Activision confirmed yesterday it is no longer working with Jeff Leach, the voice actor of Ghost in Call of Duty: Warzone, after sexist comments he made in the past resurfaced.
As first reported by Charlie Intel, Activision allegedly cut ties with Leach after a clip of him making sexist comments in 2017 resurfaced in a Twitter thread. Leach made disrespectful comments about Zombie Unicorn during a livestream, and clips from a Facebook livestream in December 2020 show Leach making rude comments about a viewer. Leach asserts that he and Activision mutually parted ways months prior on unrelated matters.
Leach voiced Ghost in Call of Duty: Warzone when the character appeared in season two in February 2020. He is also an official partner with Facebook Gaming and consistently livestreams Warzone.
His continued partnership with Activision and Facebook has led to many speaking out against Leach because of his inappropriate behavior and comments in the past. Zombie Unicorn addressed the situation in a video and asked why the companies still have partnerships with Leach.
Activision responded to the situation in a statement sent to Charlie Intel yesterday, explaining it is no longer working with Leach.
“Sexism has no place in our industry, our games or in society,” Activision said. “Activision is no longer working with Jeff Leach. We strongly condemn these remarks. We are committed to delivering a fun and safe experience for all players.”
Facebook has not commented on the situation, and it is unclear who will replace Leach as Ghost in Call of Duty.