Per News Reelz:
The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers’ second season is going to be without Emilio Estevez’s Gordon Bombay. “Deadline” reports that he will not be back for season two because Disney Television Studios’ ABC Signature, which produces the hockey-themed sequel series, made the decision not to pick up Estevez’s option for Season 2 after weeks of back and forth with his team over the show’s Covid vaccination requirement.
Heading into Season 2, The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers — like many Disney TV Studios series — has adopted a mandatory vaccination policy for the cast and crew in Zone A, which was included as an option in the most recent Return-to-Work agreement between the Hollywood studios and major unions. (Zone A includes all actors and crew members who come into direct contact with them.) The soap opera General Hospital, produced by ABC & Disney, has also implemented the same rules that may lead to two of their high profile performers leaving the show because they refuse to get vaccinated.
According to Deadline, Estevez, through his reps, has declined to provide assurances that he would comply with the policy. With the two sides at an impasse as the Season 2 scripts were being written and the planned early 2022 start of production was looming, the studio made the call to not exercise the actor’s option and the scripts will be adjusted to continue the story without the character. Estevez’s reps claim it’s creative differences but that might be a bit of spin on their part.
Estevez starred alongside Lauren Graham Brady Noon for the first season. The latter two will be back along with Maxwell Simkins, Swayam Bhatia, Luke Islam, Kiefer O’Reilly, Taegen Burns, Bella Higginbotham and DJ Watts.
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