UPDATED 3:22 PM: More fallout from the Stephen Collins audiotape that surfaced yesterday. ABC said today that the former 7th Heaven star’s scenes have been cut from an upcoming episode of the Shonda Rhimes D.C. drama Scandal. “We can confirm that we will not be airing any footage with Stephen Collins,” a network rep told Deadline. Collins also had appeared in a 2012 episode of Scandal, and the actor had sent a tweet a couple of weeks ago confirming his return to the show:
PREVIOUSLY, 2:21 PM Tuesday: Hours after TMZ went public with an audio tape that purports to be the voice of Stephen Collins confessing to having had sexual contact with multiple children, UP TV (formerly The Gospel Music Channel) announced it is pulling 7th Heaven from its programming schedule as of 5 PM ET today. Collins played the patriarch and pastor on the long-running drama that originated on The WB network, then migrated to CW, running from August of ’96 to May of ’07, making it Aaron Spelling’s longest running series.
Meanwhile, a SAG-AFTRA rep told Deadline that Collins has resigned from its national board; the rep declined to elaborate. Collins was elected to the SAG national board in 2011 and reelected to the SAG-AFTRA national board in August 2013 – a four-year term.
Collins also has been dropped from Universal’s sequel to Seth MacFarlane’s Ted franchise; Collins had a small role in Ted2.
We’ve reached out to Collins through reps but have not heard back.
The New York Police Department today put out a statement that it is conducting a criminal investigation. “There is a formal complaint on file and the incident is being investigated by the Manhattan Special Victims Squad,” NYPD said in a statement, after the audio surfaced on TMZ in which Collins purportedly confessed to exposing himself to three underage girls. The statement was made during a 2012 couples therapy session attended by Collins and his estranged wife, who made the recording, TMZ has claimed.
“As a top family-friendly network, we are deeply concerned for the families that are potentially affected by these disturbing allegations surrounding actor Stephen Collins,” UP TV president and CEO Charley Humbard said in a statement. “7th Heaven has been a beloved family show and a fan-favorite on our network. We have made the decision to remove the series from our schedule effective at 5 PM ET today. We will continue to monitor the situation and listen carefully to our viewers. Replacing 7th Heaven tonight will be Supernanny, a series dedicated to bringing families together.” Charles Humbard, the son of televangelist Rex Humbard. UP TV, owned by the private investment firm InterMedia Partners, markets itself as “uplifting viewers” with original and acquired movies, reality and dramatic series, comedies and music specials. UP, based in Atlanta, can be seen in 67 million homes on cable systems and satellite providers across the United States in both standard and high definition.