Seems Netflix felt it had no choice but to let go of Danny Masterson following claims by three women that actor sexually assaulted them. LAPD recently launched an investigation after the claims were brought forward. Danny stars in the show opposite his co-star from ‘That 70’s Show,’ Ashton Kutcher.
The allegations are that Danny raped 3 women (who are also Scientologists) in the early 2000s. Danny’s Rep seems to insinuate that these women only came forward after they spoke with Leah Remini, who is famously trying to take down scientology with her popular TV series, “Scientology and the Aftermath.”
You’ll still see Masterson in episodes already produced that launch December 14th. He’ll also appear in some episodes that will premiere in 2018, although they Netflix wouldn’t specify how many.
Here is the statement from Netflix:
“As a result of ongoing discussions, Netflix and the producers have written Danny Masterson out of The Ranch. Yesterday was his last day on the show, and production will resume in early 2018 without him.”
Here is the statement from Danny:
“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.”