Ex “Loud House” showrunner Chris Savino has apologized amid claims that he sexually harassed multiple female colleagues — and expressed regret that he had failed in cultivating “a culture of respect” at work.
Savino, 46, was fired by Nickelodeon Oct. 19 after a dozen women came forward to accuse him of sexual harassment, which ranged from unwanted sexual advances to threatening messages to women who tried to end consensual relationships.
One woman also told Cartoon Brew that Savino allegedly offered her work in exchange for sexual favors and sent her explicit text messages.
The animator said he never intended to create such an “uncomfortable environment,” and that he had failed in his attempts to create a positive workspace.
“I am deeply sorry and I am ashamed,” he wrote in a public statement on his Facebook page Monday. “Although it was never my intention, I now understand that the impact of my actions and communications created an uncomfortable environment.”
“At every stage of my career, I have sought to uplift my colleagues and cultivate a culture of respect,” he continued. “In this objective, I have failed. I should have known better, I should have acted better, and this has been a difficult, but valuable lesson.”
Savino also praised the “bravery” of the women who spoke out against him.
That list of a dozen women includes “BoJack Horseman” director Annie Walker Ferrell, who used the #MeToo hashtag campaign to accuse Savino of sexually harassing her when she was just 20 years old.
“Take him down, @Nickelodeon,” she wrote on Twitter. “Grandma’s been waiting for this day for a long damn time. #metoo.”
Savino’s show on the kid-friendly network premiered in May 2016, and Season 3 is expected to kick off early next year. The animated series follows a boy growing up with 10 sisters.
His downfall comes in the wake of more than 40 sexual assault and rape claims against disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein, who was fired from his production company and kicked out of the Academy.
Since the Weinstein scandal broke, multiple other industry figures — including Amazon Studios head Roy Price and filmmaker James Toback — have also been accused of sexual harassment and assault.