Fuller House showrunner Bryan Behar will soon be heading to court, as ousted showrunner and series creator Jeff Franklin is suing him. Franklin's involvement in the series dates back to 1987 when he created Full House, the original sitcom which spawned the sequel series. He returned as the showrunner when Netflix chose to revive the classic comedy series with Fuller House in 2016, remaining in the role for the show's first three seasons. Everything changed in early 2018 when Franklin was fired for allegedly behaving inappropriately behind the scenes, and now he's seeking compensation for what he's saying is a complete fabrication.
When Jeff Franklin was booted from the show, there were reports he had been verbally abusive to various staffers. Franklin was also accused of making sexually inappropriate comments in the writer's room. Although Franklin was not directly accused of sexual harassment or misconduct, the reports were enough for Netflix to show the creator to the door. Soon after, Bryan Behar replaced Franklin along with Steve Baldikoski as the new showrunner. In Franklin's lawsuit, he's alleging Behar deliberately leaked concocted stories to the media to paint him in a negative light. According to court documents, this was motivated by jealousy towards Franklin with the desire to replace him as showrunner.
"Motivated by a secret hatred of Franklin and hoping to take his place someday as showrunner, Behar concocted a plan to compile unflattering and distasteful information about Franklin that was either fabricated or twisted versions of events and presented it first to the media and then to Warner Bros in an effort to get Franklin thrown off Fuller House. Franklin is informed and believes, and based thereon alleges, that Behar also secretly photographed Franklin and his female friends at work and Franklin's home, and also took photos of Franklin's computer screen at the office, all of which he added to his 'little black book' and showed to others involved with Fuller House in order to paint Franklin in a negative light. It appears Behar took real encounters with Franklin and distorted them to create false narratives that painted Franklin as sexist and unprofessional."
Before the series premiered on Netflix in 2016, the concept of a Full House sequel may have seemed far-fetched. Among other reasons, series star Bob Saget had reinvented himself as a foul-mouthed comedian, far removing him from his Danny Tanner persona. Still, fans rallied around the idea of the revival, leading Netflix to put in an order for the show. Most of the original cast members returned in some capacity, with the exception of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. After airing for four seasons, Netflix ordered an upcoming fifth season of Fuller House, which has also been confirmed to be the final installment of the series.
Of course, this will not be the only Fuller House battle to play out in court. Actress Lori Loughlin, who often appears as Aunt Becky on the series, was recently arrested as part of a bribery scheme that also saw the arrest of Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman. Along with her husband, Loughlin is accused of spending $500,000 to have her daughters enrolled in the University of Southern California. If convicted, Loughlin faces a maximum penalty of 40 years behind bars. It's unlikely she'll be given such an extreme sentence if convicted, but prosecutors are reportedly looking to make an example out of the Fuller House star. She recently pleaded not guilty to the charges against her.
For being such a wholesome show, it's unfortunate to see this kind of legal drama happening behind the scenes. At this time, Netflix is probably feeling more confident in their decision to end Fuller House after it airs its upcoming fifth and final season. That will most likely be the last we see of the Tanner and Fuller families, unless someone makes Fullest House in another couple decades. This information comes to us from Deadline.