Chris Savino, creator of Nickelodeon’s hit animated series The Loud House, has been suspended from the show amid allegations of sexual harassment. When reached for comment Nick’s parent company Viacom would not confirm the news, first reported by Cartoon Brew, but it did have a statement.
“Viacom is committed to the safety and well-being of our employees, and to fostering a workplace free from harassment,: the company said. “As a matter of policy, we do not comment on specific employee matters, but we take all allegations of this nature very seriously, investigate them thoroughly and take any necessary actions as a result.”
According to Cartoon Brew, as many as 12 women came forward to accuse Savino of harassment including unwanted sexual advances and threats of blacklisting after relationships with co-workers had ended. The site said the reports date back at least a decade.
Savino’s credits include Rocko’s Modern Life and The Powerpuff Girls and The Loud House is the first show he created. It follows 11-year-old Lincoln as he gives an inside look at what it takes to survive in the bedlam of a large family, especially as the only boy with 10 sisters. It launched in May 2016 and last October was renewed for a third season.
It’s unclear how Savino’s reported leave of absence will impact the show.
The series is based on an animated short of the same name from Nickelodeon’s annual Animated Shorts Program. It is the first series to be greenlit out of the global program designed to mine and cultivate a new generation of creative talent.