X-Men TV show The Gifted may drop Bryan Singer as an producer in season 2, in light of the allegations made against him. FOX only just officially confirmed that The Gifted season 2 is a go, after season 1 earned some of the better ratings among freshman TV series in 2017.
2017 was a difficult year for Hollywood, with a number of sex scandals shaking the industry. Singer himself has a troubled history, with accusations having been raised against him as far back as 1997 and, more recently, in 2014. Rumors about Singer have long persisted, and in early December he was fired from Fox's Bohemian Rhapsody. Although Fox claimed this was due to his "unexpected unavailability," the Internet swirled with rumors that Singer is facing new accusations. Those seemed to be confirmed just days later, when a lawsuit was filed against the producer/director, claiming he had raped a 17-year-old boy back in 2003.
According to Deadline, FOX is considering removing Singer as executive producer of The Gifted in season 2. Singer was heavily involved in the series at the beginning, and even directed the first episode. It seems FOX is considering ditching him for season 2 as a direct result of these allegations. Fox Entertainment president Michael Thorn issued the following statement on the matter:
"As part of his deal for directing the pilot, he is an executive producer on the series. Truthfully, after he shot the pilot, he went and did a movie and had little to no involvement day-to-day in Season 1. But we take all the allegations very seriously, and we’re looking into it for Season 2. Right now we have a lot of time before it premieres, and we continue to have discussions about it."
It's clear that Fox Entertainment is trying to distance itself from Singer, with Thorn implying that the role of "executive producer" was more honorary than anything else. Back in June, Jessica Chastain took a similar approach when discussing X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Conscious of rumors about Singer, she stressed that she didn't even know he was involved with the film when she signed up, and that she "had no dealings with him and he wasn't on set."
The situation with Singer is indicative of the current climate in Hollywood, following the Harvey Weinstein scandal this past fall. Studios and networks are no longer willing to give powerful men the benefit of the doubt. Thorn doesn't even try to pretend otherwise, clearly linking Singer's future to the allegations raised against him. The network is determined to take the matter seriously, even if that means switching things up and parting ways with Singer.
Singer is also credited as an executive producer on the other current X-Men TV series, Legion. The second season is expected to air later this year, so it's too late to remove Singer from that project. It's reasonable to assume that the decision over The Gifted will set a precedent for Legion season 3, though.
The Gifted season 1 concludes with “eXtraction” and “X-roads” on Monday, January 15. Season 2 does not have a premiere date yet.