‘The Wonder Years’ Was Allegedly Cancelled Because Of A Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

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Against stars Fred Savage and Jason Hervey

The Wonder Years actress Alley Mills, who played the mom of Fred Savage's character Kevin Arnold, told Yahoo that the '90s TV show was ultimately cancelled because of a sexual harassment lawsuit against Savage and his co-star Jason Hervey. A former costume designer for the show, Monique Long, alleges the two actors "verbally and physically harassed her daily."

"I probably shouldn't be telling this, but I don't care because it's been so long and it's gotta be over now," Mills said. “When we shot the series finale … nobody knew whether or not The Wonder Years was going to be renewed. And that’s because of a completely ridiculous sexual harassment suit that was going on against Fred Savage—who is, like, the least offensive, most wonderful, sweet human being that ever walked the face of the Earth.”

Mills went on to say she thought the lawsuit against TV brothers Savage, who was 16 at the time, and Hervey, who was 20, was "just a big joke." She said the allegedly false accusations can be the side effect of movements like #MeToo. "Some innocent people can get caught up in this stuff. It's very tricky." 

In 1993, when Long filed the lawsuit, Mills said she wasn't allowed to talk about it. "We had a gag order on us," she said. "I wanted to scream on television, 'This is ridiculous!' [Savage] and his family are like the greatest human beings that ever lived." 

Mills said the network eventually "paid off" Long, who claims she was fired from the show after voicing her complaints about the harassment. Long claims Savage "constantly held her hand, asked her to have an affair and made sexual remarks." She also alleges he and Hervey made "sexual and lewd" comments to other female employees on the show.

“That was incorrigible that the network did that; they should never have paid her off," Mills continued. "They wanted to avoid a scandal or something, but it made them look guilty. You know, you don’t pay someone off when there was no crime, you just fire the girl.”

She added that the show would have continued into a seventh season, possibly more, had it not been for Long's allegations. 

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He announced the news today

On Monday, Bernie Sanders announced that he is running for president again, after he lost the primary in 2016 to Hillary Clinton. And although he was very popular during the 2016 election, his announcement is drawing mixed reactions online.

Many of his previous supporters, including celebrities like Mark Ruffalo, were excited about him joining the 2020 race, voicing their support of his announcement.

But others seem to want him to disappear, even pretending not to know who he is. And these reactions have turned out, in some cases, to be hilarious.

The lack of excitement for his announcement may be because of the recent allegations of sexual assault which apparently occurred within his 2016 campaign, and which he claims he didn't know about. It could also be due to his base, who supported him even after he lost the primary to the detriment of Clinton's campaign.

Some are also calling out the fact that Clinton has been effectively shunned following her loss, while Sanders seems to be being welcomed back with open arms.



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The pieces will take your athleisure look to the next level

American Apparel just dropped its first activewear line since the brand's relaunch last year, and I can already tell that these looks are going to make up my entire summer wardrobe.

The new line, called FORWARD, offers a variety of styles in lightweight fabrics like flyweight satin, which is an imitation of boxing gear; lame tricot; and cotton Spandex. All of the fabrics feature a four-way stretch, making the clothes "suitable for training but also designed for life outside the gym."

With the collection, American Apparel also launched an inclusive campaign called How We Play, which shows a diverse range of models, including blind Paralympic runner David Brown and curvy yoga instructor Luisa Fonseca.

The collection's styles offer a wide range of looks which will fit with just about any aesthetic, whether you're going hard at the gym or looking for a casual off-day outfit. Personally, I'm excited about the iridescent looks and the rainbow patterned bra and bottoms, which I will definitely be rocking at Pride this year.

The entire line is also super-affordable, capping out at $48, with most products priced in the $20-to-$30 range. You can shop FORWARD collection online, now.