Supergirl star Melissa Benoist has opened up about the firing of Andrew Kreisberg and discussed how the show's cast and crew are regrouping on their own. Arrowverse co-creator and showrunner Kreisberg was fired last year, not long after multiple accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct were brought up against him by people who had either worked or were working on The CW's shared DC TV universe.
The CW President Mark Pedowitz has since assured fans that no Supergirl storylines have been changed in the wake of the allegations and subsequent exec shake-up. When the allegations first came to light, Benoist posted a statement on Twitter airing her disappointment and heartbreak over such a scandal taking place on the set of a series that features such a well-developed female protagonist. She continued with a promise to rededicate Supergirl to women's rights and safe work environments, joining other Arrowverse actors in speaking out against sexual harassment in the wake of the revelations about Kreisberg.
Speaking at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour, per EW, Benoist again expressed her disappointment and the irony of a female-led superhero series being developed by an accused sexual harasser. She went on to praise the cast and crew of Supergirl, saying she was proud of the new atmosphere on set and of the way they had all come together to move forward. She was quick to give credit to the men of the show, saying that there were many male employees and execs who are "amazing" while praising the women in "powerful positions" behind-the-scenes. You can read the full quote below:
“That was a major disappointment, and the irony was not lost on me. I have to say that the way our show has recovered as a cast and a crew together, we have an atmosphere on set now that I’m extremely proud of and there are a lot of amazing men that work on our show, and we have a lot of amazing women that are in powerful positions on our show as well — now one of our co-showrunners is a female, [Jessica Queller], and the executive producer Sarah Schechter. We’re all in the fight for equality and for a safer atmosphere in the working space.”
Benoist also expressed optimism for the industry's future as a whole. She said she believes the key to improving the industry's atmosphere is empathy and listening to each other while admitting how difficult it is to continue to pick up the pieces. In the end, she believes things have already begun to change for the better.
Kreisberg was accused of sexual harassment and inappropriate physical contact by a total of 19 sources, 15 women and four men. The accusations alleged Kreisberg would frequently ask staffers for massages, would kiss people without permission, and that his behavior became worse after he was promoted within the company. Warner Bros. has been investigating the "deeply unsettling" allegations and has publicly promised a zero-tolerance policy for harassment.
Supergirl season 3 continues with 'Legion of Super-Heroes' on The CW tonight.