Fred Savage is “doing a lot of self-reflection” and focusing on dealing with “unresolved issues” following his firing from The Wonder Years reboot following allegations of “inappropriate behavior” on set.
The 45-year-old former child star – who shot to fame starring in the original series in the late 1980s and early 1990s – was sensationally let go from his role as executive producer when it took over the week latest, following an investigation into Savage’s “inappropriate behavior” on set.
Now sources close to Savage have revealed the father-of-three is using the incident as an opportunity to ‘reflect’ on his behavior and admitted he ‘can be a**hole sometimes’ – while pointing to ‘ unresolved issues that he must settle.
“Fred really took this issue very seriously and did a lot of self-reflection on how he could and should have handled different circumstances better,” insiders told Page Six.
The unnamed source added: ‘There are some unresolved issues that Fred wants to address.
Fred Savage is ‘doing a lot of self-reflection’ following his firing from The Wonder Years reboot following allegations of ‘inappropriate behavior’ on set, source says
The 45-year-old, who shot to fame starring in the original sitcom, which premiered in 1988 (right), had served as director and executive producer on the reboot (left)
However, although Savage was left out of The Wonder Years reboot, those familiar with the situation say he still has “overwhelming support” from his friends on set, and is also “fully supported” by his wife, Jennifer Lynn Stone, with whom he shares three children.
The actor’s ‘self-reflection’ claims come after other sources opened up to People about his ‘temper’, alleging Savage is ‘quick to anger’ and prone to ‘occasional outbursts’ on set when he directs.
An insider added to the outlet that Savage enjoys passing scenes, which puts crews under more pressure, leads to longer days and gives him “more opportunities to break people.”
“He makes his teams work pretty hard by always making more takes than necessary,” the source said. “Some directors just overreach. Sometimes they feel like they didn’t get the performance or they want to try a different angle or things like that.
Neither Savage nor any spokespersons commented on the nature of the “inappropriate behavior” that led to his dismissal, which allegedly included both verbal outbursts and inappropriate behavior, Deadline reported.
However, 20th Television released a statement last week to confirm he had been dropped from the show, saying: “Recently we have been made aware of allegations of inappropriate conduct by Fred Savage, and as politics, an investigation has been opened”.
“Upon completion, the decision was made to end his employment as executive producer and director of The Wonder Years.”
Savage was a child star when he appeared on the original series, which aired on ABC from 1988 to 1993 and followed a suburban white family in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
A source told Page Six that Savage (pictured on the original Wonder Years) admitted he “can be an a**hole sometimes” – while pointing out the “unresolved issues” he needs to address.
A new version of the show, which features Don Cheadle as narrator, premiered last fall. The new series revolves around a black family living in Montgomery, Alabama in the late 1960s.
This isn’t the first time Savage has found himself embroiled in controversy. In 2018, he was sued by costume designer Youngjoo Hwang, who claimed he assaulted and harassed her on set of TV show The Grinder.
The insider also claimed Savage was “fully supported” by his wife Jennifer Lynn Stone, whom he married in 2004 and shares three children with.
Hwang said in legal documents that Savage had a “volatile and aggressive temper when it came to the female crew” and had “hard hit” her three times.
According to Page Six, Hwang said “Savage was known to bully, intimidate and torment female crew members as they performed their duties yelling things like ‘I’m not a dog, stop following me’. ‘Don’t even fucking look at me anymore’ and ‘Get away from me.’
Savage, who later settled the lawsuit, called the charges “completely baseless and absolutely false”, and was cleared by an investigation at the time by 20th Century Television.
On Monday, Anahita Seda, an attorney who represented Hwang in his lawsuit against Savage, spoke about his dismissal, telling Page Six that she was “not at all surprised” by it and that she felt it had put her off. “long to come”. ‘.
“When my client came to me in 2018 with her allegations against Mr. Savage, we discovered that there was at least one legal action that had been taken against him in the past and that Mr. Savage allegedly had this guy of behavior not only towards my client, but also towards other women,” she said.
The latest allegations against Savage come four years after his on-screen mother, Alley Mills, claimed the original cancellation of Wonder Years ‘followed a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Savage (then 16) and Jason Hervey. (then 20 years old)”, which was settled by research
In 2018, Savage was also accused of harassment and assault by a customer on the TV show The Grinder (seen); Youngjoo Hwang said in legal documents that he had a “volatile and aggressive temper when it came to the female crew” and had “severely punched” her three times.
Hwang (seen with his lawyer in 2018) also said that “Savage was known to bully, intimidate and torment female crew members”
“It is unfortunate that it took my client to speak out and now these other people before action was finally taken.”
Four years ago, her former on-screen mother, Alley Mills, claimed the original cancellation of Wonder Years followed a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Savage and Jason Hervey, which she said had been settled. amicably.
Monique Long, the woman who accused the 16-year-old of sexual harassment, worked as a costume designer on set.
She accused Savage and Hervey of “verbally and physically harassing her,” according to Deadline.
In response to Mills’ dismal claims, she told the outlet via email: ‘My only response to the slander of Ms Mills is that it proves exactly why women in the industry are forced to remain silent about the sexual harassment.”
During her interview with Yahoo!, the show matriarch called the allegations against Savage “completely ridiculous.”
She went on to call Savage “the least offensive, most wonderful, sweetest human being that has ever walked the face of the earth.”
“So I just thought it was a big joke and it was going to blow up,” she added.