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The Loud House has become one of Nickelodeon’s biggest hits in recent years, only behind the immortal juggernaut SpongeBob Squarepants. Now, the animated comedy about Lincoln Loud and his 10 sisters has found itself attached to a controversy. Following reports from Cartoon Brew claiming that series creator Chris Savino has sexually harassed female members of the animation industry for years, Nickelodeon has fired the 46 year-old after an internal review. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, a Nickelodeon spokesperson said:
Chris Savino is no longer working with Nickelodeon. We take allegations of misconduct very seriously, and we are committed to fostering a safe and professional workplace environment that is free of harassment or other kinds of inappropriate conduct
In his first statement since the allegations broke, Savino posted the following on Facebook:
I am deeply sorry and I am ashamed. Although it was never my intention, I now understand the impact of my actions and communications created an uncomfortable environment. At every stage of my career, I have sought to uplift my colleagues and cultivate a culture of respect. In this objective, I have failed. I should have known better, I should have acted better, and this has been a difficult, but valuable lesson.
I have nothing but the deepest respect for the bravery of the women who have spoken out, trying to create an environment in which they can thrive and reach their fullest potential.
The scandal comes as the entertainment industry has been rocked following the Harvey Weinstein debacle. Individuals from all walks of life have been sharing their experiences with social media hashtags like #metoo.
The Loud House was loosely inspired by Savino’s childhood. Nickelodeon is currently underway on production for a third season set to debut in early 2018. A theatrical adaptation is also in development, with a tentative February 7, 2010 release date. Savino’s removal is not expected to impact the production pipeline.