Why Fred Savage was dropped from “The Wonder Years” reboot
The producer of The Wonder Years reboot, 20th Television has let go the executive producer and director Fred Savage, following claims of misconduct.
According to NME, “Recently, we were made aware of allegations of inappropriate conduct by Fred Savage, and as is policy, an investigation was launched,” said a statement from 20th Television. “Upon its completion, the decision was made to terminate his employment as an executive producer and director of The Wonder Years.”
Citing The Hollywood Reporter, the outlet says Savage faced three separate allegations and cooperated with the investigation. No other details have been revealed and Savage is yet to comment. The Wonder Years was rebooted in 2021, starring Elisha “EJ” Williams as the main character Dean Williams and Don Cheadle as the show’s narrator.
Savage starred in the original version of the show, which ran from January 1988 until May 1993.
In 2018 Alley Mills, who played Savage’s TV mother Norma Arnold, claimed that The Wonder Years was originally cancelled because of a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Savage and Jason Hervey (who played Wayne Arnold) in 1993 by costume designer Monique Long.
Long alleged that the two actors verbally and physically harassed her. She claimed that harassment prevented her from doing her job properly, causing her to be fired. Representatives for the show and for the actors denied the allegations at the time, and the suit was eventually dropped after an out-of-court settlement was reached.