New information reveals that, despite the widespread allegations against Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator, Joss Whedon, no complaints ever officially made it to the studio while the show was in production. Whedon’s public reputation has taken a significant hit ever since Ray Fisher – who played Cyborg in Justice League – accused Whedon of abusive behavior on the set of the film. Fisher’s comments gained traction, with his Justice League co-stars, Gal Gadot and Jason Momoa, expressing support for him. Eventually, WarnerMedia conducted a full-scale investigation about the allegations on the Justice League set, which concluded in December of 2020. WarnerMedia revealed that “remedial action” was required after the investigation, though what that entailed has not been revealed publicly.
In February 2021, Charisma Carpenter, who played Cordelia Chase on both Buffy and Angel, made a public statement addressing alleged abusive behavior she suffered at the hands of Whedon during her run on both shows. Carpenter claimed that Whedon was consistently verbally abusive and vindictive toward her, especially after she became pregnant before the fourth season of Angel. Several Buffy and Angel co-stars have come out in support of Carpenter – including Sarah Michelle Gellar, Amber Benson, and Michelle Trachtenberg – most of whom corroborated Carpenter’s stories of Whedon’s abusive behavior. Carpenter said she spoke to WarnerMedia during their investigation, and finally made a public statement out of support for Ray Fisher.
In a recent investigative story from Variety, it was revealed that, despite the widespread allegations, no official complaints were ever made to the studio about Whedon’s behavior on the set of Buffy. Variety spoke with eleven confidential imgs who either worked on Buffy/Angel or were close to the productions. The insiders offered up a lot of interesting information, including the fact that no complaints against Whedon made it up the ranks to either 20th Century Fox Television or The WB. The insiders also stated that there were never any official complaints brought to human reimgs or settlements made because of Whedon’s behavior on the set.
The insiders also dive into the atmosphere of the Buffy set, saying that it was ran more like a low-budget film than a wildly popular television show. They cite Whedon’s inexperience as a showrunner, Buffy‘s small budget, and a fundamental lack of oversight as the core reasons that led to a set that resembled the cliquey atmosphere of a high school. Whedon had favorites, and everyone knew who they were and who they weren’t.
Seeing how there is no shortage of former Buffy and Angel stars who have spoken out in support of Carpenter, too much shouldn’t be read into the fact that no official complaints were brought up against Whedon during either show’s productions. This was long before the MeToo movement, and many of those under Whedon were probably worried about their jobs if they spoke out. While nothing was done back then, at least these allegations against Whedon for his behavior on Buffy the Vampire Slayer are beginning to come to light now.