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‘The Loud House’ Creator Chris Savino Fired From Nickelodeon After Sexual Harassment Allegations

A Nickelodeon spokesperson has confirmed to Cartoon Brew that Chris Savino has been fired from Nickelodeon, though the show will continue to air and remain in production.

“Chris Savino is no longer working with Nickelodeon,” the statement reads. “We take allegations of misconduct very seriously, and we are committed to fostering a safe and professional workplace environment that is free of harassment or other kinds of inappropriate conduct.”

The Loud House, which is currently in its second season, will continue to air on Nickelodeon and be in production,” the statement continues. “Season three is scheduled to premiere in early 2018.”

In an exclusive story published on Tuesday, Cartoon Brew reported that Chris Savino had been suspended from Nickelodeon last week due to an internal human resources investigation. Cartoon Brew had learned that the 46-year-old industry veteran had been accused by a dozen women employees at Nickelodeon of inappropriate behavior and harassment.

Following the publication of our story, others who had previously worked with Savino, including Bojack Horseman director Anne Walker Farrell, spoke out about earlier incidents of harassment that they had experienced from Savino.

Over 200 women in the animation industry published an open letter today demanding an end to sexual harassment in animation studios. The idea for the letter was hatched last week and was partly a response to the Savino situation, which had not been publicly disclosed at the time.

The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Nickelodeon Group president Cyma Zarghami also issued a staff memo today following Savino’s dismissal that reaffirmed the network’s “non-negotiable” commitment to “a safe and professional workplace environment.”

The full text of Zarghami’s letter is below:

Nickelodeon is incredibly successful at the moment and continues to thrive because of the people who work here. You put your heart and soul into what you do. And we are committed to giving you the tools and resources you need to succeed and thrive here.

Something we have long provided, as has the whole of Viacom, is a commitment to fostering a safe and professional workplace environment. It is one of our foundational principles, and it is non-negotiable.

This principle is not an idea that can be pushed solely from the top down. It is everyone’s responsibility to contribute to our culture, to value one another, and to promote inclusivity and respect on all levels.

I have been at the company for more than 30 years, and since the beginning of my time here, I have come into the office, and left it every day, feeling that we are doing good work, that we are good people, and that it is a privilege and responsibility to create great characters and stories for kids.

In the current climate, it feels necessary to say that if you should encounter an uncomfortable situation at work, or witness one, you are safe to speak up. If you hear something, and are unsure of what to do, you are safe to tell your supervisor or Human Resources. If you need help, in any way, you are safe to ask for it.

We value each and every one of you just as much as we collectively value our audience, and I am proud of the incredible brand and business we have built.

–Cyma

  • Mary

    He’s not Roman Polanski famous, but just because you’re famous, doesn’t mean you’re above the law. Not trying to jump to conclusions btw.

    • Harriet

      It’s okay, you’re allowed to jump to conclusions. He’s fired.

      • Mary

        I just didn’t want to deal with defenders in denial, that’s all.

    • milk

      Perhaps ‘famous’ is a little grandiose a term, in the pub last night no one had heard of him… nor had they heard of his show

  • cartoongirlz

    hey hey hey goodbyyyyye!

  • His Instagram page, where he personally uploads behind the scenes tidbits, has been deleted: https://www.instagram.com/savinoboy/?hl=en

    • Barrett

      It seems so amateur hour and stupid for people who get caught up in scandals to delete their posts or profiles. It’s like a little kid caught stealing a cookie putting the cookie back into the jar WHILE BEING WATCHED BY MOM and then claiming “I wasn’t stealing anything! Just look in the jar, all the cookie are there.”

      Dude…….the internet is like peeing in a pool. Once you do it, it’s out there, you can’t take anything back. This isn’t 1994, everything is copied and re-copied on a million servers, and if you’re a public figure, people are taking screenshots all the time IN CASE you screw up.

      Just leave your s**t up and own it. Deleting after the fact is just sad and pathetic.

      • Fried

        You realize that because it had a lot of behind the scenes and LH related info, Nick could have demanded that he take down the photos because it would violate some aspect of his contract, and he might have found it easier to just delete it?

        He also most likely didn’t want people to harass him online by spamming all his photos with, “Glad you got fired!” comments. It’s his social media account, he’s allowed to take it down if it wants. You may as well say people who set their settings to private are being babies.

        • Barrett

          Eh, it’s closing the barn door after the horses left, the barn burned down, and a pile of ash has had time to cool. Removing your social media posts ex post facto is just pathetic, no matter the circumstances. When I post something to the internet, I always check myself to see “so, you’re OK with this being up forever, like after-your-dead forever, right?” and I only hit “submit” once I’m sure of that. People should live with their actions and stop memory-holing crap. It doesn’t work and it’s weak sauce.

          • Fried

            “it’s closing the barn door after the horses left, the barn burned down, and a pile of ash has had time to cool.”
            It’s more like closing the barn door after the horses left and having people graffiti all over it telling you what a piece of crap you are while you get a notification on your phone each time someone sprays on new graffiti. Which is most definitely what would have happened if he didn’t delete the account and let all his social media to public.

            I think if you got non-stop notifications on your Twitter of people telling you they’re happy you got fired, even if you deserve it, you would eventually just delete the account because you don’t have to force yourself to endure online strangers telling you to piss off.

  • Tyler Ourada

    there’s a quote from the video game Life is Strange, “Don’t confuse art with the artist” (This was said by the game’s main character Maxine Caulfield) regardless on what kind of person Chris Savino is. (I don’t know the man so I won’t say) The Loud House is a quality show, with likable and relatable characters, and clever humor (for the most part) so I’m glad to see that while Chris may be punished for what he did, the show he made will remain unaffected. Chris is the problem not The Loud House, “don’t confuse art with the artist” also don’t mess around with the timeline.

    • Barrett

      Something that a lot of people don’t want to admit, or even confront as a concept, is that people are multifaceted, and in some extreme cases, those facets can be diametrically opposed on what is considered the spectrum of moral or ethical behavior.

      Take, for example, Bill Cosby. There’s someone who was seen for decades as a friendly, caring, clever and personable comedic actor, writer and producer. “America’s Dad”, the goofy uncle who wore sweaters and sold Jell-O, Fat Albert’s creative genius, etc. etc. Then we learn that, for what appears to be the ENTIRE time he was in the public eye, he committed countless acts of sexually-motivated coercion, drugging and rape. People react as though everything that they “thought they knew” about him was a fraud, all fake, a sham put forward by a sexually depraved monster. But the truth is, that kind of reaction is as limited as the view that was initially held, that he was this great guy who was funny and kind.

      The horrible truth is that people CAN BE BOTH. It’s not that one is a fake front and one is the “real” person. The terrible truth is BOTH can be “real.” Compartmentalization is a thing. People can perform acts of true kindness, generosity, creative genius and genuine friendship while in other instances committing selfish and sick acts of depravity and evil.

      This is distinct from true sociopaths – who basically feel nothing for others, and learn to play-act being charming, friendly, etc. in order to get what they want, be it career advancement, sexual gratification, bloodlust, God knows what. But far more common are people who are simply terribly flawed and have elements of good and bad in them. For many people, the “bad” side may be willingness to steal when no one is likely to catch them, to claim religious piety while knowingly committing “sins” away from your fellow believers, or to say bigoted things among “safe friends” but pretend to be non-racist in mixed company. But more extreme cases are those like Savino, where they have a side that emerges Jekyll-and-Hyde style that may be completely dormant in other situations. People like that need to get psychological help so they can put their pieces together and face their dark sides. But that doesn’t mean they’re monsters and nothing more.

  • megadrivesonic

    Its a real shame it had to come to all this. I just wish they’d show us some more proof on these allegations. I cant help but feel like something is still very off.

    • Dude, I don’t know what proof you think any representative should show the public, but they aren’t obligated. At the very least, those in power found Savino to be in clear violation of their policy and he was removed. Case closed. If there’s any other resolution to be met, it’s going to be sought after by those involved, who again, aren’t obligated to share anything. Just be happy that more people in the animation industry can feel even a little more safe.

    • provost

      The public is not privy to the victim’s evidence or Viacom’s internal investigation. NDA, privacy must still be respected. Your feelings have no basis in fact, and you would rather cast doubt on the integrity of a dozen women then respect that the internal investigation in fact has found due reason to fire Savino.

    • JodyMorgan

      So you choose to believe that Viacom would fire the creator/showrunner/director of their most successful cartoon since Spongebob because a dozen women decided to make up or exaggerate stuff about their boss/co-worker, I’m guessing?

    • hannah

      he was texting someone for years and sending pictures of his privates, sounds like plenty of evidence

    • Barrett

      Wow, this megadrivesonic character has been CONSISTENTLY defensive of Savino and keeps talking as if the “proof” is lacking. Either they’re one of these MRA/alt-right/Gamergate types who think “most of these public rape/harassment claims are lies”, or it’s Savino himself. Hoping it’s not the latter, because that would just be extra sad.

      • megadrivesonic

        Time has gone on. I want to believe hes innocent but as more info keeps coming its the contrary.

  • Maria Júlia Santana da Silva

    Goodbye Chris! I hope Miguel Puga control the show in third season…

  • Robert Holmén

    I guess he was dispensable and easy to fire but what does a studio do when they need to fire someone they can’t afford to fire? Do they go back to telling the victims to keep quiet?

    • Harry Bastard

      It’s NICK. Who could they not afford to fire?

  • Cale

    You kinda wonder how this will change the show and the movie. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad the work-space is less precarious, that’s the most important part, but they did just lose their creative head honcho.

    • Inkan1969

      The creator of “Clarence” was also accused of sexual harassment. He left the show, and the show has gone on for several seasons without him.

  • Michel Magnan

    So sick

  • cw for kids

    I honestly don’t understand how hard it is to keep inappropriate words and actions to yourself.
    CHILDREN know not to say or do certain things to or around people, but these grown ass morons
    can’t control themselves.