Another day, another problematic Hollywood executive facing the consequences of not acting appropriately toward his employees. In this era of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, more attention is being paid to behavior in the workplace, and, yes, it’s about time. As each new story comes to light, either on recent events or something that happened years or even decades ago, the spotlight on appropriate work behavior becomes brighter. Victims are finally being heard and justice is being served. This time, the accused party is Fuller House showrunner Jeff Franklin, and he’s facing the music for abusing the power of his position for too long.
Variety reports that the Fuller House executive producer has been fired, and Warner Bros. TV has decided not to renew its overall deal with him. Apparently the studio for the Netflix reboot received multiple complaints about Franklin’s behavior both in the writers’ room and on the set of the show.
“We are not renewing Jeff Franklin’s production deal and he will no longer be working on Fuller House,” Warner Bros. TV said in a statement.
So what exactly did Franklin do to get fired? An anonymous letter over two years ago revealed Franklin’s problematic behavior to the studio, calling him “a walking lawsuit waiting to happen.” Many complaints were filed against him, and the executive producer was accused of being “verbally abusive” to employees and “making inappropriate statements in the writers room, including making sexually charged comments about his personal relationships and sex life.”
It was clarified in the report that Franklin “has not been accused of directly sexually harassing or engaging in physical misconduct with any staffers.” But that doesn’t matter, because any inappropriate behavior in the workplace is unacceptable.
And it doesn’t stop there. According to one source, employees also complained about “Franklin’s habit of bringing women he dated to the set and sometimes giving them bit parts in the series,” which, yikes. If that’s not a perfect example of the most blatant abuse of power in Hollywood, we’re not sure what is.
But for all you Fuller House fans out there, there is no cause to worry about the future of your favorite show. The series was already renewed for Season 4 back in January, and a Netflix spokesperson said, “Fuller House will return for a fourth season, as planned. We hope to go into production in the next few months.” And now featuring less verbal abuse behind-the-scenes.