Jeff Franklin is out as showrunner of Netflix’s “Fuller House” and Warner Bros. TV has declined to renew its overall deal with the TV veteran.
According to multiple sources, the studio’s decision comes after it has received complaints about Franklin’s behavior in the writers’ room and on the set of the series, which is a sequel to the family-friendly “TGIF” sitcom “Full House” that was a staple of ABC’s schedule in the 1980s and ’90s.
“We are not renewing Jeff Franklin’s production deal and he will no longer be working on ‘Fuller House,'” Warner Bros. TV said in a statement. Stanton Larry Stein, a lawyer for Franklin, declined to comment for this story.
Jeff Franklin, creator of 'Full House'
Jeff Franklin, creator of 'Full House'
I’m heartbroken to be leaving Fuller House. Creating and running Full House and Fuller House has been the greatest joy. I wish the cast, my second family for over 30 years, continued success. I’m so proud of all we accomplished together, and beyond grateful to our loyal fans. Adios Tanneritos!
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 14: (L-R) Actress Jodie Sweetin, executive producer Jeff Franklin and actresses Candace Cameron-Bure and Andrea Barber attend The Paley Center for Media's 11th Annual PaleyFest fall TV previews Los Angeles for Netflix's 'Fuller House' at The Paley Center for Media on September 14, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: (L-R) Candace Cameron, Bob Saget and Jeff Franklin (a 'Full House' reunion) pose backstage at the hit play 'Hand to God' on Broadway at The Booth Theater on November 22, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 16: (L-R) Writer/producer Jeff Franklin and actors Bob Saget, John Stamos, and Dave Coulier attend the premiere of Netflix's 'Fuller House' at Pacific Theatres at The Grove on February 16, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 16: Jeff Franklin attends the premiere of Netflix's 'Fuller House' on February 16, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 14: Executive producer Jeff Franklin attends The Paley Center for Media's 11th Annual PaleyFest fall TV previews Los Angeles for Netflix's 'Fuller House' at The Paley Center for Media on September 14, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 25: Creator Jeff Franklyn attends the AOL Build Speakers Series to discuss 'Fuller House' at AOL Studios In New York on February 25, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: (Back L-R) Actress Jodie Sweetin, producer Jeff Franklin, actors Candace Cameron Bure, John Brotherton, Dave Coulier, Scott Weinger, Lori Loughlin, Andrea Barber and (front L-R) actors Juan Pablo Di Pace, Bob Saget and John Stamos, winners of the Favorite Premium Comedy Series Award, 'Fuller House' pose in the press room during the People's Choice Awards 2017 at Microsoft Theater on January 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 25: Jeff Franklin, Andrea Barber, Candace Cameron Bure and Jodie Sweetin attend AOL Build Speakers Series to discuss 'Fuller House' at AOL Studios in New York on February 25, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
PASADENA, CA - JULY 21: Full House creator Jeff Franklin (L) and comedian Dave Coulier pose after Dave's performance at The Ice House Comedy Club on July 21, 2013 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Michael Schwartz/WireImage)
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Franklin has been accused of being verbally abusive to staffers and making inappropriate statements in the writers’ room, including making sexually charged comments about his personal relationships and sex life. Franklin has not been accused of directly sexually harassing or engaging in physical misconduct with any staffers.
According to a source, “Fuller House” staffers also complained about Franklin’s habit of bringing women he dated to the set and sometimes giving them bit parts in the series.
According to a source, Warner Bros. TV executives received an anonymous letter more than two years ago with detailed allegations about Franklin’s behavior with “Fuller House” writers and other staffers. Studio executives were warned that Franklin “was a walking lawsuit waiting to happen.” It’s not clear if Warner Bros. investigated the situation at that time. More recently, it’s understood that the studio did initiate a probe after receiving numerous complaints about Franklin’s behavior.
“Fuller House” was renewed in January for a fourth season.