Danny Masterson, one of the main actors of Netflix’s The Ranch, will be written off the show after being accused of rape, according to Variety. Allegations against Masterson were brought to the attention of Netflix executives, at least one of whom reportedly said this weekend that he did not believe the accusers. Four women have accused him of rape.
After discussing with the producers, we’ve decided to write Danny Masterson off of The Ranch. Yesterday was his last day of work, and we’ll make new episodes in 2018 without him.
— Netflix US (@netflix) December 5, 2017
“As a result of ongoing discussions, Netflix and the producers have written Danny Masterson out of The Ranch,” Netflix told Variety on Tuesday. “Yesterday was his last day on the show, and production will resume in early 2018 without him.”
Masterson sent a statement to The Huffington Post, denying the allegations and saying that he looks forward to clearing his name once and for all.
Reminder to Masterson: “Innocent until proven guilty” is a legal standard, not a business one. It is also interesting to take that tact considering it seems Masterson may be charged, as the LAPD have investigated.
Netflix is ostensibly following a zero-tolerance policy regarding sexual misconduct on its sets after the accusations against Kevin Spacey and the swiftness with which multiple media companies distanced themselves from Louis C.K.
Oddly, this is the second time Ashton Kutcher will work on a show that’s losing one of its main actors to inappropriate behavior; he famously took over for Charlie Sheen during the final seasons of Two and a Half Men.
The Ranch is scheduled to premiere its next season (part 3) on Dec. 15, in which Masterson did appear.