ADIOS, MOFO: Danny Masterson finally — FINALLY! — fired from ‘The Ranch’

Netflix has finally — FUCKING FINALLY — fired Danny Masterson from The Ranch over allegations that he raped four women. But don’t be so quick to congratulate Netflix on this. The real reason this happened is that this weekend a Netflix executive told a woman that they didn’t believe Masterson’s accusers. Except, HA HA? the woman was one of the accusers.

(Andy Yeatman, Netflix’s director of global kids content) spoke with the woman, whom HuffPost is referring to as Victim B, on the sidelines of a kids’ soccer game in Los Angeles. Yeatman is the head coach of a soccer team for 8- and 9-year-old girls. Victim B’s husband is the head coach of the team that played against Yeatman’s on Sunday. Their respective daughters play on the teams that their fathers coach.

When Victim B approached Yeatman and asked him if he worked at Netflix, she says he answered in the affirmative.

Victim B said she asked Yeatman why Netflix was not taking action against Masterson in light of the district attorney’s investigation and the multiple accusations of rape. According to Victim B and another witness, Yeatman said Netflix takes sexual misconduct allegations seriously but that “we don’t believe them,” referring to Masterson’s four accusers.

Victim B told HuffPost she never expected Yeatman to say such a thing and was left stunned. She said she then told him, “I’m one of them,” indicating she was one of Masterson’s accusers.

The conversation ended quickly.

OH, I BET THE CONVERSATION ENDED QUICKLY. But I bet the conversation Yeatman had with Netflix’s lawyers DIDN’T END QUICKLY. And so, with a PR disaster on their hands, Netflix finally did the right thing and fired that Scientologist creep’s ass.

But wait! There’s more! Apparently, Yeatman’s wife sent an email to the husband of the accuser attacking her:

HEY. MAYBE IT’S DANNY MASTERSON WHO IS THE ACTUAL ASSHOLE HERE, LADY, AND MAYBE YOUR HUSBAND SHOULD HAVE JUST SAID, “I’m sorry, I can’t comment on that.”

Reminder: Netflix fired Kevin Spacey almost immediately, and there was no criminal investigation underway, so keeping Masterson around was really fucking baffling.

House of Cards final and shortened season will focus on Claire Underwood, and Kevin Spacey will not appear in it at all.

In other Spacey news, according to Gabriel Byrne, Spacey’s behavior caused a temporary shutdown of the filming of The Usual Suspects. And, hey, you know who directed The Usual Suspects? Bryan Singer. Who just got fired from that Freddie Mercury biopic for “unexpected unavailability.” He claims it’s because he had to take care of a sick parent, but considering he’s long been the subject of rumors similar to the ones about Kevin Spacey, there are plenty of hints that it’s not the whole story. That other shoe is just waiting to drop.

Meanwhile, John Oliver dragged Dustin Hoffman for his sexual harassment allegations and his shitty “apology.”

“Do you believe this stuff you read?” Hoffman asked.

“Yes,” Oliver replied. “Because there’s no point in [an accuser] lying.”

“Well, there’s a point in her not bringing it up for 40 years,” Hoffman said.

“Oh Dustin,” Oliver said disapprovingly, putting his head in his hand.

Christ, what an asshole. (Hoffman, not Oliver.) Video in the link.

John Conyers just retired from Congress over harassment claims. Meanwhile, Roy Moore is not going anywhere, the Harasser-in-Chief endorsed him and the RNC has gone back to financially supporting him. Ugh. Won’t someone think of the interns?

Hey, Scott Baio, where you at?

Four more women have come forward with allegations against Robert Knepper.

Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine has been suspended over allegations of inappropriate behavior.

The New York City Ballet is investigating charges against the ballet master in chief, Peter Martins.

The production company behind that David O. Russel series that has been canceled by Amazon thanks to Harvey Weinstein is suing The Weinstein Company.

Fox News has another lawsuit on its hands thanks to Bill O’Reilly.

Meanwhile, MSNBC forced out contributor Sam Seder over a 2009 tweet making a Roman Polanski joke that he later deleted. Not everyone is happy about MSNBC’s choice, arguing that the network got suckered into firing him over a bad-faith smear campaign by that pig Mike Cernovich who spread Pizzagate rumors. Blerg.

But PBS is doing it right: replacing a gropey man with a smart and talented woman.

As part of his rehabilitation tour, Billy Bush was asked by Stephen Colbert last night how it felt to be fired by NBC before Matt Lauer, which is just a very good question, NBC.

The 9/11 museum is not removing footage that includes Matt Lauer, which of course they shouldn’t? Because that would be utterly ridiculous?

In Other TV News

The creator of The Exorcist is glad the gay kiss a few weeks back ruined the show for any homophobes out there. And I quote: “Good, fuck you. I’m glad you didn’t like it, I’m glad it ruined the show for you. You shouldn’t have good things in your life.” Jeremy Slater is my hero.

Liquid Television is now available to watch in full online. (!!!)

Steven Moffat decided to open his dumb mouth and relitigate why he didn’t cast a female Doctor and his reason is so dumb. Shut up, Steven Moffat. Do yourself a favor and just shut up.

Oh my American Gods, if they don’t bring back Mad Sweeney or Easter, we riot.

Kristen Bell will serve as the first host of the Screen Actor Guild Awards, and the delightful Amber Ruffin will host the Writers Guild Awards.

This guy thinks that Tyrion is going to lose his tongue on Game of Thrones. While I think that’s entirely probable in the book, there’s no chance the TV show is going to deprive its wittiest character of his finest weapon.

Speaking of Game of Thrones, it’s returning to Iceland for some filming. Commence speculation.

There is no “message” to Curb Your Enthusiasm. Don’t ask what the message is. Come on.

Jimmy Kimmel is enlisting celebrity hosts again this week: last night it was Chris Pratt, next are Tracee Ellis Ross, Neil Patrick Harris, and Melissa McCarthy.

Trump’s lawyer John Dowd also took over The Daily Show‘s Twitter account and broke a little news.

Joe Scarborough is repeating his claim that Trump is unstable and the GOP knows it, but that they’ll do fuckall about it.

LOL, some dummy on Fox News compared Michael Flynn’s felony guilty plea to jaywalking. YEP. KEEP GOING WITH THAT. MAGA!

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Will & Grace: The group imagines what Christmas in old New York would be like. (Spoiler alert: not cool with the gays.) 8 p.m., NBC

Superstore: It’s Christmas Eve, good luck. 8:30 p.m., NBC

The Middle: Something about a time capsule on the 200th episode. 200 episodes is a lot of episodes! 7 p.m., ABC

Stripped: This new series is some sort of experiment where they take everything you own out of your house or something. No thanks! Series premiere. 9 p.m., Bravo

Late Night: Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Kate McKinnon, Patton Oswalt, Wiz Khalifa featuring Ty Dolla $ign Late Night with Seth Meyers: Michael Shannon, Ilana Glazer, Abbi Jacobson, Hiss Golden Messenger, Brooks Wackerman The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Saoirse Ronan, Van Jones, Morrissey The Late Late Show with James Corden: Matthew Broderick, Gina Rodriguez, Christopher Meloni Jimmy Kimmel Live: Tracee Ellis Ross, Amanda de Cadenet Conan: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Barkhad Abdi, Dina Hashem The Daily Show: TBA The Opposition with Jordan Klepper: Daniel Ellsberg Watch What Happens Live: Sam Smith, Patti LaBelle

 

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