Hartley Sawyer: The good news is that The Flash Season 7 is on its way. However, if you knew what was going on, you might not find the upcoming news surprising. Hartley Sawyer, who plays Elongated Man (Ralph Dibny) on The CW show has been fired. Sawyer joined The Flash as a recurring character in Season 4. However, the actor was promoted to a series regular in Season 6.
Why Was Sawyer Fired?
Those who follow him on Twitter and Instagram have a genuine idea as to why he was fired. However, for those who don’t, we got you covered. The Hollywood Reporter (THR) got the exclusive details regarding the actor getting fired. Sawyer was fired days after a series of his old racist, homophobic, and misogynistic tweets resurfaced.
This is what The CW said in a statement to THR:
“In regards to Mr.Sawyer’s tweet on social media, we do not tolerate any derogatory remarks that target any race, gender, national origin, or sexual orientation. Such remarks are antithetical to our values which strive and evolve to promote a safe, inclusive, and productive environment around the workplace. “
Showrunner Eric Wallace tweeted a lengthy statement in which he mentioned that Sawyer’s tweets had left him heartbroken and angry. As a result, Sawyer’s Twitter account has been deactivated since the day of the incident. However, the damage was already done as the tweets included multiple offensive messages.
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In 2011, Sawyer tweeted: “All Women Should Be In Sex Farms”. In June 2012, he tweeted the following:
” The only thing stopping me from doing mildly racist tweets is the knowledge that AL Sharpton will never stop complaining about me.”
But he didn’t stop here. In 2014, he further added: “Out at dinner, and just exposed myself as a racist, again.”
However, the 35-year-old actor later apologized for his comments via an Instagram post. This is what Sawyer said in his apology:
“Though my words were meant with an intent of humor, they were hurtful and unacceptable. I am deeply ashamed I was capable of these horrible attempts to get attention at that time. I regret them deeply.”
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What Happens To The Flash Now?
After the actor’s tweets resurface, it was clear that it was the end of the line of him. As a result of some serious homophobic and racist tweets, The CW immediately fired Sawyer from The Flash. Therefore, the actor won’t be reprising his role as Ralph Dibny in the seventh season of The Flash.
Hartley Sawyer: The Flash star Grant Gustin, was shocked, saddened, and angry after learning about the actions of his former co-star. However, it is yet unclear as to what happens to the show moving forward. It is possible that there might be a recasting. But one of Ralph’s ability is that he can change his appearance and look like someone else. So maybe they can go with the recast option. Or they can make it that off-screen he changes into someone else.