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Family-friendly cable network UPtv is pulling 7th Heaven reruns from its programming schedule after an audio tape of castmember Stephen Collins, who played Rev. Eric Camden on the family drama, allegedly admitting to molesting young girls emerged online.
Collins is now the subject of an NYPD investigation.
“As a top family-friendly network, we are deeply concerned for the families that are potentially affected by these disturbing allegations surrounding actor Stephen Collins,” UP CEO Charley Humbard said in a statement. “7th Heaven has been a beloved family show and a fan-favorite on our network. We have made the decision to remove the series from our schedule effective at 5 p.m. ET today. We will continue to monitor the situation and listen carefully to our viewers. Replacing 7th Heaven tonight will be Supernanny, a series dedicated to bringing families together.”
A Supernanny marathon will air on UP from 5-11 p.m. ET today, with Touched by an Angel replacing 7th Heaven at noon ET weekdays starting Wednesday. The Parkers will replace 7th Heaven from 1-5 p.m. ET this Saturday. Additional programming changes will be announced, with the network looking at upcoming weekends’ schedules.
The potentially incriminating audio, in which the man whose voice is identified as Collins’ admits to having inappropriate sexual contact with three young girls, was secretly recorded by Collins’ estranged wife during a 2012 therapy session.
UP, devoted to uplifting programming, is available in 67 million homes through cable and satellite providers including Cablevision, Comcast, DirecTV, Dish Network and Verizon FiOS.
The Atlanta-based network isn’t the only organization severing ties with Collins, who also had roles on Private Practice, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The Fosters. The upcoming Mark Wahlberg-Seth MacFarlane comedy Ted 2 dropped Collins from its cast Tuesday. The actor also resigned from his position on the SAG-AFTRA board on Tuesday.
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