At the Television Critics Association Winter press tour Friday, SYFY WIRE spoke to Legion executive producer/creator Noah Hawley about embattled director Bryan Singer’s continuing involvement with series. Singer had an executive producer title on Legion’s first season, and is facing allegations of sexual assault.
“Bryan asked to take his name off the show, so we have done that,” Hawley shared. “He didn’t ask me personally,” Hawley added, clarifying that the discussion happened with FX network.
Hawley also clarified Singer’s actual creative impact on the series, which apparently was nil. “Very early on in the conception of the show, I met him a couple of times and he was interesting in directing the pilot,” Hawley explained. “But once I stepped in to direct it, I haven’t spoken to him since that moment. He was more of a name on the screen.”
In a lawsuit filed in December, Singer is accused of raping a 17-year-old boy at a party in 2003. The allegations come two years after Singer was accused by Michael Egan of sexual assault, in a case that named other Hollywood executives.
In December, Singer was fired by 20th Century Fox as director of the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody for failing to appear on set; the director claimed the studio would not let him attend to a gravely ill parent.
Legion Season 2 returns to FX in April 2018.