The Flash Showrunner Andrew Kreisberg Fired After Sexual Harassment Investigation

Today started with the shocking-to-some news that Today host Matt Lauer was fired and completely excised from NBC over sexual misconduct allegations. Only a few hours later, another big name in TV met a similar fate, as The Flash and Supergirl co-showrunner Andrew Kreisberg was finally fired by Warner Bros. Television over his own harassment allegations, and the studio has now cut all ties with the now-former Arrow-verse executive producer.

Andrew Kreisberg's ousting from The CW's DC shows is perhaps less surprising than Matt Lauer's situation, since the former was first suspended by Warner Bros Television Group earlier this month after multiple allegations had surfaced regarding Kreisberg's unsavory behavior in the workplace. An internal investigation was put into play after the accusers went public, and it appears there was ample evidence to convince the studio that terminating Kreisberg's contract was the proper way to move forward.

In a statement from Warner Bros. TV, according to THR, it was revealed that Arrow-verse co-creator Greg Berlanti will be taking on larger roles behind the scenes on The Flash, where he'll work with showrunner Todd Helbing, and on Supergirl, where he'll plan things out with co-showrunners Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller. It's assumed that any creative input Kreisberg gave for Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow, as well as the animated CW Seed series Vixen, will also be supplemented by others' efforts.

Greg Berlanti released a joint statement with Berlanti Productions' head of TV programming Sarah Schecter saying that they fully support the studio's decision to fire Andrew Kreisberg. Berlanti and others visited the four shows' Vancouver sets during the investigation to make sure everyone was knowledgeable about the situation, and none of the productions were put on hold. Interestingly enough, perhaps, Berlanti was reportedly developing a new TV show with Andrew Kreisberg, though it's unclear what will become of that project now.

To date, 19 women have come forward with claims about Andrew Kreisberg's on-site misconduct, which ranged from non-consensual kisses and touching to asking female employees for massages. Reportedly, many hadn't come forward previously for fear of losing their jobs, since it was known that the producer would routinely fire people each season.

With the "Crisis on Earth-X" crossover now in the books, the now-changed Arrow-verse can go back to its standalone normalcy. Supergirl airs Monday nights on The CW at 8:00 p.m. ET, while The Flash airs in that same timeslot on Tuesday nights. To see when other new and returning shows will hit the small screen, head to our fall TV premiere schedule and our 2018 midseason premiere schedule.

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