Hartley Sawyer’s Racist and Misogynistic Tweets Include Some Made During His Time on ‘The Young and the Restless’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Hartley Sawyer in 2019

Though now-fired The Flash star Hartley Sawyer has issued an apology for his offensive tweets, he’s nonetheless garnering backlash on social media. The actor starred in The Young and the Restless earlier than The Flash, and a number of other of the controversial tweets had been made whereas he was on the cleaning soap opera.

Hartley Sawyer in 2019
Hartley Sawyer in 2019 | Santiago Felipe/Getty Images

The actor was fired from ‘The Flash’ as a result of tweets

The tweets, which seemingly first resurfaced on social media late final month, included racist statements, crude and violent statements about ladies, inappropriate jokes about youngster molestation and extra.

After the tweets resurfaced, Sawyer took to social media to situation and apology. He mentioned partly, “I’m not here to make excuses. Regardless of the intention, my words matter and they carry profound consequences. And mine can and have caused pain and embarrassment, along with feelings I can only imagine, to supporters and fans, my cast mates, the crew, my colleagues and friends. I owe them all an apology. And I owe each of you an apology. Thank you for holding me accountable.”

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My phrases, irrelevant of being meant with an intent of humor, had been hurtful, and unacceptable. I’m ashamed I used to be able to these actually horrible makes an attempt to get consideration at the moment. I remorse them deeply. This was not acceptable habits. These had been phrases I threw out on the time with no thought or recognition of the hurt my phrases might do, and now have completed today. I’m extremely sorry, ashamed and dissatisfied in myself for my ignorance again then. I need to be very clear: this isn’t reflective of what I believe or who I’m now. Years in the past, because of buddies and experiences who helped me to open my eyes, I started my journey into changing into a extra accountable grownup – by way of what I say, what I do, and past. I’ve largely stored that journey personal, and that is one other manner that I’ve let so many down. I nonetheless have extra work to do. But how I outline myself now doesn’t take away the affect of my phrases, or my duty for them. I’m very sorry.

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The manufacturing corporations behind The Flash, Warner Bros. Television and Berlanti Productions, launched a joint assertion with showrunner Eric Wallace. The assertion condemned the actor’s remarks and revealed that he wouldn’t be returning for the subsequent season.

“Hartley Sawyer won’t be returning for season seven of The Flash,” reads the assertion. “In regards to Mr. Sawyer’s posts on social media, we do not tolerate derogatory remarks that target any race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, or sexual orientation. Such remarks are antithetical to our values and policies, which strive and evolve to promote a safe, inclusive and productive environment for our workforce.”

He performed Kyle Abbott on ‘The Young and the Restless’ for nearly a 12 months

From 2013-2014, for the span of eight months, Sawyer portrayed the position of Kyle Abbott on The Young and the Restless. Several of Sawyer’s offensive tweets are dated throughout these years, which means that they had been composed and tweeted whereas he was on the present.

As a member of the cleaning soap’s Abbot household, the Kyle is a legacy character because the second youngster of longtime character of Jack Abbott. Kyle is the son of Jack and Diane Jenkins. Sawyer was the second grownup actor to play the position, following Blake Hood, who performed the character from 2012-2013. Lachlan Buchanan took over the position from 2015-2016 and Michael Mealor has performed Kyle since 2018. When Sawyer exited the position, the present didn’t give a motive on the time.

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The choice to all of a sudden and shockingly fireplace Hood and recast the character with Sawyer was not well-received by critics. For Highlight Hollywood, Tommy Lightfoot Garrett wrote, ”  Blake Hood, who was sensational as Kyle Abbot, and really good-looking, discovered his manner out the door, whereas Hartley Sawyer, who with all due respect, isn’t enticing and really very boring within the position.”

After exiting The Young and the Restless, Sawyer went on to guest-star in a number of exhibits earlier than touchdown his breakout position on The Flash.

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