The Flash Showrunner Andrew Kreisberg Fired For Sexual Harassment

Andrew Kreisberg
speaks at Variety's A Night In The Writers' Room at the Four Seasons on June 9, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

A few weeks ago we reported that Warner Bros. was investigating sexual misconduct allegations against Supergirl producer Andrew Kreisberg. The story detailed a case of over a dozen people accusing The Flash showrunner of misconduct. Warner Bros. has ended their investigation and fired Andrew Kreisberg.

Kreisberg was deeply involved in The CW’s Arrowverse. He executive produced DC Comics inspired shows Supergirl, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Arrow. He was also the showrunner on Arrow and The Flash, The CW’s two highest-rated shows.

Warner Bros. terminated Kreisberg from all four shows along with CW Seed’s Vixen animated series and lost his deal with Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. released the following statement:

After a thorough investigation, Warner Bros. Television Group has terminated Andrew Kreisberg’s employment, effective immediately. Greg Berlanti will assume additional responsibilities on both The Flash, where he will work closely with executive producer/co-showrunner Todd Helbing, and Supergirl, where he will work closely with executive producers/co-showrunners Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller. We remain committed to providing a safe working environment for our employees and everyone involved in our productions.

Along with the official statement by Warner Bros., Sarah Schechter, the head of television released a joint statement with Greg Berlanti:

Warner Bros. Television Group recently concluded its investigation into the allegations against Andrew Kreisberg. We encouraged and supported this investigation, we believe and support the individuals who came forward, and we agree with the studio’s decision. Nothing is more important to us than the safety and well-being of all our colleagues — co-workers, crew and staff alike.

The extent of Kreisberg’s alleged harassment has continued to pile up over the weeks. As of this writing, 19 men and women who all have chosen to stay anonymous came forward with major allegations of sexual misconduct. Examples of unwanted and inappropriate touching spanned several years. The anonymous men and women included both former and current employees of Kreisberg’s projects. Taking a page from the Weinstein playbook Kreisberg has also been accused of requesting messages and kissing female employees.

The Hollywood Reporter indicates Kreisberg “created a ‘toxic’ work environment with many insiders fearing retaliation if they filed a complaint against him.”

Before the announcement stars from Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl each came out with their own statements on the matter. They expressed shock and disappointment, but also hoped that positive change can be brought to the industry.

Kreisberg is the latest Hollywood producer to face the consequences of sexual misconduct allegations. His firing comes on the heels of NBC News canning Today Show host Matt Lauer and the the Harvey Weinstein allegations which opened the flood gates. Who knows what other wolves might get unmasked.


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