The Royals: Mark Schwahn Fired After Sexual Misconduct Investigation

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Mark Schwahn's tenure on The Royals is over. 

According to Deadline, Lionsgate has decided against having Schwahn return to his showrunner duties on the E! series, and he has been fired. 

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“We have concluded our investigation and Mark will not be returning to The Royals,” reads the statement. “The fourth season of the show has already completed production and will air as scheduled on E! in the spring.”

The news is hardly surprising when you consider how vocal his current and former employees have been ever since TV writer Audrey Wauchope revealed all about what it was like to work on One Tree Hill. 

"Female writers would try to get the spot where the showrunner wouldn't sit as to not be touched. Often men would help out by sitting next to him, thus protecting the women," Wauchope wrote last month.

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"Sometimes we wouldn't luck out, and he'd just squeeze his disgusting body in between us and put his arms around us, grinning. He pet hair. He massaged shoulders. I know he did more but not to me, so they're not my stories to share."

In the aftermath of Wauchope's allegations, the cast and crew of One Tree Hill defended her by signing a joint statement confirming that Audrey's account of what the way Mark acted on set. 

"More than one of us is still in treatment for post-traumatic stress," the actresses said.

"Many of us were put in uncomfortable positions and had to swiftly learn to fight back, sometimes physically, because it was made clear to us that the supervisors in the room were not the protectors they were supposed to be."

While the cast and crew of The Royals have supported the One Tree Hill ladies, Elizabeth Hurley released a statement of her own claiming that she had no idea what had been going on. 

“Yes, he flirts and tells risqué jokes, but so do I,” she wrote. “To hear that there was more than this is a shocking surprise.”

Over to you, TV Fanatics.

What do you think of this crazy turn of events?

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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