Wonder Years' Fred Savage fired from reboot over misconduct claims
Atlanta, Georgia - '80s wonder kid Fred Savage has been abruptly fired from working on the reboot of The Wonder Years after allegations of inappropriate behavior.
Over the weekend, Deadline reported that Savage was fired from the ABC revival of the classic TV sitcom following accusations of inappropriate behavior. The new series debuted in September and has aired 20 episodes to date.
"Recently, we were made aware of allegations of inappropriate conduct by Fred Savage, and as is policy, an investigation was launched," a spokesman for 20th Television said in a statement.
"Upon its completion, the decision was made to terminate his employment as an executive producer and director of The Wonder Years."
Apparently, the actor - who is best known for his role as Kevin Arnold in the original series, which ran from 1988 to 1993 - has been the subject of several harassment allegations in the past. Among them is a 2018 incident in which he allegedly shouted at and struck a female crew member during a costume fitting on the set of Fox's The Grinder. At the time, Fox investigated the incident and "found no evidence of any wrongdoing."
Another incident is said to have occurred in 1993 when a costumer who worked on the original Wonder Years sitcom filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the then-16-year-old Savage. The case was settled outside of court.
The Princess Bride star directed eight episodes of the new The Wonder Years reboot, which follows a middle-class Black family in 1960s Montgomery, Alabama. The series is narrated by Don Cheadle.
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