Netflix “Would Be Happy” To Have Aziz Ansari Back Despite Sexual Misconduct Allegations

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Aziz Ansari has stayed far away from the spotlight ever since he was accused of sexual misconduct by an anonymous woman back in January. As a result, whether or not his series, Masters of None, would have a third season remained unknown. Now, Netflix has confirmed that they support him and hope that the comedian will resume work when “he’s ready.”

At the TCA Press Tour in Beverly Hills over the weekend, Netflix programming executive Cindy Holland addressed the fate of the show. “We certainly have given some thought to it,” she said. “We certainly would be happy to make another season of Master of None with Aziz.”

Cindy was also asked about what Netflix is doing to make the work environment on its sets safer moving forward. “Our first priority is to make sure that every set is safe and happy and healthy for everyone involved,” she said. “Certainly, events of the past year have even created more heightened awareness around any potential issues that might happen on set.”

Netflix did not cancel the show nor remove Aziz from the project after the allegations, but he has not produced any new content either. But, now that he’s got Netflix on his side, he might get back to work. While many have X’ed the actor out like so many other men accused of sexual misconduct, it seems like others (like Netflix) are ready to forgive him. To recap, Aziz was accused of acting improperly on a date last year. The unidentified woman said he forced himself on her during despite numerous suggestions that she “wasn’t interested.” The report later sparked a public debate, with some saying the allegations weaken the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, while others argued that this kind of misconduct is the reason why the movements began in the first place.

In a January statement, Aziz addressed the scandal and said he apologized to the woman in 2017 when she told him about her discomfort on their date. He also said that he was “surprised and concerned” by the 23-year-old’s testimony because, in his eyes, their encounter was consensual.

“The next day, I got a text from her saying that although ‘it may have seemed okay,’ upon further reflection, she felt uncomfortable,” he wrote. “It was true that everything did seem okay to me, so when I heard that it was not the case for her, I was surprised and concerned.”

“I took her words to heart and responded privately after taking the time to process what she had said,” he added in his statement at the time. “I continue to support the movement that is happening in our culture. It is necessary and long overdue.”

He’s kept a low profile ever since and only just returned to perform stand-up again in May. Only time will tell if there will be a third season of Masters of None, but it’ll be interesting to see if the public wants to see more of the show despite the allegations.