While it's about time Netflix took action against Masterson, it only came after months and months of complaints.
And it only came after a HuffPost article that reported that Netflix executive Andy Yeatman, the director of global kids content, told one of Masterson’s victims (without knowing she was one) that the higher-ups at the company didn’t believe the four women who’d accused him.
In the official statement on this report from Netflix, they said, “While he was coaching a youth soccer match today, Mr. Yeatman ― a Netflix kids’ programming executive ― was approached by a stranger who did not identify herself or explain her connection to Danny Masterson."
“Mr. Yeatman’s comments were careless, uninformed and do not represent the views of the company. Further, he would have no insights into decision making on The Ranch. We are aware of the allegations against Danny Masterson and we are following the current investigation, and will respond if developments occur.”
Also on Monday, a petition calling for The Ranch to be canceled had garnered more than 38,000 signatures.
The petition urged Netflix to cancel the show based on the four allegations against Masterson.
One day later, only after the damning HuffPost report and the petition gained steam, did Netflix fire Masterson from the show.
Masterson has repeatedly denied the allegations.
On Tuesday, he made a statement about Netflix’s decision to fire him: “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. 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.
“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.”
He blamed "the current climate" of believing accusers. Excuse us for believing four women over one guy and the Scientologists who are covering up his assaults.
This is us when men finally get punished for their bad behavior. Yeah, “the current climate” is shifting.
For the better.