Last week, Mills told Yahoo that the ABC show’s six-season run was cut short due to what she called a “completely ridiculous” sexual harassment lawsuit.
“When we shot the series finale … nobody knew whether or not ‘The Wonder Years’ was going to be renewed. And that’s because of a completely ridiculous sexual harassment suit that was going on against Fred Savage – who is, like, the least offensive, most wonderful, sweet human being that ever walked the face of the Earth,” she said.
In 1993, a costume designer who worked on the show filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Savage, who played Kevin Arnold, and Jason Hervey, who played older brother Wayne Arnold. At the time, Savage was 16 and Hervey was 20.
"So I just thought [the lawsuit] was a big joke and it was going to blow over," Mills said. “It’s a little bit like what’s happening now – some innocent people can get caught up in this stuff; it’s very tricky. It was so not true."
“I just thought this was a joke. You know, they bought her off, which really made me mad,” Mills recalled. “That was incorrigible that the network did that; they should never have paid her off. They wanted to avoid a scandal or something, but it made them look guilty. You know, you don’t pay someone off when there was no crime; you just fire the girl.”