'Supergirl,' 'The Flash' Showrunner Fired Following Sexual Harassment Claims

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The Flash and Supergirl producers Warner Bros. Television has cut all ties with Andrew Kreisberg following sexual harassment claims from multiple women involving the showrunner.

Kreisberg, who executive produced The CW's DC Comics-inspired dramas Supergirl, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Arrow, was suspended by WBTV weeks ago following multiple allegations of sexual harassment. The studio launched an internal investigation into the accusations. Kreisberg has now been terminated from all four series, as well as CW Seed's Vixen, and has lost his overall deal with the studio. (Sources say Kreisberg was also developing another show with Greg Berlanti, with that now up in the air.)

"After a thorough investigation, Warner Bros. Television Group has terminated Andrew Kreisberg’s employment, effective immediately," the studio said Wednesday 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."
All of the younger-skewing network's DC comic book shows are produced by Berlanti Productions and its head of television, Sarah Schechter. Kreisberg served as showrunner on Arrow and The Flash — The CW's two highest-rated originals — and also exec produced SupergirlLegends of Tomorrow and CW Seed entry Vixen. Production was not interrupted on any of the shows and top producers — including Berlanti — visited the Vancouver sets of all four live-action shows to ease concerns with the cast, crew and others involved in the production.  

"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," Berlanti and Schechter said in a joint statement. "Nothing is more important to us than the safety and well-being of all our colleagues — co-workers, crew and staff alike."

Nineteen men and women, all of whom chose to remain anonymous, came forward to accuse the showrunner of sexual misconduct, including inappropriate touching, which took place over a period of several years. Many are current or former employees of the shows Kreisberg executive produced. He allegedly touched people and kissed women without consent and asked for massages from female staff.

Kreisberg was hand-picked to oversee Berlanti's growing DC universe at The CW. Kreisberg is said to have created a "toxic" work environment with many insiders fearing retaliation if they filed a complaint against him. (He also has routinely fired the writing staff from The Flash every season and this year had trouble staffing the show and challenges hiring women, sources say.)

Sources note that Warners recently held its annual sexual harassment seminar with the Los Angeles-based Arrow writing and producing team that resulted in multiple questions about what would happen if complaints were filed and the subject wasn't fired. One source noted that it became clear after the suspension that those questions were directed toward Kreisberg, who co-ran Arrow before seguing to The Flash and later, Supergirl.

Kreisberg previously worked with Berlanti and Arrow exec producer Marc Guggenheim on Eli Stone. His credits include David E. Kelley's Boston LegalThe Simpsons and Hope & Faith. Kreisberg is repped by WME.

Warners' decision to cut ties with Kreisberg comes after NBC News fired Matt Lauer earlier on Wednesday. FX also terminated Louis C.K. after the comedian and producer responded to allegations in a New York Times story that claimed he acted inappropriately toward five women from 2002-05. "These stories are true," C.K. said. FX canceled its overall deal with C.K., who under the pact produced Amazon's One Mississippi, FX's Better Things and TBS' animated comedy The Cops, the latter of which halted production following the news. Netflix, which had a deal for two stand-up specials, canceled the second one (though it will keep the first in its library). HBO dropped C.K. from its recent Night of Too Many Stars special and removed multiple comedy specials, as well as his short-lived 2006 comedy series Lucky Louie, from its on-demand platform. Amazon, which is the streaming platform for One Mississippi, has yet to weigh in on the future of the Notaro vehicle. APA, 3 Arts and publicist Lewis Kay, all of whom repped C.K., dropped the comedian. 

The Kreisberg news comes as more people are coming forward with allegations of sexual harassment following the Harvey Weinstein scandal.