Greg Spottiswood, creator and co-showrunner of acclaimed CBS audience drama All stand up, was fired from his show after numerous allegations of workplace misconduct. Deadline reports that Spottiswood engaged in “unprofessional conduct in the show’s writers’ room, including the use of offensive language which sparked accusations of racism,” alleged behavior that had previously prompted a writers mutiny to leave the series in the summer of 2020. Warner Bros. Television, which produces All stand up, confirmed Spottiswood’s departure, adding that “we remain committed, at all times, to providing a safe and inclusive work environment on our productions and for all employees.” Spottiswood was also dropped by his agency, APA.
All stand up, a rare show on network television starring a black woman, five of its original seven writers left last summer. Talk to New York Times Regarding their decision to leave, the writers alleged that Spottiswood often wrote “racist and offensive” scripts that required extensive rewrites, with one Native American writer claiming “I was only there because I am the dark-haired one.” Spottiswood apologized at the time, stating that “I recognized that I had to change the way I work.” He also voluntarily requested management training and leadership coaching. Dee Harris-Lawrence, who serves as All stand upco-showrunner, will continue in her role and will now lead the show on her own.