Comedian Bryan Callen has been accused of sexual misconduct and rape by four women, including MadTV alum Kathryn Fiore Tigerman. This comes shortly after Callen’s friend and colleague Chris D’Elia was accused of grooming young women for sketchy sexual scenarios. At that time, plenty of comedians condemned D’Elia and any who condoned his bad behavior. Meanwhile, Callen expressed disbelief and quietly deleted any of his social media posts that included D’Elia. However, that didn’t stop Netflix from canceling his and D’Elia’s in-the-works prank show.
Today, faced with allegations of horrid sexual misconduct, Callen posted a tweet in his defense:
Comedians, actors, and other Hollywood creatives took to social media to respond.
Last year I went to see Sebastian Maniscalco at The Comedy Store but when my date saw that Bryan Callen was opening he became visibly upset and said that he couldn’t stay because Bryan had raped his girlfriend. https://t.co/4ewVjE4O2v— Grey DeLisle-Griffin (@GreyDeLisle) July 31, 2020
Bryan Callen is one of those comedians I don’t agree with but has always been a nice guy. It just goes to show you never know who these guys are and comedy is filled with men who use their fame to abuse women.— Dave "Alive" Anthony (@daveanthony) July 31, 2020
This story literally made my stomach turn. Sexually assaulting fellow comics. Horrific, and a cancer on our industry. It's up to us to ensure that it ends. https://t.co/hf07zcVils— Adam Conover (@adamconover) July 31, 2020
They're not really hiding though are they?https://t.co/F9XBOhQw3q— Eliza Skinner (@elizaskinner) July 31, 2020
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The @latimes just published this article by @amykinla about the repeat offenses of Bryan Callen. Thank you to the brave women coming forward and sharing their stories. You are saving the women who may have come after you. And to the comics who are annoyed with me for standing with these ladies what are you so afraid of? Available on my number in my bio if anyone wants to talk about Bryan or any one else who has sexually assaulted you. @bryancallen have a nice day.
Dangling career advancement in exchange for sexual favours is not consent. Being in power is not consent . Lying is not consent.— B R I A N A B U C K M A S T E R (@OfficialBrianaB) July 31, 2020
Only consent is consent. https://t.co/qS9snCDLNc
Wow, well fuck this virus-passing rapist hack. https://t.co/YrVPO80hgR— Laurie Kilmartin (@anylaurie16) July 31, 2020
WHERE THE FUCK IS WHITNEY'S STATMENT ON BRYAN CALLEN ALREADY! WE NEED A STATEMENT WHITNEY!!! YOU ARE SO IMPORTANT!— Chad Zumock “Florida’s Greatest” (@chadzumock) July 31, 2020
Some context: Whitney Cummings was close with D’Elia and Callen, and has made a joke of an incident in which the latter exposed his genitals to her without consent. Cummings eventually denounced D’Elia. We’ll report if/when she responds to the Callen allegations.
We also await public comment from Brendan Schaub, Callen’s co-host on The Fighter and the Kid podcast. There, the two both expressed shock over the D’Elia allegations. As Callen’s tweet promises, it will be where he—and possibly Schaub—will address the LA Times expose in full. For now, Callen is featured in Schaub’s pinned tweet, a sponsored content post advertising Pure Spectrum CBD.
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