ABC may be considering reducing the number of episodes for the sitcom “The Real O’Neals” after Noah Galvin, the star of the show, gave a controversial and candid interview with Vulture. In the article the openly gay actor slammed how “Arrow” actor Colton Haynes decided to come out, criticized Eric Stonestreet for how he depicted a gay character on “Modern Family” and even targeted Bryan Singer about underage boys.
Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that ABC was blindsided by the interview, which they did not coordinate. Talks of cutting episodes off the newly renewed series arose, but an executive producer who worked hard to get the show on air was “begging the network not to take action.” But how this incident affects the sitcom “remains to be seen.” (ABC declined to comment.)
Galvin later apologized for his “brazen and hurtful comments” on Twitter, “The entire interview I gave to Vulture has hurt the LGBTQ community and the industry I feel truly fortunate to be a part of,” he wrote. “My only intention was to try and empower and promote honesty.” He apologized to all the people he targeted by saying, “I apologize to everyone that I’ve hurt with my comments and understand the damage that has been done. I am new to this and will certainly commit to being more thoughtful and wiser as I navigate all of this moving forward.”
According to an insider, this is not the first time the actor has behaved in an inappropriate manner. Apparently Galvin has “been warned multiple times about matters of ‘ego and entitlement.’” “He caused a grade-A shit show. ABC screamed at him all afternoon,” a source told THR. The cast will reunite to film Season 2 later this summer and we’ll have to see if ABC takes any action towards the already low-rated series.