When it came to the fourth season of The Flash on the CW channel, actor Hartley Sawyer was a good hire. He brought back the lightness that made the attraction a hit in his debut year, in the role of comic relief generated by Elastic Man, Detective Ralph Dibny. However, in a similar episode to what happened to director James Gunn ( Guardians of the Galaxy ), inconsequential and harmful Twitter posts surfaced and caused his resignation.
The CW acted quickly, and The Flash showrunner Eric Wallace confirmed Saywer’s departure and the reasons for his dismissal via social media. “Hartley Sawyer will not be returning for the seventh season of The Flash,” the statement says. “Regarding 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.”
Actor Grant Gustin, who plays Barry Allen, the Flash, also showed his disappointment. He reproduced Wallace’s ad on his Instagram account. “I don’t have much to add, because Eric’s thoughts are so eloquently and powerfully stated. I will say that I was shocked, sad and angry when I saw the tweets. The words are important,” he added.
The dismissed actor says he’s sorry
After the “cancellation” on social media and the end of his contract with the CW, Sawyer deleted his Twitter profile and used Instagram to say he was sorry and that he understands the positioning of Warner / CW and the showrunner. “I’m not here to make excuses,” he wrote. “Regardless of the intention, my words are important and have profound consequences. And mine can and did cause pain and shame, as well as feelings that I can only imagine, for my supporters and fans, my castmates, the team, my colleagues and friends. “, he wrote.
“I owe an apology to everyone. And I owe an apology to each of you. Thank you for making me responsible. I’m sorry, ashamed and disappointed in myself for my ignorance at that time. I want to be very clear: this does not reflect what I think or who I am now, “he said.