The producers of The Ranch have written Danny Masterson out of the comedy series amid a police investigation into allegations that he raped four women, Netflix announced today. The news comes just a day after Netflix content boss Ted Sarandos confirmed that House of Cards will continue for one season without actor Kevin Spacey, who was fired following multiple sexual misconduct allegations. And last month, Jeffrey Tambor left Amazon’s Transparent after being accused of sexual harassment.
Masterson, Spacey, and Tambor almost certainly won’t be the last, so more Hollywood producers will have to decide how to proceed when their stars are accused of abuse. Do you cancel the show (or film) outright? Pretend as if nothing happened and hope no one will notice? (Hopefully not this.) Or, most likely, do you try to figure out a way to continue production without him?
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