The creator of a hit Nickelodeon series has been fired amid allegations of sexual harassment. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that Chris Savino was fired “after multiple women came forward with sexual harassment allegations against the animator.”
Savino is the creator of “The Loud House,” which is Nickelodeon’s No. 2 series in its target demo of kids 2-11, after “SpongeBob SquarePants.” As we reported earlier this week, Savino was initially suspended after the allegations began to surface.
News of Savino’s suspension was first reported by Cartoon Brew. Savino’s long list of animation credits includes “Rocko’s Modern Life” and “The Powerpuff Girls.”
“Up to a dozen women have accused Savino, 46, of sexual harassment, unwanted advances and inappropriate behavior as well as threats of blacklisting female colleagues who were no longer in consensual relationships with him, according to Cartoon Brew, which was first with the news,” THR notes.
THR quotes a statement from a Nickelodeon spokesman provided Thursday, which says: “Chris Savino is no longer working with Nickelodeon. We take allegations of misconduct very seriously, and we are committed to fostering a safe and professional workplace environment that is free of harassment or other kinds of inappropriate conduct.”
THR notes that “The Loud House,” currently in its second season on Nickelodeon, remains in production, with an early 2018 premiere scheduled for season three.
“The Loud House” (Nickelodeon)