Why was Fred Savage fired as director and executive producer of The Wonder Years?

Fred Savage has been fired as executive producer and head of ABC The wonderful years While fighting misconduct allegations, a 20th Television spokesperson confirms with PEOPLE.

“Recently, we were made aware of allegations related to inappropriate conduct by Mr. Fred Savage and, in accordance with our policy, an investigation has been launched to that effect. The decision to rescind his appointment as executive producer and director of The wonderful years”, became executive producer and director of The wonderful years“said the spokesperson.

Deadline was the first to file the report, but representatives for the 45-year-old Savage did not quickly respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Released in September, the film series is a remake of the original that aired from 1988 to 1993, and is produced by Disney Television Studios’ 20th Television.


The series, which began during the ’60s, is told from the perspective of a 12-year-old boy navigating life with his family and friends. Savage played Kevin Arnold in the original, and Elisha “EJ” Williams stars in the reboot. The season finale of the remake will air on May 18. But currently, it has not been renewed for a second season.

The allegations come four years after actress Alley Mills, who played Savage’s mother, Norma Arnold, on the original series, claimed in 2018 that a sexual harassment lawsuit against the actor and Jason Hervey ended the series in 1993. Hervey played Savage’s older brother, Wayne Arnold.

Costume designer Monique Long sued the TV brothers in 1993, alleging that their alleged verbal and physical harassment prevented her from doing her job properly and led to her being fired, according to Vanity Fair. The lawsuit was eventually settled and she was dropped.

In 2018, a judge threw out a gender-based lawsuit against Savage from a costume designer, Youngjoo Hwang, who claimed she created a harsh environment on the Fox set. the grinder. Savage strongly denied the claims, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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