Bryan Singer has been removed as executive producer from the FX series Legion, at his request, following allegations of rape and sexual assault.
Showrunner Noah Hawley told Deadline that Singer asked his executive producer credit be removed, following multiple accusations of misconduct, including a lawsuit claiming Singer sexually assaulted a 17-year-old boy in 2003. Singer reportedly didn’t want to be a distraction for the X-Men universe-adjacent series as it entered its second season. Hawley stressed that Singer had little to do with the production itself, and his removal wouldn’t affect the series.
“Very early on in the conception of the show, I met him a couple of times,” Hawley said. “He was interested in directing the pilot, but once I stepped in to direct, I haven’t spoken to him since that moment. Really, he was a name on the screen.”
This follows an earlier report that Fox is considering whether to remove Singer’s executive producer credit from its own X-Men series, The Gifted. However, that situation might be more complicated. Since Singer directed the series pilot, that contractually guarantees him an executive producer credit, according to Deadline. However, Singer was fired from directing Fox’s Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, in the wake of the allegations.
Legion will be returning to FX this April, and The Gifted was just renewed for a second season on Fox.