The Flash has fired Sawyer after racist and misogynistic tweets surfaced online
The CW, The Flash production companies Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti Productions and executive producer Eric Wallace released a statement:
Hartley Sawyer will not be returning for season seven of The Flash. In regards to Mr. Sawyer’s posts on social media, we do not tolerate derogatory remarks that target any race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, or sexual orientation. Such remarks are antithetical to our values and polices, which strive and evolve to promote a safe, inclusive and productive environment for our workforce.
Over the last two weeks, Sawyer’s tweets surfaced and made the rounds online. Among those are one from 2012 that stated, “The only thing keeping me from doing mildly racist tweets is the knowledge that Al Sharpton would never stop complaining about me,” and others from 2012-2014 that state, “Enjoyed a secret boob viewing at an audition today,” “If I had a wife I would beat the hell out of her tonight lol,” and “Date rape myself so I don’t have to masturbate.” On May 30, Sawyer issued an apology on his Instagram, writing, “I am incredibly sorry, ashamed and disappointed in myself for my ignorance back then. I want to be very clear: this is not reflective of what I think or who I am now.” Sawyer’s Twitter has since been deleted.