller. We remain committed to providing a safe working environment for our employees and everyone involved in our productions.

Previously Supergirl Arrow stars Melissa Benoist, Emily Bett Rickards and Stephen Amell among others came out and spoke out about Kreisberg’s actions and offered their support to all the women and spoke about wanting to work towards creating a safer and more respectful workspace in the future.

“Warner Bros. Television Group recently concluded its investigation into the allegations against Andrew Kreisberg. We encouraged and supported this investigation, we believe and support the individuals who came forward, and we agree with the studio’s decision,” Berlanti and Schechter said in a joint statement. “Nothing is more important to us than the safety and well-being of all our colleagues — co-workers, crew and staff alike.”

Kreisberg was reported to have created a toxic workplace with many feeling they would face retaliation if they filed a complaint. He routinely fired the writers of The Flash every year to the point that there were reports that he was having trouble finding staff, especially women, for the current season four.

Kreisberg is just one in a growing number of men in powerful positions fired after reports of sexual harassment and assault including recently Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Louie C.K., Kevin Spacey, and many more.

Reportedly Berlanti and other producers visited the Vancouver sets of all four of the Arrowverse shows to ease concerns with the cast, crew, and others in light of the reports against Kreisberg and how they will move forward now.

 

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