The creator and executive producer of the CBS drama All Rise once promised his show would combat racism in the justice system. Now, he’s been fired for ignoring cries of racism in the workplace.
“Warner Bros. Television has relieved ‘All Rise’ executive producer Greg Spottiswood of his duties, effective immediately,” the studio said in a statement to Deadline.
Spottiswood allegedly ignored complaints about racial insensitivity, with most of those complaints reportedly being filed from the show’s writers room.
Writers had become critical of Spotiswood for what they deemed to be stereotypical dialogue and plots centered on lead character Judge Lola Carmichael, played by Simone Missick, and other minority characters.
“We had to do so much behind the scenes to keep these scripts from being racist and offensive,” writer Shernold Edwards told The New York Times.
Warner Bros. added in its statement that everyone else associated with the show will keep their jobs.
“We remain committed, at all times, to providing a safe and inclusive working environment on our productions and for all employees,” the statement read.