“Can a press interview gone bad kill a television show?”
That’s the question The Hollywood Reporter is asking after the young star of one of ABC’s low-rated series, The Real O’Neals, took both gloves off, slid on some metaphoric brass knuckles and jabbed like crazy at Colton Haynes, Bryan Singer, Eric Stonestreet and, well, a vast slice of Hollywood, L.A., and gays everywhere.
If you missed it, it was really quite something.
Inside sources are saying ABC was caught completely off-guard by the interview — not surprising, as we can’t imagine it’d be the sort of thing they’d give the OK to ahead of time.
But the damage to the show’s fate may be more severe than a simple slap on the wrist. The outburst may wind up being the beginning of the end for the show, which is based in part on Dan Savage’s childhood.
Sure, Galvin was quick to issue an apology, but here’s a newsflash: Hollywood doesn’t exactly love having its dirty laundry aired out by the people it pays hefty sums of money to and makes famous. Imagine that.
We can easily picture the egos of more than a few executives getting bruised, and the potential of future damage has fairly high stakes with the amounts of money involved in producing a TV show.
A source tells The Hollywood Reporter that one of the show’s executive producers who has spent four years working to get the program on the air was “begging the network not to take action.”
What’s more, insiders say Galvin’s behavior isn’t anything new, and that he’s been warned on more than a few occasions to reign in his “ego and entitlement.”
Following an “abusive” waiting period (Galvin’s choice of word), ABC announced on May 12 that the show is returning for a second season, but it looks like there’s a new diva in town.