Danny Masterson was let go from "The Ranch" Tuesday, despite the streamer knowing of the investigations into sexual assault allegations against him since at least March.
"After discussing with the producers, we've decided to write Danny Masterson off of 'The Ranch,'" Netflix tweeted on Tuesday morning. "Yesterday was his last day of work, and we'll make new episodes in 2018 without him.
Masterson was quick to respond.
"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," Masterson told TMZ. "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."
Masterson has been accused by four women of sexual assault. One of those women told The Huffington Post she was told by a Netflix executive, Andy Yeatman, that the network didn't believe their claims over this past weekend. This was before Yeatman realized he was talking to one of Masterson's alleged victims.
Netflix acknowledged the exchange with Yeatman to HuffPo on Monday, calling his words "careless" and "uninformed," before going on to add that they "are aware of the allegations against Danny Masterson and we are following the current investigation, and will respond if developments occur." According to their tweet today, Masterson was let go yesterday, the same day as this statement.
The LAPD and Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office have been conducting an investigation into the allegations against Masterson for most of 2017. He has been accused of spiking the drinks of four women and raping them. Netflix learned of the investigation in March, which has lead to some controversy over their lack of response, considering how quickly they fired Kevin Spacey after allegations of sexual misconduct arose around him.
Twitter erupted after their decision to fire Masterson on Tuesday, with celebrities and fans alike applauding the streamer. At the same time, some were throwing shade by suggesting it took the HuffPo story revealing the victims weren't believed to spur Netflix into action.
Here are some of those responses:
🙏🏻🙏🏻— Jane Levy (@jcolburnlevy) December 5, 2017
Thank you Yashar for your incredible work. https://t.co/9S58rcQopk— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) December 5, 2017
Now that Danny Masterson has been fired, how can we get Terry Crews’ assaulter Adam Venit fired as well? I don’t understand how anybody would want to have an agent like that. “Representative” as in “they represent you”.— Lexi Alexander (@Lexialex) December 5, 2017
Netflix has at long last fired Danny Masterson. Don't thank them--they took nine fucking months to do it. https://t.co/DGtjfVwa17— Courtney Enlow (@courtenlow) December 5, 2017
I'm glad Danny Masterson got fired. I mean..."The Ranch" is clearly a pretend show that doesn't exist because no one has watched it ever, but still. Glad he got fired.— [kie.ran] (@danblackroyd) December 5, 2017
Less than 24 hours after this story published, @Netflix announces Danny Masterson will no longer be acting on "The Ranch." The day this story came out was his last day of filming. https://t.co/cJmdEu9dRe— Lois Beckett (@loisbeckett) December 5, 2017
BREAKING: Christopher Plummer to digitally replace Danny Masterson in all episodes of That 70s show. pic.twitter.com/6aemxIA5Cf— The Studio Exec (@studioexec1) December 5, 2017
BREAKING: Christopher Plummer to replace Danny Masterson in Netflix show The Ranch. pic.twitter.com/MAMviUNiyN— The Studio Exec (@studioexec1) December 5, 2017
I didn’t even know Danny Masterson was running for senate— Shampoodler (@Shampoodler) December 5, 2017
I don't say this often, but GOOD JOB @netflix - firing Danny Masterson was an important step. Next time don't drag your ass.— Carol of the Wills (@oslowe) December 5, 2017
I'm glad it finally happened! It must have been the article about that executive that told the victim they didn't believe the accusers. They got A HUGE backlash from it. Great job to everyone that helped get the message across! Resistance works! https://t.co/uHz3MwBn4R— ProudSnowflake ❄️ (@danicalynn1988) December 5, 2017
Danny Masterson is just more proof that the entertainment industry needs to be completely and utterly destroyed.— Chicago Joe (@adudeinaplace3) December 5, 2017
For once, Scientology couldn't save Danny Masterson from the consequences of his actions. #good— Y Llyfrgellydd ✨🧝🏻♀️✨ (@sassylibrarian1) December 5, 2017
Masterson will still appear in Part 4 of "The Ranch," premiering December 15th on Netflix.