Will there be a “Fuller House” spin-off?
“Fuller House” creator Jeff Franklin, who was fired from the Netflix reboot last year over concerns about his on-set behavior, is contesting his dismissal from the family comedy.
After a Variety report claimed he was verbally abusive to staffers and had made inappropriate comments to the show’s writers, Warner Brothers Television announced in February 2018 that it would not renew Jeff Franklin’s deal, without an explanation.
Now Franklin has filed suit against the show’s co-executive producer Bryan Behar for allegedly conspiring to replace him as showrunner on “Fuller House, according to trade outlets The Hollywood Reporter and The Wrap.
In the complaint, his attorney, Larry Stein, writes Behar “concocted a plan to compile unflattering and distasteful information about Franklin that was either fabricated or twisted versions of events … and presented it first to the media and then to Warner Brothers in an effort to get Franklin thrown off ‘Fuller House.’”
The complaints against Franklin included allegations that he suggested that female staffers dress more seductively, discussed sex in the writers’ room and verbally accosted employees – all of which he denies.
The lawsuit adds that Behar was “resentful of Franklin’s success,” and “motivated by a secret hatred of Franklin” and hoped to “take his place someday as showrunner.”
His alleged plan came to fruition when Warner Bros terminated Franklin’s production deal.
“In need of a showrunner to carry on the schedule for Fuller House’s fourth season,” Stein noted, “Warner Brothers appointed Behar to replace Franklin.”
“Fuller House” star Candace Cameron Bure, who reprised her “Full House” role of D.J. Tanner in the Netflix reboot, defended Franklin as “a dear friend (and) wonderful showrunner” after his firing, which he confirmed via Instagram on Feb. 28, 2018.
Cameron Bure defends ousted showrunner: Actress supports ‘Fuller House’ creator, ‘dear friend’ Jeff Franklin
“I’m heartbroken to be leaving Fuller House. Creating and running Full House and Fuller House has been the greatest joy,” Franklin captioned a picture with stars Andrea Barber, Cameron Bure and Jodie Sweetin. “I wish the cast, my second family for over 30 years, continued success. I’m so proud of all we accomplished together, and beyond grateful to our loyal fans. Adios Tanneritos!”
The franchise has come under further scrutiny following the arrest of Lori Loughlin, an original cast member and recurring “Fuller House” guest star, in the college admissions bribery case. She and husband Mossimo Giannulli are accused of paying $500,000 to have their non-athletic daughters designated as sports recruits to facilitate their admission to the University of Southern California.
This week, the couple announced their intention to plead not guilty to charges of fraud and money laundering.
‘A loving family sticks together’:‘Fuller House’ cast supports Lori Loughlin amid college scandal
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