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wild fredThe behind-the-scenes approach was difficult for his team, two production veterans who worked alongside Savage told PEOPLE.

The 45-year-old actor turned director made headlines last week for getting fired executive producing and directing for ABC The wonderful years restart. She had faced accusations of misconduct on the set of the show.

According to the insider, Savage is “quick to anger.” Part of his process includes overstepping, a common practice in the industry but one that the source explains only makes things harder for the team.

“He works his crews pretty hard by always doing more takes than necessary,” says the source. “Some directors just go overboard. Sometimes they feel like they didn’t get the performance or they want to try another angle or things like that. He goes overboard and the days are longer, so he gives more opportunities to criticize people”.

A second source adds that Savage “can have a short temper and occasional outbursts.”

Savage’s representatives have not returned PEOPLE’s earlier request for comment. He also hasn’t commented on his departure from The wonderful years restart.

“He doesn’t seem stressed,” a third source tells PEOPLE, adding that the star spent the weekend with his wife Jennifer Lynn at their West Los Angeles home. “He seems quite relaxed and enjoying some time off.”

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As a child, Savage became a household name for roles in The princess Bride, The magicianand the original Wonderful years series, where he played the lead Kevin Arnold from 1988 to 1993. He began producing and directing television projects in the late 1990s, and for years has balanced acting roles on shows like Working, the grinder Y college friends with directing work for sitcoms like Modern Family, Blackish, party downstairs Y It’s always sunny in Philly.

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On May 6, a 20th Television spokesperson confirmed to PEOPLE that Savage had been fired from executive producing and directing ABC. The wonderful years restart.

“Recently, we became aware of allegations of misconduct by Fred Savage and, as is policy, an investigation has been launched,” a spokesperson said in a statement. “Upon completion, the decision was made to terminate his employment as executive producer and director of The wonderful years.”

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Savage has faced other allegations of on-set behavior in the past.

In 2018, his Wonderful years TV mom Alley Mills claimed that a sexual harassment lawsuit against Savage and co-star Jason Hervey ended the series in 1993. vanity fair reported that Savage and Hervey, 50, were sued by costume designer Monique Long, who said their alleged verbal and physical harassment made it difficult for her to do her job and resulted in her being fired.

The legal matter was eventually resolved and dropped.

That same year, a judge dismissed a gender lawsuit against Savage from another costume designer, named Youngjoo Hwang. He claimed that Savage created an uncomfortable work environment at the grinderbut the hollywood reporter stated that the actor has denied such accusations.

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