Reruns of the hit WB series “7th Heaven” have been officially pulled from the UP TV network after reports actor Stephen Collins allegedly confessed to molesting underage girls. Collins played patriarch Rev. Eric Camden on the popular family drama, which ran from 1996 to 2007 on the WB network before eventually landing at its current cable channel home. Celebrity gossip site TMZ published an audiotape Tuesday that was reportedly recorded during a therapy session by Collins' ex-wife, Faye Grant, in which the 67-year-old on tape mentions three victims.
UP TV said Tuesday that it would immediately pull “7th Heaven” from its schedule following reports that Collins is the subject of a criminal investigation for allegedly molesting underage girls. “As a top family-friendly network, we are deeply concerned for the families that are potentially affected by these disturbing allegations surrounding actor Stephen Collins," the network's president, Charley Humbard, said in a statement. "7th Heaven has been a beloved family show and a fan favorite on our network. We have made the decision to remove the series from our schedule."
Humbard told E! News it's "too early to say" if the decision is permanent. "We are getting a lot of fan mail. It was a very popular show, but the longer this goes, the trend [from fans] has really trended towards, ‘We understand this is a mess, but are you going to bringing our show back?'"
Fans of the series also reacted on Twitter with their thoughts of the show getting pulled:
Really upset because as predicted they are pulling all the #7thHeaven re-runs off the air & if I buy it on DVD I'm gonna get judged so hard.
— *~Mademoiselle~* (@JamseyBelle) October 8, 2014
Watching 7th Heaven re-runs will never be the same
— Tiffany (@tiffmv_) October 8, 2014
Time to re-shoot all of Stephen Collins' scenes on 7th Heaven for re-runs. I suggest Mel Gibson.
— Chris McSportsMaster (@phillyprosports) October 8, 2014
Whatever happened, 7th Heaven was a great show and should be remembered as such & not stop airing re-runs bc of one persons actions!!!
— Kourtnie (@_Courte) October 7, 2014
Watching re-runs of #7thHeaven will never be the same again for me. Stephen Collins is just plain sick.
— Donna Soffer Olsen (@musiclove18) October 7, 2014
Humbard told E! News that the network, which has been airing reruns of "7th Heaven" since July 2012, will weigh three factors in deciding whether to bring the show back: “What are the allegations of the case, what do viewers want and what do they think?”
In addition to being shunned from the UP TV network, Collins was also fired from appearing in the upcoming “Ted 2” move, according to TMZ, as well as being cut from a Season 2 episode of Scandal, TVLine reported.
Do you think UP TV should bring back “7th Heaven” reruns? Or should the network’s ban on the Collins-starred TV series stay pulled? Sound off in the comments section below or take the poll.