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How That ’90s Show Handled Danny Masterson’s Absence


Gone, and certainly forgotten.

That ’90s Show, the new Netflix That ’70s Show sequel series, brings back a bunch of familiar faces to Point Place—with original stars Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Topher Grace, Laura Prepon and Wilmer Valderrama all reprising their roles in cameo appearances—but one actor is noticeably absent: Danny Masterson

Masterson played Steven Hyde, Eric Forman’s (Grace) best friend, on all eight seasons of That ’70s Show, but lately he’s been otherwise occupied in court.

In June 2020, the actor was arrested and charged with raping three women in separate incidents occurring between 2001 and 2003. Masterson denied all charges and pled not guilty.

In November 2022, the case was declared a mistrial after the jurors were unable to come to a unanimous decision. A retrial is scheduled for March.

After the mistrial, E! News reached out to Masterson’s lawyer Philip Cohen for comment, but did not hear back.

So, how does That ’90s Show address his character’s omission? Well, simply put, it doesn’t.

Steven (better known as Hyde) is never even mentioned by name and no information is given about his whereabouts.

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