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Stephen Amell Expresses Support For Arrowverse Cast After Andrew Kreisberg Suspension

November 14, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Arrow star Stephen Amell spoke out following the suspension of Arrowverse executive producer Andrew Kreisberg amid sexual harassment allegations. Amell, who plays Oliver Queen on Arrow, posted a Facebook Live video pledging his cooperation with the ongoing investigation and expressing support for the cast and crew who have spoken out, which includes Melissa Benoist, Chyler Leigh and Emily Bett Rickards.

Amell said, “I have no interest in speaking about an ongoing investigation — but if you don’t know what I’m talking about, I’m sure that you can figure it out — other than to say WB is conducting an investigation into what is being alleged against one of the producers on our show, and if they need my help in any way, shape or form, they will get it…I thought it was appropriate before I spoke to you, or before I spoke publicly, to speak with our cast and our crew, which I got the chance to do this morning. I certainly can’t pontificate in an eloquent or such a succinct manner like Emily did, like Melissa did, like Caity Lotz did. I stand behind and fully support everything that they said.”

Amell expressed his support for the crew, saying they are “our biggest asset…Their biggest strength and our biggest strength is working on it as a team. I think we can do this because we promote and champion a safe and progressive work environment. I told them this morning, and I tell you now — and I meant it — that if anyone ever feels anything less than 100 percent safe, or anyone feels as though they aren’t allowed to express themselves and be the person that they are, that they should come to whomever they’re supposed to go to, and I’ll stand right beside them, right behind them. I’ll speak on their behalf, if need be.”

He added that, “in situations like this, if you’re not active part of the solution, then you are a part of the problem. Period. That’s it. We do our best to have the best possible work environment. We will continue to do so. Again, I echo the statements made by my friend and coworker Emily Bett Rickards, Caity Lotz, Melissa Benoist and the chorus of others that have come forward and called for a safe, progressive, equal working environment.”