Yesterday, the US Department of Justice announced that Drew Drechsel had been arrested on federal charges.
Today, the producers of American Ninja Warrior, A. Smith & Co, along with NBCUniversal, released a statement announcing they would be severing all ties with him.
We are shocked and disturbed to learn about the charges alleged against Drew Drechsel. American Ninja Warrior is a family show that has inspired countless people, and we will not let the actions of one contestant tarnish the hard work and amazing stories of so many. Moving forward, the American Ninja Warrior brand will sever all ties with Mr. Drechsel, including his appearance on future seasons of the show.
It is expected that he will be edited out of the upcoming season 12 of American Ninja Warrior, which should start airing sometime in the next month or two. Reports indicate that he was in St. Louis and took part of the filming.