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Ex-Y&R’s Hartley Sawyer Fired From CW’s ‘The Flash’ Over Racist, Misogynistic Tweets That Surfaced

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Many saw this coming!  The once Kyle Abbott of The Young and the Restless, Hartley Sawyer (he played the role from 2013-2014), has been given the heave-ho by CW’s The Flash, the series he has been appearing on since 2017 as Ralph Dibny.

Tweets over the past week that surfaced from Sawyer’s past were racist and misogynistic in tone, but all from before he joined The CW series.  The contents within them contained references to sexual assault and contained racist and homophobic language.

Sawyer’s Twitter account has since been deleted, but screenshots of the old posts have circulated online in the past two weeks.   The actor’s dismissal firing  comes in the wake of George Floyd’s May 25 death in Minneapolis that sparked global protests.

In a joint statement from The CW, producers at Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti Productions and executive producer, Eric Wallace, they expressed: “Hartley Sawyer will not be returning for the season seven of The Flash. In regards to Mr. Sawyer’s posts on social media, we do not tolerate derogatory remarks that target any race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, or sexual orientation. Such remarks are antithetical to our values and polices, which strive and evolve to promote a safe, inclusive and productive environment for our workforce.”

Sawyer took to his Instagram, saying in part, “My words, irrelevant of being meant with an intent of humor, were hurtful, and unacceptable. I am ashamed I was capable of these really horrible attempts to get attention at that time. I regret them deeply.  This was not acceptable behavior. These were words I threw out at the time with no thought or recognition of the harm my words could do, and now have done today.  I am incredibly sorry, ashamed and disappointed in myself for my ignorance back then. I want to be very clear: this is not reflective of what I think or who I am now.  Years ago, thanks to friends and experiences who helped me to open my eyes, I began my journey into becoming a more responsible adult – in terms of what I say, what I do, and beyond. I’ve largely kept that journey private, and this is another way that I have let so many down. I still have more work to do.   But how I define myself now does not take away the impact of my words, or my responsibility for them. I am very sorry.”

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news of Sawyer’s dismissal.

So what do you think of Sawyer’s abhorrent tweets? His firing from the CW? Comment below.

 

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No one should lose a job over that! I hope he finds employment very soon.

anne
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No one told Hartley Sawyer that tweets never disappear. Look at all the people who are being called out by BLM and others for comments made on Twitter, Instagram and/or FaceBook years ago.

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If we review the sins of anyone’s past, we would all be fired from our jobs. What happened to forgiveness? And who are we to judge?

That Guy
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Yeah he does need to lose your job. If he made some comment about Trump, you’d be all over it. Hypoctrite.

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Sometimes i think social media is just not worth it..and on youtube i reported someon fior saying kill the police and other horrible stuff…

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I didn’t like him on Y&R. I do agree his tweets were not appropriate. Strange sense of humor. I don’t know why someone would tweet that. I guess Y&R didn’t find out about these tweets and neither did Flash until now.

Maybe they should give people some training. I do think people can change and hopefully he can.

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May god have mercy on his pathetic soul as everybody who just keeps on with this pathetic shit!! Do you want us to turn communist just how do you morons think that will work for you! You bloody scream about gay rights black rights Etc ! Let’s see how well it turns out for you if we become a communist country ! You want to take a knee try praying because we are at the point of no return!

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Your country is very close to turning fascist at the moment. It’s been sliding that way since November 1980, and definitely accelerating since the Supreme Court threw out an actual election on December 12, 2000. The Orange Imbecile currently occupying the White House only turned it up (insert “frog in a pot of water” reference here) to just below the boiling point, and given his sickening encouragement of police violence towards the people – not to mention threatening to use the fucking MILITARY against the people, the temperature of that water is about 210.5 degrees Fahrenheit right about now. And… Read more »

That Guy
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Shut up. Sit down and shut it with your racist crap.

jaybird369
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I never liked that Hartley Sawyer dude as Kyle on Y&R…and I now like him even less. Moron.

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The rumors have proven to be true! You can watch what happens for more on this exciting return on tonight’s Entertainment Tonight segment (see below).  However, all-time supervillain Sheila Carter, played by soap fan favorite, Kimberlin Brown is baaacck and on The Bold and the Beautiful.

As viewers recently learned, Finn (Tanner Novlan) was adopted and Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) and she vowed to love him no matter who his bio parents were! But how will she feel when she finds out that his mother is actually Sheila Carter who has wreaked havoc on the lives of the Forrester family and everyone else in Los Angeles?

Soap Opera Digest spoke with Kimberlin on her exciting return where she shared: “When I found out that Finn was Sheila’s son, I was excited — I mean, terribly excited.”  Brown added on this next return to B&B, “Get ready, because the best is yet to come!’

Steffy and Finn’s nuptials are set for this Thursday August 5th and this Friday August 6th, where plenty of drama will play out.  How will Finn deal with finding out who is biological mother really is? Is there still a big twist on this yet to come?  Stay tuned!

So, excited to know that Sheila is back on the canvas as The Bold and the Beautiful and Kimberlin will be back on our-screens? Comment below.

But first check out ET’s exclusive at the wedding nuptials of Steffy and Finn and the return of Sheila and then our joint interview with Brown and Tracey E. Bregman of Y&R last year on The Michael Fairman Channel for more on Sheila’s notorious history!

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UPDATED:  Just heartbreaking news over the weekend.  Former Port Charles star and soap veteran, Jay Pickett died suddenly while filming a movie.  His cause of death was not immediately known, although in a post on Sunday from Travis Mills it appears to have been from a heart attack. Pickett was 60-years-old.  On Sunday, former co-stars have shared their remembrances while mourning Jay including Michael Easton, Kelly Monaco, Michael Dietz, Marie Wilson, Kin Shriner and more.

In addition to his most remembered role on daytime as Frank Scanlon on the GH spinoff, Port Charles, where he appeared in over 762 episodes, Pickett also appeared on GH replacing Ted King as Lorenzo Alcazar and came back to the show in 2006-07 in the recurring role of Detective David Harper.  Jay also spent time on Days of our Lives as Dr. Chip Lakin and appeared on primetime’s Desperate Housewives and Queen Sugar countless other TV series and films.

Word of Pickett’s death first came via Facebook from Jim Heffel who is the film’s co-producer, who shared along with these images (see below): “Yesterday I lost a good friend and the world lost a great person. Jay Pickett decided to ride off into the Heavens. Jay died sitting on a horse ready to rope a steer in the movie Treasure Valley in Idaho. The way of a true cowboy. Jay wrote the story and starred in it. He was also coproducer with myself and Vernon Walker. He will be truly missed. Ride like the wind partner.”

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Michael Dietz, who played Pickett’s on-screen brother, Joe Scanlon on Port Charles shared his grief on the news on Facebook, expressing: “My greatest friend has sadly left this world. We met when we were cast as brothers on Port Charles many, many years ago. He played my big brother on TV but that carried over into real life and an amazing friendship that was one of a kind. He was an incredible husband, father, friend, and godfather to my daughter. Everyone that knew him loved him. I love you, Jay. Keep smiling my friend. All my love to his family, who truly became our family as well. You will be forever missed.”

Kin Shriner (Scott, GH) and Jay’s former co-star at Port Charles shared: “The sudden passing of my pal Jay Pickett Is very sad . He loved acting and Westerns , and when we got together we laughed a lot . R.I.P. Jay”

Kelly Monaco (Ex-Livvie, PC and now Sam, GH) shared on her Instagram:  “My heart goes out to the family and friends of Jay Pickett. If you knew him, you loved him. Words can’t describe…”

Michael Easton (Ex-Caleb/Michael PC, and now Finn on GH) expressed: “Mourning the loss of our friend and colleague. I first met Jay in Margie Haber’s acting class in the late 80’s and was fortunate to get to work with him many times over the next thirty years. He was a wonderful actor but an even better person. My deepest condolences to his wife and his children, his friends and all of his fans. Rest in peace, Brother.”

Marie Wilson (Ex-Karen, Port Charles) shared: “This is one of the most difficult posts I’ve done. My heart is broken to hear that this incredible person has passed. Words cannot described how much you touched my life….your friendship, advice, and support made me feel so grateful and lucky. My first day on the set was with us having a water fight ….and the fun adventures continued from there. So happy to have shared all those moments with you. I will miss you my friend!”

Travis Mills from the film Treasure Valley, in which Pickett was filming at the time of his death, shared on Sunday morning this updated message on Facebook: “Many of you have already heard about the tragedy that happened two days ago. Jay Pickett, our leading man, writer, producer, and creator of this movie passed away suddenly while we were on location preparing to film a scene. There is no official explanation for the cause of his death but it appears to have been a heart attack. Everyone present tried as hard as they could to keep him alive. Our hearts are broken and we grieve for his family who are so devastated by this shocking tragedy.  As so many of us know, Jay was an incredible man. He was kind, sweet, and generous. He was one of the best actors I ever worked with and it was an honor to collaborate with him. Everyone who met him, even for the briefest moment, could feel his warmth, his wonderful spirit. It is difficult to find the words right now to say more. His closest friends have said that he was very happy making Treasure Valley and my hope is that he truly was. He was doing what he loved: acting, riding horses, making movies. And he was magnificent.”

Jay is survived by his wife, Elena, and their three children, Maegan, Michaela and Tyler.

We will have more on this continuing story as remembrances for Pickett are shared, and updated on news of his passing.

Share your condolences and thoughts on Jay via the comment section below.

 

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According to the announcement on the series Monday morning; here is what fans can look for in the limited series: Over a long weekend, John & Marlena travel to Zurich, Ben & Ciara have a romantic getaway in New Orleans, Chad visits some old friends in Phoenix, and Abe, Paulina, Lani, and Eli vacation in Miami.  All find themselves embroiled in a mystery involving stolen jewels which, in the wrong hands, could cause dire consequences for Salem.  It’s a race against time for ISA agent Billie Reed as she crosses the globe in search of this missing treasure. Packed with all of the romance, action, drama, and surprises that only Days of our Lives can deliver, fans will spend a week with their favorite Salem supercouples and reconnect with many familiar faces along the way.

Look for additional characters than those listed above to also make appearances as well in the hunt for the stolen jewels.

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So, what do you think about the upcoming series on Peacock featuring Days of our Lives? Comment below.

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