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Joss Whedon fan site shuts down after ex-wife's critical essay

• http://ew.com, JAMES HIBBERD

After 15 years, Whedonesque is shutting down.

The popular Joss Whedon fan site announced Monday it is "closing down" and will become a read-only site "at some stage" in the future. The site was a discussion board hub for all things related to The Avengers director and Fireflyshowrunner, who has inspired a passionate and loyal fan community that few writer-producers in Hollywood can match.

Recently, Whedon — who has supported and espoused feminist causes and created strong female characters throughout his career — has been under fire among some fans after his ex-wife, Kai Cole, wrote a guest blog for The Wrapalleging her former husband is a "hypocrite preaching feminist ideals."

The two were married in the 1990s, separated in 2012 and finalized their divorce in 2016. Cole accused her ex of a "secret affair" on the set of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and claimed Whedon "hid multiple affairs and a number of inappropriate emotional ones that he had with his actresses, co-workers, fans, and friends." Cole said she wrote the blog "to let women know that he is not who he pretends to be." Whedon issued a statement saying the blog "includes inaccuracies and misrepresentations," but also that he won't comment "out of concern for his children and out of respect for his ex-wife."

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