4:12pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Nickelodeon Fires 'Loud House' Creator After Sexual Harassment Allegations
Loud House creator Chris Savino's time at Nickelodeon has come to an end.
The Viacom-owned cable network has fired Savino days after multiple women came forward with sexual harassment allegations against the animator.
Up to a dozen women have accused Savino, 46, of sexual harassment, unwanted advances and inappropriate behavior as well as threats of blacklisting female colleagues who were no longer in consensual relationships with him, according to Cartoon Brew, which was first with the news.
Anne Walker Farrell, a director on Netflix animated series Bojack Horseman, tweeted her support for Savino's suspension and was the first to go public with her allegations. And in a series of subsequent tweets, Farrell asserted that Savino had sexually harassed her 15 years ago. She used the hashtag "#MeToo," the viral social media campaign that has seen thousands of women and men come forward with their stories of abuse and assault.
The Loud House is Nickelodeon's No. 2 series among its targeted kids 2-11 demographic, behind only SpongeBob SquarePants at the network. The animated show revolves around Lincoln Loud, a boy growing up in a family with 10 sisters.
Nickelodeon's decision to fire Savino comes after Amazon Studios head of originals Roy Price resigned from the tech giant after one of the company's top producers accused the executive of sexual harassment in an exclusive interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
In the wake of the New York Times and New Yorker exposés with detailed allegations against Harvey Weinstein, more women are coming forward to share their stories of sexual harassment in a bid to create change in Hollywood.
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