Danny Masterson Fired From Netflix’s ‘The Ranch’ Amid Allegations
Netflix is cutting ties with Danny Masterton. The actor, who is facing multiple allegations of rape, has been fired from the streaming giant’s scripted comedy The Ranch.
“As a result of ongoing discussions, Netflix and the producers have written Danny Masterson out of The Ranch. [Monday] was his last day on the show, and production will resume in early 2018 without him,” Netflix said in a statement.
Masterson will still appear in the second half of season two, due Dec. 15, and could return for parts of the previously announced third season as Netflix writes him out of the Ashton Kutcher comedy. It’s unclear if another actor will be brought in to make up for the void.
Masterson denied the allegations on Tuesday morning and said he was “disappointed” in Netflix’s decision.
“I am obviously very disappointed in Netflix’s decision to write my character off of The Ranch. From day one, I have denied the outrageous allegations against me,” he said in a statement. “Law enforcement investigated these claims more than 15 years ago and determined them to be without merit. I have never been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one.”
The statement continued, “In this country, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. However, in the current climate, it seems as if you are presumed guilty the moment you are accused. I understand and look forward to clearing my name once and for all. In the meantime, I want to express my gratitude to the cast and crew that I’ve worked so closely with over the past three seasons. I wish them nothing but success. I am also so thankful to the fans that have supported me and continue to do so.”
While Netflix does not release viewership information, the streamer noted in October that The Ranch was its fifth-most-watched original series within its first 24 hours of release.
Source: Lesley Goldberg – The Hollywood Reporter