Sawyer, who played Ralph Dibny AKA “Elongated Man” leaves the series after three seasons
And the fallout continues.
Today, it has been announced that actor Hartley Sawyer has been axed from The CW‘s The Flash after a throng of tweets containing misogynist and racist references emerged in the past week. The tweets, which were posted well before he joined The CW series, make references to sexual assault and contain racist and homophobic language which the studio has deemed to be unacceptable.
“Hartley Sawyer will not be returning for season seven of The Flash,” reads a statement from The CW, producers Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti Productions and executive producer Eric Wallace. “In regards to Mr. Sawyer’s posts on social media, we do not tolerate derogatory remarks that target any race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, or sexual orientation. Such remarks are antithetical to our values and policies, which strive and evolve to promote a safe, inclusive, and productive environment for our workforce.”
Showrunner Wallace elaborated further by saying “This morning, many of you learned that Hartley Sawyer will not be returning for season seven of The Flash. Concerning his social media tweets, they broke my heart and made me mad as hell. And they’re indicative of the larger problem in our country.”
Sawyer moved quickly to issue an apology on Instagram, but it comes as too little too late for the studio which has publicly announced its support for the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of George Floyd’s tragic passing.
Sawyer joined The Flash in 2017 as Ralph Dibny, aka Elongated Man. As of press time, there has been no official word from the studio in regards to whether it plans to recast the role or write the character out completely – but with Ruby Rose‘s Kate Kane set to be written out of Batwoman and replaced with an entirely new character it stands within reason that the Elongated Man will play no further part in The Flash moving forward.
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Source: (Hollywood Reporter)