“The Ranch” and former “The ‘70s Show” star had been accused by four women of sexual assault dating back to the early 2000s. After a period of time investigating, Netflix fired Masterson from “The Ranch,” a comedy in which he co-starred with his “That ‘70s Show” alum Ashton Kutcher.
On Dec. 5, Netflix released the following statement: “As a result of ongoing discussions, Netflix and the producers have written Danny Masterson out of ‘The Ranch,’ Yesterday was his last day on the show, and production will resume in early 2018 without him.”
Masterson released his own statement in response to his termination: “I am obviously very disappointed in Netflix’s decision to write my character off of ‘The Ranch.’ From day one, I have denied the outrageous allegations against me. Law enforcement investigated these claims more than 15 years ago and determined them to be without merit. I have never been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one. In this country, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. However, in the current climate, it seems as if you are presumed guilty the moment you are accused. I understand and look forward to clearing my name once and for all. In the meantime, I want to express my gratitude to the cast and crew that I’ve worked so closely with over the past three seasons. I wish them nothing but success. I am also so thankful to the fans that have supported me and continue to do so.”
“The Ranch” follows brothers Rooster (Masterson) and Colt (Kutcher) Bennett, who work on their family’s Iron River Ranch in Colorado with their Vietnam War vet father Beau (Sam Elliott), who is divorced from their mother Maggie (Debra Winger), a bar owner.
The comedy usually splits its seasons into two 10-episode parts. As of this time, Netflix is slated to release the second half of Season 2 on Dec. 15 with Masterson’s part intact. He won’t appear in Season 3.