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Fired ‘Loud House’ Creator Chris Savino Says He’s “Ashamed” and “Deeply Sorry”

In his first public statement since being fired from Nickelodeon, The Loud House creator Chris Savino said he was “deeply sorry” and “ashamed.”

Savino posted a letter of apology to his victims on a new Facebook account he created on Monday. In the letter, he wrote, “I now understand that the impact of my actions and communications created an uncomfortable environment…I should have known better, I should have acted better, and this has been a difficult, but valuable lesson.”

He also said that he had “the deepest respect for the bravery of the women” who spoke out against him.

Below is the letter in full:

Two weeks, Savino became the subject of an internal human resources investigation at Nickelodeon after a dozen women came forward to file complaints against him, alleging predatory behavior that ranged from unwanted sexual advances to threats of industry blacklisting.

The investigation was not known publicly until Cartoon Brew published an exclusive report last week about the situation. Following the story, additional women came forward with similar allegations against Savino dating back over a decade.

Savino was dismissed by Nickelodeon two days after the publication of Cartoon Brew’s story, which became a national story and was covered by dozens of publications including Washington Post, CBS, LA Times, Associated Press, Newsweek, People, and Entertainment Weekly.

  • Josh Evans

    Too little.
    Too late.

  • The only thing that Chris Savino is sorry for is that he had to humiliate himself in front of the whole Nickelodeon staff for all of us to see. Otherwise, his ‘apology’ letter reeks of bullshit and needs to be dispose to the nearest ‘dumpster of disgrace’.

  • Mike

    Yes, getting called out and punished is quite the difficult and valuable lesson. What an insincere load of garbage.

    • Alex Canas

      Hey. At the very least he apologized. So don’t make such harsh remarks to a man who is just trying to be forgiven.

      • Fried

        I don’t think he apologized so much as his lawyer apologized for him. Savino just signed the letter.

      • Mike

        A hollow apology saying “golly gee after over a decade I’ve suddenly seen the light” doesn’t exactly cut it. He doesn’t get to decide when he is forgiven and he has a lot of gall making a statement like this. He deserves nothing but scrutiny and “harsh remarks.”

      • Josh Evans

        No. He’s apologising because he was caught.
        He has a long history of this behavior. Getting outed then writing a couple sentences saying basically “my bad” doesn’t get him off the hook.
        People like him need to be made an example of. We need people like him to live in fear. Evil should cower in the shadows.

        • Netko

          It’s not even “my bad”, it’s more of a “whoops”, as if he caused harm to all those people by complete accident.

      • David

        Oh BS – that’s not an apology at all. “Although it was never my intention…” Threatening to blacklist someone is a very intentional act. So he’s lying from the very first sentence, and each following sentence is more of the same. Seeking forgiveness is a good thing, but to do so genuinely you must be honest and truly contrite, and he’s not doing either here.

      • diamond

        That was such a pathetic apology it made Kevin Spacey’s apology look like a class act by comparison.

  • Something
    about this feels… disingenuous. I dunno, judging by how that one
    anonymous women described his actions, he seemed well aware of his
    behavior and just didn’t give a crap. This apology made it sound like he
    seemed oblivious that he was harming anyone, which I find incredibly
    hard to believe.

  • anon4safety!

    This isn’t an apology, this is a desperate attempt to salvage his career. DON’T LET HIM. Sexual assault should render you unhireable till you’re in the GRAVE as far as I’m concerned…

    • Mendoza

      Just trying to be fair here….
      (this isn’t a defense of Savino)
      But he was never charged with sexual “assault”. As far as we know he never assaulted anyone.
      He was incriminated for sexual harassment. Both are terrible misdeeds, but the former is ten times as bad as the latter.

    • Currahee

      He was charged for Sexual Assault, he was charged for Sexual Harassment, two different things.

      • Judge Pickles

        What he did is bad enough, but there are those who seek to make it worse. For reasons best known to themselves. Be careful when pointing this out as it is often taken as a ‘defence’ of this guy.

  • Slim Cognito

    It’s effectively a non-apology since he shifted blame away from himself by claiming he didn’t know any better.

    • Paul Jones

      And now, we wait for him to pull a Chuckie Colson and show up on the 700 Club blubbering about seeing the error of his ways. He wouldn’t be the first crook to do that and he ain’t gonna be the last.

  • Troy

    So let me see if I got the scope of things:
    Within 15 years give or take more he harassed as many as a dozen women and stated:
    “I now understand that the impact of my actions and communications created an uncomfortable environment.”
    Seriously? He threatened them to be blacklisted. Any sane animator knows how difficult it is to get into a high profile company such as Nick and Cartoon Network. Since the industry has a couple amount of animation studios, word can get around relatively fast. This isn’t an apology, this is an attempt to downplay his own actions. Even if he was taken seriously, people will be less corporative with him from now on.

  • Jewrawd Smith

    Wow what a great apology.. /s

  • William Bradford

    THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS.

    Pleaaase not Mcckracken or tartakovsky too T___T….

    • Toon Legion

      Dude, McCracken’s married to someone he’s worked with since Powerpuff Girls and Genndy, while very strict in his workplace, knows better and very respectful of women.

    • Fried

      So two showrunners in the course of three years get fired for sexual misdeeds, and you develope the fear that the remaining are also secretly sexual harassers, too?

      I hope you don’t always develop fears like that because of a couple of bad apples. There’s a lot of bad generalizations you can make with an attitude like that, not just with men.

  • Gordon

    I don’t see this show lasting long after this, they’ll be burning the remaining episodes off on Nicktoons before you know it.

    • Mary

      Who knows? Season 3 might be the last or there’s going to be a 4th season. The movie is still in development but it may get cancelled. Honestly, I won’t be too surprised if the show gets canned by next year. This incident more or less put it in a negative light.

    • cartoonguy

      I don’t know, I’ve seen the show and I honestly don’t see much there that another show runner could not easily continue

      • Paul Jones

        Given all the somewhat out of focus female characters, I hope they parachute in Lauren Faust.

    • diamond

      The show will go on fine without him, it’s Nick second highest-rated cartoon, they’re not going to kill the golden goose over one guy.

  • Matt

    Maybe he will enter rehab and claim he is a sex addict and than only spend a week there…oh wait that was Harvey Weinstein but at this point they seem one in the same. He knew what he was doing from the start, stop making excuses for yourself Chris.

  • God Monkey Abu

    Amazing he broke silence this early, I’m not going to comment on how genuine I think it is because it really doesn’t matter. He’s done and I think he knows that. Good luck getting a job pretty much anywhere with that black mark on your record.

  • Toon Legion

    Valuable lesson huh? Yeah, lost your career and very unlikely anyone will take anything you’ll want to create seriously from you again, while being unable to continue on the journey of a series you finally got off the ground. But nice to now you learned something.

  • Jack Burton

    I’ve only seen a few eps, but surprising someone who created a show about a boy with a mess of sisters ended being some kind of jerk with women.

    • diamond

      Yeah, this is going to make things awkward when the Mysterious Mr Enter does his admirable animation on Loud House, he mentioned he wouldn’t review Clarence because of Skyler Page’s actions, so i’m wondering if he’ll do the same thing for Loud House.

  • Paul Jones

    Oh, super. The fourth part of Carlin’s Bovine Feces Trilogy: using the phrase ‘I was not aware’ to deflect blame. Sexfiendo is playing it by the book.

  • Scott Shaw!

    I worked with Chris Savino on the pilot for Disney’s BRANDY AND MR.
    WHISKERS in 2008/2009 but I had no inkling of his reputation for
    harassing women. However, I remember that we were BOTH offended by the
    male creator of the series, whose main ambition was to hire a young
    Kaley (THE BIG BANG THEORY) Cuoco for Brandy’s voiceovers so he could
    “get to know her”. He got his wish. What a creep.

    Er, “creeps”.

    >Yechhh< on ALL counts.

    • Paul Jones

      My guess is that his disgust was that the man was open about it.

  • Robert Holmén

    He says that he “understands” and then characterizes what he did as being “uncomfortable”.

    I think that statement was written with legal advice.

  • diamond

    Yeah i’m sure he’s real sorry, sorry he got caught. I can only hope the show continues to florish and do well without him.