It may have taken Netflix a little longer than many would have liked to fire Danny Masterson from The Ranch, but the streaming service is cleaning house now. Not only has Masterson been let go from his Netflix gig as of last week, but now executive Andy Yeatman has also been fired from his job as director of global kids content. Here's what Netflix had to say about it.
"Mr. Yeatman is no longer employed at Netflix."
Short, sweet and to the point. Andy Yeatman reportedly told one of Danny Masterson's accusers that he "didn't believe" the rape claims made against the former That 70's Show star. As a result, Yeatman is the latest to be fired from Netflix. Kevin Spacey, who has also had a slew of sexual misconduct claims made against him, was also fired by Netflix and will no longer appear on House of Cards. In a previous statement, Netflix detailed Yeatman's "careless" comments to Masterson's accuser.
"While he was coaching a youth soccer match today, Mr. Yeatman, a Netflix kids' programming executive, was approached by a stranger who did not identify herself or explain her connection to Danny Masterson. Mr. Yeatman's comments were careless, uninformed and do not represent the views of the company. Further, he would have no insights into decision making on The Ranch."
Netflix was called out, specifically by one of Danny Masterson's accusers, Chrissie Carnell Bixler, for not firing the actor from The Ranch, even though his allegations were very public. Netflix eventually pulled the trigger and fired Danny Masterson and now by firing Yeatman, they're making it clear they won't be associated with anyone on the wrong side of the sexual misconduct battle in Hollywood. Masterson responded to the firing, saying that he was "disappointed" and emphasized that he's denying the claims made against him.
"I am obviously very disappointed in Netflix's decision to write my character off of The Ranch. From day one, I have denied the outrageous allegations against me. Law enforcement investigated these claims more than 15 years ago and determined them to be without merit. I have never been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one. In this country, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. However, in the current climate, it seems as if you are presumed guilty the moment you are accused. I understand and look forward to clearing my name once and for all. In the meantime, I want to express my gratitude to the cast and crew that I've worked so closely with over the past three seasons. I wish them nothing but success. I am also so thankful to the fans that have supported me and continue to do so."
Despite the fact that Danny Masterson has been fired, he's still going to have a presence on Netflix. The Ranch season 4 is set to arrive on December 15 and he's still featured in those episodes. Masterson is also on the Netflix series Easy, which debuted its second season on December 1. In any case, the streaming service is cleaning house and won't be dealing with individuals like Masterson or Andy Yeatman in the future, as indicated in this new report from Entertainment Weekly.