ABC came oh-so-close to trimming the episode order for the second season of their comedy series The Real O’Neals as a result of a brutally honest interview that series lead Noah Galvin gave to Vulture last week, it has emerged.
The interview in question was noteworthy for its brutal honesty but quickly devolved into something of a shit-storm due to Galvin’s unfiltered comments. In said interview, the 22 year old openly gay actor was dismissive of Arrow star Colton Haynes and the manner in which he came out earlier this year, referring to it as “pussy bullshit”; brought up persistent rumours about Bryan Singer; and singled out ABC, saying that the amount of time they took decide on a renewal was “abusive”.
Within hours the interview had drawn the ire of the public and numerous celebrities. Bryan Singer’s legal representatives even got involved and had any reference to the X-Men director stricken from Vulture’s piece. Facing the public onslaught, Galvin issued an unreserved apology. “I apologize to everyone that I’ve hurt with my comments and understand the damage that has been done”, he said. “I am new to this and will certainly commit to being more thoughtful and wiser as I navigate all of this moving forward”.
That should have been the end of the matter, but the entire controversy nearly had an adverse effect on Galvin’s show The Real O’Neals. Per The Hollywood Reporter, when ABC learned of the interview and the ensuing controversy, they seriously considered cutting the order for the show’s second season until one of the show’s executive producers intervened, begging them not do so. The report also claims that this was not the first issue between Galvin and ABC. Network brass have apparently previously scolded the actor for his “ego and entitlement”.