HARTLEY SAWYER Fired From ‘The Flash’ Over Past Racist And Misogynistic Remarks
Actor Hartley Sawyer has been fired from The Flash after his old tweets with racist, misogynistic, and homophobic references resurfaced recently . His dismissal came after the global uproar on the wrongful death of a black man named George Floyd at the hands of the police.
A week ago, Hartley issued an apology via Instagram. "I am incredibly sorry, ashamed and disappointed in myself for my ignorance back then. I want to be very clear: this is not reflective of what I think or who I am now."
The 35-year-old actor has played private investigator Ralph Dibny a.k.a. Elongated Man on the TV series for the past three seasons. He won't be returning for the upcoming seventh season, a statement from The CW confirmed.
Showrunner Eric Wallace said in a separate statement that Hartley's social media posts "broke my heart and made me mad as hell."
Series lead Grant Gustin reposted Wallace's statement, saying "I don’t have much to add because Eric’s thoughts are stated so eloquently and powerfully. I will say I was shocked, saddened and angry when I saw the tweets. Words matter."