Disney has dropped Savage "following multiple complaints of misconduct in his role as executive producer and director on the freshman ABC comedy series," according to Deadline's Nellie Andreeva, who adds: "Details about the nature of the allegations are unclear, but I hear they included verbal outbursts and inappropriate behavior." Savage has yet to respond to his firing. The Wonder Years, a Black-themed reboot of Savage's 1988-1993 ABC comedy, hasn't been renewed but remains in contention for a Season 2 pickup. “Recently, we were made aware of allegations of inappropriate conduct by Fred Savage, and as is policy, an investigation was launched. Upon its completion, the decision was made to terminate his employment as an executive producer and director of The Wonder Years,” a spokesman for 20th Television said in a statement. Savage is no stranger to being accused of misconduct. In 2018, in the early months of the #MeToo movement, Savage's Wonder Years mom Alley Mills blamed a costume designer's “completely ridiculous sexual harassment suit” against Savage for its premature cancelation. Costume designer Monique Long alleged that Savage -- who was then 16 years old -- and co-star Jason Hervey verbally and physically harassed her daily. Mills says she thought the lawsuit “was a big joke and it was going to blow over. It’s a little bit like what’s happening now — some innocent people can get caught up in this stuff; it’s very tricky.” Also in 2018, a female crew member sued Fox, accusing Savage of harassment on The Grinder set. At the time, Fox called the allegations "completely without merit and absolutely untrue." Savage settled the lawsuit in 2019.
TOPICS: Fred Savage, The Grinder, The Wonder Years (1988 Series), The Wonder Years (2021 Series), Alley Mills, 20th Television, Disney