Earlier today it was reported that K.J. Apa, who plays Archie on the CW’s Riverdale, was involved in a late-night car crash last week, attributed to a 16-hour shift outside of the show’s Vancouver set. Apa fell asleep at the wheel after midnight while making the 45-minute trek back home, at which point his car struck a light pole. He was treated and released after the accident without any serious injuries. Now, Warner Bros. Television has issued a statement about the show’s on-set working conditions.
The statement reads:
“First and foremost, we are extremely grateful that KJ Apa was uninjured during his recent accident. Secondarily, we want to specifically address the characterization that conditions on the set of Riverdale are of concern. We have a large cast of series regulars, and our actors do not work every day. On the day of the accident, KJ worked 14.2 hours. The previous day he worked 2.5 hours, and the day before that he worked 7.7 hours. KJ has repeatedly been informed about making production aware if he is tired or feels unsafe, and if so, either a ride or hotel room will be provided for him. The accident occurred last Thursday. Additionally, it is untrue that KJ was taken to the hospital. He was treated by first responders on the scene and released by them. We also sent a doctor to his home later that same day for a follow-up to confirm his well-being.”
This comes after word spread that the cast and crew of Riverdale were protesting policies regarding work hours and transportation to and from set. Hollywood union SAG-AFTRA also dispatched a team to Canada to investigate Riverdale‘s working conditions, and officially went on record to voice their concerns to TheWrap.
“This is an extremely troubling situation and we are deeply concerned about the safety of performers on the Riverdale set,” read a press statement releasd by the union. “We are sending a team to Vancouver to review the circumstances surrounding safety issues affecting performers on this production. We have no further comment at this time.”
Sources earlier today also indicated that a call is planned on Friday between the actors’ representatives and Warner Bros. to discuss the issue.
Returning Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CW, Riverdale stars K.J. Apa as Archie Andrews, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom, Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy and Casey Cott as Kevin Keller.
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