Lost boss Damon Lindelof responds to 'racist' and 'sexist' set allegations

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Lost boss responds to negative set allegationsBob D'Amico / ABC - Getty Images

Lost showrunner Damon Lindelof has come under fire from former cast members and creatives, with the producer accused of not creating a safe space for those who worked on the show.

Fresh allegations have now come out about the conditions on the set of the TV series, which ran from 2004 until 2010.

In a candid excerpt from the book Burn It Down: Power, Complicity, and a Call for Change in Hollywood by American author and film and television critic Maureen Ryan, several actors, writers, and crew members speak out on the long-running show.

Vanity Fair published the excerpt on Tuesday (May 30) and the book will be published on June 6.

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The allegations allege there was a toxic environment behind the scenes and that Lindelof and co-creator Carlton Cuse did little to improve the situation.

The book recounts alleged events and instances involving racist humour in the writers' room, claims of sexist behaviour toward female writers and racist jokes at the expense of cleaning staff.

Lindelof was interviewed for the book, and in one of the two interviews, he stated that he "failed" to create a safe environment.

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"My level of fundamental inexperience as a manager and a boss, my role as someone who was supposed to model a climate of creative danger and risk-taking but provide safety and comfort inside of the creative process — I failed in that endeavour," he said.

He added: "The way that I conduct myself and the way that I treat other humans who I am responsible for and a manager of is a by-product of all the mistakes that were made. I have significantly evolved and grown, and it shouldn't have had to come at the cost and the trauma of people that I hurt on Lost."

The book also explores other big US shows and production companies, such as LucasFilm, Saturday Night Live and The Goldbergs, and contains interviews with creatives such as Evan Rachel Wood, Harold Perrineau and Orlando Jones.

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