The DC universe will need a new executive producer, since Andrew Kreisberg has been fired. Warner Bros. Television (WBTV) let him go after "multiple allegations of sexual harassment."
Kreisberg has been let go from the four hit DC superhero shows Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow.
WBTV released a statement, claiming Greg Berlanti will now work closely with Todd Helbing on The Flash and with Rober Rovner and Jessica Queller on Supergirl.
Berlanti runs Berlanti Productions, a mega-producer that oversees all of Kreisberg's projects. Although a high-level female producer brought Kresiberg's behavior to his attention, Berlanti says he never heard the allegations.
But now the cat is out of the bag.
“After a thorough investigation, Warner Bros. Television Group has terminated Andrew Kreisberg’s employment, effective immediately,” the studio said in a statement (via Variety).
According to Coming Soon, Kreisberg was first suspended in early November when he was first hit with sexual harassment charges. He was also charged with "inappropriate physical contact from 15 women and 4 men on the staff of the various shows."
As Variety reported at the time, Kreisberg "strongly denies" all charges. Their sources, who asked to remain anonymous, said he "frequently touching people without their permission, asking for massages from uncomfortable female staff members, and kissing women without asking. Almost every source cites a constant stream of sexualized comments about women’s appearances, their clothes, and their perceived desirability."
However, none of these sources reported Kreisberg to Warner Bros HR. They assumed that, given his position, the accusations would be dismissed. But as more people came forward, HR got involved.
“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,” Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter said. “Nothing is more important to us than the safety and well-being of all our colleagues — coworkers, crew and staff alike.”
This news is not terribly surprising, considering the allegations of misconduct currently being directed towards various celebrities, including Harvey Weisntein, Bill Cosby, and Murray Miller.