Netflix isn’t afraid to cut ties with talent over inappropriate behavior, the streaming service already proved that when it let go of Kevin Spacey — star of the company’s most popular original series “House of Cards” — over multiple sexual assault allegations. Now the Los Gatos-based streaming service has fired co-star of “The Ranch,” Danny Masterson who is currently being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department on multiple allegations of rape and other sexual misconduct.
Netflix announced that Masterson’s last day of filming was Monday.
“As a result of ongoing discussions, Netflix and the producers have written Danny Masterson out of ‘The Ranch,’” the streaming giant announced in a statement.
Masterson will still appear in the second half of season two, due Dec. 15, and could return for parts of the previously announced third season, reported The Hollywood Reporter. In response to the firing, the former “That 70’s Show” actor issued a statement to TMZ, who was one of the first to report on the situation.
“I am obviously very disappointed in Netflix’s decision to write my character off of ‘The Ranch.’ From day one, I have denied the outrageous allegations against me. Law enforcement investigated these claims more than 15 years ago and determined them to be without merit,” he said. “I have never been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one. In this country you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. However, in the current climate, it seems as if you are presumed guilty the moment you are accused.”
Netflix’s move to fire Masterson comes just one day after it was reported that one of the company’s executives told one of Masterson’s accusers that the company doubts the women’s stories.
“We don’t believe them,” Andy Yeatman, a programming executive, reportedly said to the woman over the weekend.
Netflix acknowledged that the conversation between the executive and the woman took place and agreed that Yeatman’s comments were “careless” and don’t “represent the views of the company.”
It is unclear if Netflix will seek out another actor to fill the void left by Masterson, however, it is a possibility. The company recently announced that it would produce one more season of “House of Cards” despite the firing of Casey. According to Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos, “It will be an eight-episode season that will start production early 2018, and it will not involve Kevin Spacey.” Instead, the new season will star Robin Wright, who plays Spacey’s fictional wife Claire Underwood in the series.