Actor Stephen Collins, best known as the dad and pastor on the WB drama series “7th Heaven,” has been fired from his role in the movie “Ted 2” over allegations of child abuse, Entertainment Weekly reports. Meanwhile, the TV channel UP TV announced today that it is pulling “7th Heaven” off the air.
The moves come after a tape surfaced on which Collins reportedly talks about acts that are being described as child molestation, as we reported earlier. The allegations against Collins are said to be the focus of an active investigation by the NYPD.
Collins had a small role in “Ted 2,” a sequel to Seth MacFarlane’s comedy about a talking teddy bear.
“Although the 67-year-old actor has not yet been charged with a crime, the recording of him admitting to the crimes (first published on TMZ) and the police investigation that has since been launched were enough to lead MacFarlane and Universal Pictures to immediately end his involvement in the movie,” EW reports.
UP TV announced its programming change in a statement today. “Replacing ‘7th Heaven,’ ‘Supernanny’ will air in a marathon today at 5-11 p.m. ET. Beginning Wednesday, Oct. 8, ‘Touched by an Angel’ will air at 12 p.m. ET weekdays. ‘The Parkers’ will air this Saturday at 1-5 p.m. ET,” the network said.
Charley Humbard, president & CEO of UP, added in the statement: “As a top family-friendly network, we are deeply concerned for the families that are potentially affected by these disturbing allegations surrounding actor Stephen Collins. ‘7th Heaven’ has been a beloved family show and a fan favorite on our network. We have made the decision to remove the series from our schedule effective at 5 p.m. ET today. We will continue to monitor the situation and listen carefully to our viewers. Replacing ‘7th Heaven’ tonight will be ‘Supernanny,’ a series dedicated to bringing families together.”