Activision Fires Voice Actor of Call of Duty’s Ghost for Sexist Comments

Adiba Chowdhury
By Adiba Chowdhury
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Credit: Activision

Jeff Leach, who was the voice actor for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s character – Ghost has been fired due to online harassment of a fellow content creator.

The accused sexist and misogynistic remarks made by Jeff Leach were directed towards a streamer named ZombiUnicorn. Before Activision made its official announcement, they had been called out by the streamer for “acting like allies” by being silent.

Leach was hired in early 2020 to take over the role of Ghost in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Season 2. However, following the allegations of his sexist behavior on a public platform, Activision has announced to have cut ties with him.

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Ghost has been a very popular character in the Call of Duty franchise since the skull-masked character made his first appearance in 2009’s Modern Warfare 2. In the reboot, he was introduced after the game’s initial launch as a multiplayer character, being voiced by Jeff Leach.

Ghost had only made an appearance in occasional cutscenes that advanced Modern Warfare’s story campaign. However, it is expected that Ghost’s character will play a much larger role in the “inevitable” sequel that is likely to be released sometime in 2022. Activision has assured players that in the event of Ghost making appearances in future sequels, he will most definitely be voiced by someone else. Activision has issued an official statement saying:

“Sexism has no place in our industry, our games or in society. […] 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.”

Several clips supporting Jeff Leach’s accusation of sexist, misogynistic comments, and online harassment directed towards ZombiUnicorn were shared by Facebook Gaming Streamer and YouTuber NitroLuke DX. They also called his behavior a “Serious personalized intrusive sexism“.

Jeff Leach Defends himself

On the other hand, Jeff Leach took it to twitter to defend his behavior, saying that his comments were taken out of context and that he was just standing up against trolls attacking his community. He also pointed out that his comments were not gender-biased.

As of now, Jeff Leach is still a Facebook Gaming partner, but the platform has remained silent on the matter. Although Activision received praise for their swift response in handling the matter, ZombiUnicorn pointed out that Leach’s behavior had gotten him banned from Twitch in 2017. Therefore, his behavior should not have been a hidden fact prior to his hiring.

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By Adiba Chowdhury Deputy Evergreen Editor
Adiba Chowdhury is the Deputy Editor of the Evergreen section at GameRiv. Adiba is an avid gamer, artist, and anime lover. She expresses her love for RPGs, JRPGs, and Action Adventure games by writing about evergreen titles with lasting impressions for GameRiv.