The Flash, Supergirl boss Andrew Kreisberg fired after sexual harassment allegations
Andrew Kreisberg, executive producer on Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, has been fired by Warner Bros. Television following allegations of sexual harassment against him, EW has learned.
Earlier this month, Variety reported 15 women and four men alleged sexual harassment and other physical misconduct by Kreisberg that ultimately created a toxic work environment. Kreisberg, who strongly denied the allegations, was initially suspended as Warner Bros. Television Group set out to investigate.
Kreisberg’s termination also marks the end of his overall deal with WB, while his name is slated to eventually be removed from the credits of the four shows. Though Kreisberg was an executive producer on all of the current CW superhero shows, he was more hands-on with The Flash and Supergirl. Both shows already have other co-showrunners in place: Jessica Queller and Robert Rovner on Supergirl and Todd Helbing on The Flash.
“After a thorough investigation, Warner Bros. Television Group has terminated Andrew Kreisberg’s employment, effective immediately,” Warner Bros. Television Group said in a statement. “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.”
Berlanti Productions, Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter’s production company behind the shows, also issued a statement. “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. Nothing is more important to us than the safety and well-being of all our colleagues — coworkers, crew and staff alike.”
Following news of the allegations against Kreisberg, a number of stars from the Arrowverse commented online without mentioning Kreisberg directly by name, including Supergirl star Melissa Benoist. “We all need to hold ourselves to a higher standard,” she wrote. “So this week, I’ll head back to work on Supergirl even more committed to being a part of changing the norm by listening when people speak up, and refusing to accept an environment that is anything less than a safe, respectful and collaborative space.” Read her full statement here, read Emily Bett Rickards’ statement here, Stephen Amell’s here, Grant Gustin’s here.
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