'The Flash': What Has the Cast Said About Hartley Sawyer Being Fired?

Hartley Sawyer will not be returning to CW's The Flash as Ralph Dibny/Elongated Man in Season 7 after tweets emerged in which the actor used homophobic language and made racist and misogynistic jokes.

In reaction to this, showrunner Eric Wallace released a statement in which he said that Sawyer's words "broke my heart and made me mad as hell. And they're indicative of the larger problem in our country."

This was then reposted by The Flash lead actor Grant Gustin, who became the first star of the series to comment publicly on the firing of Sawyer. On Instagram, the Barry Allen actor said: "A statement from our leader and showrunner, Eric Wallace.

"I don't have much to add because Eric's thoughts are stated so eloquently and powerfully. I will say I was shocked, saddened and angry when I saw the tweets. Words matter."

Though she did not further comment, Caitlin Snow actor Danielle Panabaker also tweeted the statement from Wallace as well as The Hollywood Reporter article announcing Sawyer's firing.

So far, the show's other main cast members like Candice Patton, Carlos Valdes and Tom Cavanagh have not commented on their co-star's firing. However, the former has posted a number of text posts onto her Instagram recently about racism and white privilege in response to the current Black Lives Matter protests and recent murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor.

Last week, for example, the Iris West actor posted a text post beginning: "The problem is that white people see racism as conscious hate, when racism is bigger than that. Racism is a complex system of social and political levers and pulleys set up generations ago to continue working on the behalf of whites at other people's expense, whether whites know/like it or not."

Sawyer himself wrote a lengthy apology which said in part: "My words, irrelevant of being meant with an intent of humor, were hurtful, and unacceptable. I am ashamed I was capable of these really horrible attempts to get attention at the time."

Sawyer's old tweets were resurfaced as part of the former Disney star Skai Jackson's campaign of exposing Twitter users' racist posts. Though the actor deleted the tweet about Sawyer, she has recently tweeted about her campaign. On June 9, she wrote: "Trying to intentionally ruin someone's life for not doing anything bad is sick.. being racist isn't cool, period. I said what I said!"

The Flash Season 7 is coming soon to The CW.