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After distilling racist and misogynistic comments on his Twitter profile and subsequently deleting the social network, Hartley Sawyer was fired from the cast of The Flash.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the messages remain jokes involving sexual assault, racism and homophobia. The announcement of his resignation was given by showrunnner Eric Wallace:
“Hartley Sawyer will not be returning for the seventh season of The Flash. Regarding Mr. Sawyer’s posts on social media, we do not tolerate derogatory comments that target any race, ethnicity, national origin, gender or sexual orientation. Such comments are antithetical to our values and policies, which strive and evolve to promote a safe, inclusive and productive environment for our workforce “.
The tweets are old, made between 2011 and 2014, but have recently resurfaced. On his Instagram, the actor says:
“I’m not here to make excuses. Regardless of the intention, my words are important and have profound consequences. And mine can and have caused pain and embarrassment, as well as feelings that I can only imagine, for my fans and fans, my fellow cast members, the team, my colleagues and friends. I owe an apology to everyone. And I owe an apology to each of you. Thank you for taking responsibility. I feel very ashamed and disappointed by my ignorance. I want to be very clear: this is not reflects what I think or who I am now. “
Sawyer had joined the cast of The Flash in the fourth season of The Flash as the Elastic Man.
It is not clear whether the role will be passed on to another actor or whether the series will go on without the character. The seventh season is expected to debut later this year.
In the meantime, read more about The Flash at Cinema10.