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The Loud House: Series Creator Suspended Over Sexual Harassment Allegations

The Loud House: Series Creator Suspended Over Sexual Harassment Allegations”

Nickelodeon has parted ways with The Loud House creator Chris Savino following numerous allegations of sexual harassment, PEOPLE confirms.

Already in the works before news of Savino's dismissal hit, an open letter has been issued by more than 200 women and gender nonconforming employees and executives from studios including Cartoon Network, Disney, Nickelodeon and DreamWorks Animation calling for the end of sexual harassment in the animation industry, which can be read here.

"Viacom is committed to the safety and well-being of our employees, and to fostering a workplace free from harassment, : the company said". Nickelodeon confirmed that The Loud House will continue to air on the kidsnet, with season three scheduled to bow in early 2018.

A Nickelodeon spokesperson told CNN prior to the news of Savino's ouster that they were "unable" to comment on when Savino was suspended. The show revolves around the chaotic life of a young boy named Lincoln Loud, who is the middle child in a family of eleven kids.

Savino is the latest Hollywood figure to lose his job over sexual harassment accusations in the wake of the widening scandal that has consumed the entertainment industry following the downfall of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

After the allegations came to the surface, higher-up's at the network put him on an "immediate leave of absence". "She used the hashtag "#MeToo", the viral social media campaign that has seen thousands of women and men come forward with their stories of abuse and assault.

Cyma Zarghami, president of Viacom Inc.'s Nickelodeon Group, released a memo to staffers following Savino's firing, encouraging them to speak out if they experience or see mistreatment. If you need help, in any way, you are safe to ask for it. This principle is not an idea that can be pushed exclusively from the top down. "We value each and every one of you just as much as we collectively value our audience, and I am proud of the incredible brand and business we have built".



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