Stunning new details about the allegations which led to Fuller House creator Jeff Franklin being fired from his Netflix spin-off serieshave been revealed in court this week. The producer is accused of sexual harassment as well as making sexist and derisive comments about female colleagues.
Franklin, created the original Full House as well as its revival, was terminated by Warner Bros. Television in early 2018 amid reports that staffers of the show had complained about his behavior on and off the set. At the time, Franklin was alleged to have made inappropriate comments about his personal life, and it was believed (though not confirmed at the time) that Warner Bros. had opened an investigation of the same.
Franklin subsequently initiated a lawsuit against his successor Bryan Behar, claiming that he had conspired to leverage the #MeToo movement against him, making false allegations in an effort to have Franklin dismissed from the series. In the suit, Franklin claimed that Behar had shopped "fabricated or twisted versions of events" to the media before taking those accounts up the chain to the company.
As a result of Franklin's legal action, Silisha Platon, a labor representative of Warner Bros. TV, has now submitted further details of its internal investigation to the court, according to The Hollywood Reporter. That testimony indicates that Warner Bros.' investigation began back in 2016, which was long before Hollywood's sexual harassment awareness and prevention campaign launched. Amid further complaints that Franklin had created a toxic work environment, including one from a female writer of the show, the company initiated a subsequent investigation in 2017 which included interviewing several staffers from the show.
Those conversations revealed that Franklin reportedly made inappropriate comments about his sexual conquests and requested certain writers to come to his home with bikinis. Further, Franklin reportedly complained about having to hire female writers and people of color and made derisive and sexist comments about female creatives on the show, like "She is probably going to be pregnant next season" and "I wish I could make all the women on my staff get hysterectomies."
Platon also contends in the account that Behar's information was not the cause of Warner Bros. Television's decision to terminate its relationship with Franklin.
Franklin's attorney did not immediately return TV Guide's requests for comment. Warner Bros. declined to comment.
Fuller House was renewed for a fifth and final season in early 2019.