It’s been revealed that The CW has fired Hartley Sawyer who plays Ralph Dibny in The Flash and he won’t be returning for Season 7.
This news did come as a bit of a shock to me, but it looks like Sawyer’s time as Ralph, a.k.a. Elongated Man, in The CW TV show is over.
He’s been on the show for the last three seasons and has become an integral part of Team Flash.
Ralph Dibny started off as being a bit of an annoying character.
But, we’ve kind of grown to love him in the last few seasons.
It was revealed that Sawyer was fired for posting some racist and misogynistic tweets between 2012 and 2014.
Sawyer has since issued a statement via his Instagram account in which he apologises for his actions.
Hartley Sawyer has been fired from The Flash Season 7
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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 tweets in question were posted between 2012 and 2014.
In one of them, the actor wrote: “The only thing keeping me from doing mildly racist tweets is the knowledge that Al Sharpton would never stop complaining about me.”
In another tweet from 2012, Sawyer wrote: “as a lad, one of my favorite activities was kidnapping homeless women and cutting off their breasts.”
They’re kind of all in that vein and not very funny at all.
The CW wasted no time in firing Sawyer when these tweets were unearthed.
It means that Ralph Dibny will probably be written out of the show.
What do you make of this news?
Are you shocked to hear that Hartley Sawyer has been fired from The Flash and won’t be returning for Season 7 as Ralph Dibny?
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