US actor Hartley Sawyer has been fired from The Flash over a series of tweets he posted.
Sawyer joined the superhero show in season 4 as Ralph Dibney, a.k.a. Elongated Man, and has been a series regular for the past two seasons.
But tweets he made, prior to joining the show, have come back to haunt him. Described variously as racist and misogynistic they prompted producers into action.
Warner Bros. Television and Berlanti Productions said in a statement, “Hartley Sawyer will not be returning for Season 7 of The Flash. In regards to Mr. Sawyer’s posts on social media, we do not tolerate derogatory remarks that target any race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, or sexual orientation. Such remarks are antithetical to our values and polices, which strive and evolve to promote a safe, inclusive and productive environment for our workforce.”
Executive producer Eric Wallace also issued a statement.
Sawyer also issued his own apology on Instagram.