Just days after Fuller House creator/showrunner Jeff Franklin was fired by Netflix for inappropriate behavior, one of the stars is speaking out. During an interview at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar viewing party on Sunday, Fuller House star Candace Cameron Bure revealed that Franklin was a "dear friend," but regardless, the cast and crew are getting ready to move on without him. Here's what the actress had to say in a new interview before the Oscar ceremony on Sunday.
"Jeff is a dear friend and he's been a wonderful showrunner and he will be sorely missed from all of us. But the show must go on. We'll do that and we hope that we will have a great season."
The news of Jeff Franklin's firing last week came just a month after Netflix renewed the show for Season 4 at the end of January, with Netflix confirming after Jeff Franklin's firing that production will begin in a few months, as originally planned. While no specific production date has been given, Candace Cameron Bure did reveal that production will begin very soon, while hinting that the new season may be released by the end of this year on the Netflix streaming service. Here's what she had to say below.
"I can't even believe it, but we'll start production pretty soon. I don't know when it's going to air, probably the end of the year, but we're just working away."
The report from last week revealed that Jeff Franklin was both removed from his showrunner post on Fuller House, while Warner Bros. Television Studios also ended their overall deal with him as well. The series creator/showrunner was fired after allegations surfaced that he was "verbally abusive" in the writers room, while also making sexually charged comments about his love life. Others have complained about his tendency to bring women he's dating on the set, and giving them small roles on the show. Franklin was never accused of sexually harassing or sexually abusing anyone on the series.
While the fourth season still will happen as planned, Netflix hasn't yet announced who will take over for Jeff Franklin as the new Fuller House showrunner. While it's possible the series could promote from within, making executive producers such as Thomas L. Miller or Robert L. Boyett the new showrunner, or producers such as Steve Sandoval, they could also bring in someone completely new to run the show in Jeff Franklin's absence. Series regulars Candace Cameron Bure (DJ Tanner-Fuller), Jodie Sweetin (Stephanie Tanner), Andrea Barber (Kimmy Gibbler), John Stamos (Jesse Katsopolis), Bob Saget (Danny Tanner), Dave Coulier (Joey Gladstone) and Lori Loughlin (Becky Katsopolis) are all expected to return for Season 4. Season 3 ended with Kimmy agreeing to be Stephanie and Jimmy Gibbler's (Adam Hagenbusch) surrogate, while Danny, Jesse, Becky and Joey all revealing they're moving back to San Francisco. Entertainment Weekly broke the news from Elton John's Oscar viewing party on Sunday.