Joss Whedon fan site shuts down amid ex-wife’s cheating claims

The website dedicated to the work of director Joss Whedon is shutting down.

News of the shutdown comes as accusations have swirled about Whedon’s personal life. His ex-wife, Kai Cole, recently penned a guest blog for The Wrap saying that her former husband was not the man he claims to be.

News then broke Monday about the site, Whedonesque, shutting down its operation. It will become a read-only site “at some stage” in the future, Entertainment Weekly reports. It will still operate its Twitter account, though.

Previously, the site was a discussion board for news and insight regarding Whedon, the man behind “The Avengers,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

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Joss Whedon arrives at the world premiere of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” at the Pantages Theatre on Dec. 10, 2016, in Los Angeles. A guest blog from his ex-wife Kai Cole accused the director of being a false feminist.

(Jordan Strauss/Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Whedon has long been a proponent of women’s rights and causes, but Cole has accused the director of being a “hypocrite preaching feminist ideals.”

Whedon married Cole in 1995. They split in 2012 and their divorce was final by 2016.

Cole has said that Whedon actually had a “secret affair” on the set of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “hid multiple affairs and a number of inappropriate emotional ones that he had with actresses, co-workers, fans, and friends,” reports.

While Cole said that the post was a warning to women, Whedon responded in a statement that said he wouldn’t comment on the matter “out of concern for his children and out of respect for his ex-wife.”

Operators of the Whedonesque site were asked about the closure, but did not say it was directly because of the harsh accusations. Caroline van Oosten de Boer, one owner of the site, didn’t deny that the rumors were a factor, but added, “I have been toying with closing down the site for various reasons for the last five years or so.”

She also took to Twitter to post a farewell, possibly alluding to the accusations.

An attached gif reads, “We may experience some slight turbulence…and then explode.”

Reaction to the closure has been split. Some assume that Whedon’s personal life shouldn’t spill over into the fan website. Others, however, said that “heroes always turn out to be flawed and complex people, some more than others,” writes.

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