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“The Wonder Years” will return in the fall, although former executive producer and director Fred Savage will not be on set.
ABC confirmed on Friday that the show, inspired by the 1980s series of the same name, has been renewed. Disney announced it severed ties with Savage, who starred in the original series, last week after launching an investigation into allegations of “inappropriate conduct”.
In a statement to Fox News, 20th Television, a subsidiary of Disney Television Studios, addressed the Savage case.
“Recently, we were made aware of allegations of inappropriate conduct by Fred Savage, and as policy dictates, an investigation was launched. Upon completion, the decision was made to terminate his employment as as executive producer and director of ‘The Wonder Years.'” a spokesperson said.
FRED SAVAGE FIRED FROM ‘WONDER YEARS’ RESTART AFTER ‘IMPROPRIATE CONDUCT’ ALLEGATIONS
After Savage was fired, reports surfaced that the actor was “quick to anger” while filming the show. Sources close to the director said his anger had repercussions for the people he worked with.
“He makes his crews work pretty hard by always doing more takes than necessary,” the insider told People magazine.
“Some directors just overshoot. Sometimes they feel like they didn’t get the performance or they want to try a different angle or things like that. He overshoots, and the days are longer, which gives more opportunities to break people.”
A second source told the outlet that Savage “can have a temper and the occasional outburst.”
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This isn’t the first time Savage has been the subject of a bullying scandal.
As previously reported in 2018, his on-screen mother on “The Wonder Years,” Alley Mills, claimed the show had not been picked up for a seventh season due to ongoing harassment allegations against him.
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In 1993, a costume designer, Monique Long, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles alleging she was unable to do her job because Savage, then 16, allegedly made sexual remarks to her, proposed to her for an affair and asked to hold his hand. She was eventually fired from the show. The case was dropped after an undisclosed out-of-court settlement.
Fox News’ Adam Sabes contributed to this report.