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That 70s Show star dropped from Netflix over allegations

The cast of That 70s Show clockwise, Topher Grace as Eric Forman (far L) Wilmer Valderama as Fez, Mila Kunis as Jackie Burkhart, Ashton Kutcher as Michael Kelso, Laura Prepon as Donna Pinciotti, Danny Masterson as Steve Hyde. Picture: Supplied
The cast of That 70s Show clockwise, Topher Grace as Eric Forman (far L) Wilmer Valderama as Fez, Mila Kunis as Jackie Burkhart, Ashton Kutcher as Michael Kelso, Laura Prepon as Donna Pinciotti, Danny Masterson as Steve Hyde. Picture: Supplied

DANNY Masterson has left production of Netflix comedy The Ranch.

"As a result of ongoing discussions, Netflix and the producers have written Danny Masterson out of The Ranch," a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement, according to the New York Post. "Yesterday was his last day on the show, and production will resume in early 2018 without him."

The Ranch stars Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson. Picture: Supplied
The Ranch stars Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson. Picture: Supplied

Masterson's departure comes amid mounting pressure over claims by four women who have accused the actor of rape.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney and Los Angeles Police Department are currently investigating allegations against Masterson.

Danny Masterson, centre back, was in That 70s Show.  Picture:  Supplied
Danny Masterson, centre back, was in That 70s Show. Picture: Supplied

Part four of The Ranch is set to premiere on Netflix as scheduled on December 15, with additional episodes slated to premiere some time in 2018.

Netflix has traditionally divided the series into 10-episode batches, each of which is part of a longer season.

Danny Masterson and his wife Bijou Phillips are Scientologist.  Picture:  Splash
Danny Masterson and his wife Bijou Phillips are Scientologist. Picture: Splash

It is unknown how many episodes will debut this month and how many will be held until next year.

Masterson is not expected to appear in any episodes released after December 15. Also unresolved is the fate of Masterson's executive producer credit on the series.

The Huffington Post reported on Monday that a Netflix executive, Andy Yeatman, told a woman who claims that Masterson raped her that the company does not believe any of Masterson's accusers.

According to the report, Mr Yeatman was unaware at the time that the woman he was speaking to was herself one of Masterson's accusers.

Danny Masterson, Sam Elliott and Ashton Kutcher at a special screening of Netflix original series The Ranch.  Picture:  Supplied
Danny Masterson, Sam Elliott and Ashton Kutcher at a special screening of Netflix original series The Ranch. Picture: Supplied

The Ranch was Netflix's first multi-camera comedy - an area in which it has since expanded with additional series such as Fuller House, One Day at a Time, and Disjointed.

The series stars Masterson and fellow That '70s Show alum Ashton Kutcher as well as Debra Winger and Sam Elliott.

Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright in House of Cards.  Picture:  Nathaniel Bell
Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright in House of Cards. Picture: Nathaniel Bell

The decision to part ways with Masterson comes one day after Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos confirmed that original drama House of Cards would resume production in 2018 on a sixth and final season, this one set to star Robin Wright, but not her onscreen partner Kevin Spacey.

Production of House of Cards season six was halted in October, following sexual-assault allegations against Spacey, who was later suspended from the production.

 

This article originally appeared in the New York Post

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