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Fuller House will now go on without its creator.
Jeff Franklin, the very wealthy executive producer behind the Netflix show and ABC original Full House, has been taken off of the series amidst complaints about his behavior. (The harassment, those close to the situation were quick to point out, is described as “behavioral” and not sexual.)
The news comes as Fuller House producer Warner Bros. TV has also declined to renew its overall deal with the scribe behind more than a dozen sitcoms — including fellow 1990s hit Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper. WBTV issued the following brief statement: “We are not renewing Jeff Franklin’s production deal and he will no longer be working on Fuller House.”
The reboot has been a wild success for Netflix. Early in the series’ run, insiders familiar with the streamer’s secretive ratings described it as one of its most popular originals. The show was recently renewed for a fourth season, something the company was quick to confirm was still happening in its own statement.
“Fuller House will return for a fourth season, as planned,” said a Netflix spokesperson. “We hope to go into production in the next few months.”
The success of Fuller House has also been credited with the current wave of sitcom reboots dotting the schedule. It preceded the broadcast revivals of Will & Grace (NBC), Roseanne (ABC) and Murphy Brown (CBS).
Franklin’s removal is also evidence of a growing intolerance towards any unprofessional behavior (sexual in nature or not) in film and television — a movement set in motion by the revelations of decades-long harassment and assault on the part of film mogul Harvey Weinstein. Producers Andrew Kreisberg (Supergirl) and Mark Schwahn (The Royals) were both fired after allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace.
Variety first reported the news.
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