Melissa Benoist has spoken out in greater detail, at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, about Andrew Kreisberg’s firing and how his actions and his firing affected Supergirl. Showrunner Andrew Kreisberg was fired back in November for allegations of sexual harassment on the sets of the DC The CW shows (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow).
15 women and 4 men accused Kreisberg of sexually inappropriate behaviour, which, according to some of the accusers, made for a “toxic work environment.” Kreisberg denied the allegations, but was suspended immediately. An investigation then took place and Warner Bros announced that he had officially been fired.
Benoist spoke directly about this after her panel for the Paramount project Waco:
“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 went on to talk about how the industry can do better as a whole:
“I think it’s a matter of empathy, and it’s a matter of listening to each other and maybe as standing in each other’s shoes for a day across genders, and across sexualities, across any platforms. I just think it’s a matter of listening to each other. It’s hard to talk about something when you’re still so in the thick of it, when you’re still so engulfed by sorting out the confusion, but I have a lot of hope. I think that people are better than the way things have been.”
When the news first broke, back in November, this is how Melissa first spoke out about what happened:
— Melissa Benoist (@MelissaBenoist) 13 November 2017
Kreisberg’s firing was one of the key stepping stones towards bringing down more abusive men in power like this, in the entertainment industry. Combined with other big profile firings, like Harvey Weinstein, it’s heightened awareness and changed things for the better. #TimesUp is now underway, to promote legal representation and safe working environments for all.
Supergirl returns tonight in the US, following the holiday hiatus. It’ll only be back for a few weeks, then it goes on break again, due to The CW’s unusual new scheduling pattern for the show.
Image credits: The CW, DC, Melissa Benoist