Departure Comes Amid Ray Fisher Allegations
Director Joss Whedon will no longer continue to work on HBO series The Nevers following an investigation, claims actor Ray Fisher.
Fisher claimed in July that Whedon had shown “gross” and “abusive” behaviour on set, after which an investigation was launched the following month. Whedon did not release a statement on the matter.
In response to Whedon’s departure from The Nevers, Fisher wrote on Twitter –
“I have no intention of allowing Joss Whedon to use the old Hollywood tactic of ‘exiting’, ‘stepping down’, or ‘walking away’ to cover for his terrible behaviour,”
“WarnerMedia’s JL investigation has been in full swing for over three weeks now. This is undoubtedly a result of it.”
In a statement to Cinema Blend, Whedon said –
“This year of unprecedented challenges has impacted my life and perspective in ways I could never have imagined, and while developing and producing The Nevers has been a joyful experience, I realise that the level of commitment required moving forward, combined with the physical challenges of making such a huge show during a global pandemic, is more than I can handle without the work beginning to suffer.”
“I am genuinely exhausted and am stepping back to martial my energy towards my own life, which is also at the brink of exciting change. I am deeply proud of the work we have done; I’m grateful to all my extraordinary cast and collaborators, and to HBO for the opportunity to shape yet another strange world.
“The Nevers is a true labor of love, but after two-plus years of labour, love is about all I have to offer. It will never fade.”
In September, Jason Momoa sided with Fisher, saying “serious stuff went down” on set.