Last year, Warner Bros. fired then-Supergirl showrunner Andrew Kreisberg after 15 women and four men came forward to accuse him of sexual harassment and other physical misconduct. Now, Supergirl star Melissa Benoist has addressed Kreisberg’s firing and how the allegations against him have affected the CW series.
When reports initially hit back in November, Benoist, as well as Arrow’s Emily Bett Rickards spoke out in favor of the individuals that came forward, while condemning Kreisberg’s actions. Now, while attending the Television Critics Association for her Paramount Project Waco, Supergirl Benoist directly addressed how the series has been affected by his firing.
“That was a major disappointment, and the irony was not lost on me,” Benoist said following her panel. “I have to say that the way our show has recovered as a cast and a crew together, we have an atmosphere on set now that I’m extremely proud of and there are a lot of amazing men that work on our show, and we have a lot of amazing women that are in powerful positions on our show as well — now one of our co-showrunners is a female, [Jessica Queller], and the executive producer Sarah Schechter. We’re all in the fight for equality and for a safer atmosphere in the working space.”
Kreisberg, who also served as an executive producer on The Flash, Arrow, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, was initially suspended while Warner Bros. conducted a full investigation regarding the allegations against him. The showrunner vehemently denied the claims against him, but was ultimately fired once the network finished its investigation. At the time of his firing, it was revealed that Greg Berlanti would work alongside executive producers/co-showrunners Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller, with Queller being one of the producers Benoist cites as one of the “amazing women” in a powerful position on the series.
Returning Monday, Jan. 15, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh, Jeremy Jordan, David Harewood, Chris Wood, Katie McGrath and Odette Annable.
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