Sky has canceled “Bulletproof,” three weeks after multiple sexual misconduct allegations emerged about the show’s lead Noel Clarke, Variety can reveal.
A spokesperson for the Comcast-backed pay-TV operator confirmed the decision: “Sky will not be proceeding with any further series of ‘Bulletproof.’” Meanwhile, production company Vertigo Films has also said it “will not make any future series of ‘Bulletproof.’”
Variety understands season 4 of the show had already been commissioned and was in pre-production stages when news broke in The Guardian on April 29 about Clarke. Sky immediately took steps to halt any work on the program — and other work with Clarke — and has been holding internal discussions ever since about what’s next for the show.
The Guardian’s investigation saw 20 women who have worked with Clarke in a professional setting come forward, all of whom made a number of allegations against the “Bulletproof” star, including sexual harassment, unwanted touching or groping, sexually inappropriate behaviour and comments on set, professional misconduct, taking and sharing sexually explicit pictures and videos without consent, and bullying between 2004 and 2019.
It’s believed a number of options, including the recasting of Clarke’s character Aaron Bishop, were considered around proceeding with the series, particularly to protect the work of the rest of the cast and crew, but ultimately, a fourth season of the buddy cop comedy on Sky wasn’t creatively viable. Clarke is heavily intertwined with the show, which he co-writes alongside co-star Ashley Walters.
Sources indicate, however, that there may be opportunities for the program’s on and off-screen talent on other Sky shows in the future.
Variety understands the broadcaster made its decision based on findings from an internal investigation carried out by “Bulletproof” producers Vertigo. It was also aware of other allegations about Clarke made anonymously to a number of organizations this month.
Vertigo’s investigation is still ongoing. The production company made clear following the allegations that it was keen to speak to as many people involved in the production as it could. The show wasn’t solely produced by the outfit: Company Pictures was involved in season 1, and Clarke’s All3Media-backed Unstoppable banner has been credited through all three seasons.
Variety understands that All3Media’s probe into Unstoppable is still ongoing.
Clarke has “vehemently” denied all allegations made against him.
More to come.
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