Popular Joss Whedon Fan Site Closes Down Days After Ex-Wife's Editorial Claimed He Had 'Multiple Affairs'

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Whedonesque is shutting down after 15 years of celebrating all things Joss Whedon.

The long-running fan site, which served as a discussion board for Whedon's admirers and devotees, announced on Monday that it is "closing down" and would be transitioning into a read-only site in the near future.

The surprising decision comes days after The Wrap ran a scathing guest blog penned by Whedon's ex-wife, Kai Cole, who called the filmmaker a "hypocrite preaching feminist ideals" and claimed that Whedon admitted to her that he "hid multiple affairs and a number of inappropriate emotional ones that he had with his actresses, co-workers, fans and friends." 

Cole and Whedon, who tied the knot in 1995, separated in 2012 and officially divorced in 2016. They share two children together -- daughter Squire and son Arden.

In her editorial, Cole said her intentions were to "let women know that he is not who he pretends to be."

"I want the people who worship him to know he is human, and the organizations giving him awards for his feminist work, to think twice in the future about honoring a man who does not practice what he preaches," she wrote. "But no matter what happens, or how people interpret this statement, I no longer have to carry the burden of Joss’ long-term deceit and confessions."

A spokesperson for Whedon released a comment to ET addressing Cole's claims, stating, "While this account includes several inaccuracies and misrepresentations which can be harmful to their family, Joss will not be commenting, out of concern for his children and out of respect for his ex-wife."

In response to Whedonesque's closure, users and fans reached out to the site's owners to ask if Cole's editorial played a role in their decision to shut down.

Caroline van Oosten de Boer, one of the site's owners, did not confirm or deny that the guest blog was a determining factor, but did say that she'd "been toying with closing down the site for various reasons for the last five years or so."

However, she also shared a number of posts to Twitter that seemed to be, at least in part, related to Cole's claims.

Whedon has come under fire in the past for some of his films, which have been seen by some to objectify their female characters, including Avengers: Age of Ultron'sdepiction of Black Widow and the filmmaker's leaked Wonder Woman script, which surfaced earlier this year.

Currently, Whedon is finishing up reshoots on the Justice League movie after taking over for director Zack Snyder. The film is slated for release on Nov. 17.