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Jonathan Groff Expresses Sadness Over ‘Looking’ Cancellation, Hope That It Will Inspire More Gay TV

russell-tovey-jonathan-groff-kissThere’s not a lot of gay programming on TV. We wanted to create a show with gay men where they weren’t tragic figures or the comedic relief or sexually sensationalized but just multi-dimensional human beings. So, I feel sad that it was canceled but grateful for the time that we had. That was amazing to see that sort of outpouring of love and support for the show. I think that speaks to just the need and desire for more gay stories to be told. … Hopefully it maybe paved the way for other people to create [more] gay stories. Hopefully someday there won’t be just one gay show on the air but multiple shows. I remember being a kid and feeling like when somebody mentioned in a moment that they were gay or [saw someone gay] on TV, it was like an exciting sense of relief to see someone talk about being gay, so I try to do that as often as I can. It sort of goes back to that Harvey Milk thing of, ‘Tell your friends, tell everyone. I always try to wear that on my sleeve.”

 

Jonathan Groff speaking about the cancellation of HBO’s Looking with People magazine