‘Fuller House’ creator Jeff Franklin accuses new showrunner of ‘plotting’ to get him fired in lawsuit

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, Jeff Franklin, the creator and former showrunner of Netflix’s “Fuller House,” accused one of his replacements of fabricating or twisting events in order to get him fired.

“Despite hiring and supporting defendant Bryan Behar, a writer and co-executive producer on Fuller House, Behar was resentful of Franklin’s success,” reads the lawsuit, filed by Franklin’s attorneys Russ, August and Kabat.

“Motivated by a secret hatred of Franklin and hoping to take his place someday as showrunner, Behar concocted a plan to compile unflattering and distasteful information about Franklin that was either fabricated or twisted versions of events and presented it first to the media and then to Warner Brothers in an effort to get Franklin thrown off Fuller House,” it continues.

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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)
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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)
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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, who also created predecessor series “Full House,” was fired as showrunner of “Fuller House” in Feb. 2018, in response to complaints of unprofessional or verbally abusive behavior, and inappropriate sexual comments in the show’s writers room. Franklin said in a statement at the time that he was “heartbroken” to be leaving the show.” Behar was announced as co-showrunner alongside Steve Baldikoski 12 days later.

In the lawsuit, Franklin accuses Behar of “plotting a scheme” against him and “secretly keeping a self- described ‘little black book’ in which he would regularly write down anything Franklin said or did that could possibly be twisted into something negative and unprofessional to use against Franklin.”

Franklin also said Behar “secretly photographed” him and unnamed female friends and colleagues, and took pictures of Franklin’s workplace computer screen, which Franklin said was later used “to paint Franklin in a negative light.”

Behar, Franklin says in the lawsuit, also “took real encounters with Franklin and distorted them to create false narratives that painted Franklin as sexist and unprofessional.”

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Franklin said also that Behar exhibited unprofessional behavior, which included being “habitually” late to work.

Franklin is suing Behar and other unnamed individuals identified only as “DOES 1-50,” for intentional interference with prospective economic advantage. He is requesting a jury trial, and seeks unspecified punitive and compensatory damages, an award covering his legal fees, and any further damages the court may deem appropriate.

Warner Bros. Television declined to comment. Representatives for Behar, Baldikoski, and Netflix did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap.

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