Earlier this spring, ABC made the decision to renew the bubble comedy “The Real O’Neals” for a second season, but we a feeling that they were not quite prepared for precisely what was going to come next with one of the show’s young stars in Noal Galvin.
Recently, the actor stirred up major controversy when, in an interview with Vulture, he publicly dissed “Modern Family” actor Eric Stonestreet, “Arrow” alum Colton Haynes, and many other actors who are either LGBTQ or play them on TV. This set off a firestorm on social media, and he later apologized for his comments.
However, clearly the folks over at the alphabet network were not exactly impressed. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network strongly considered cutting the show’s season 2 episode order, but a high-ranking executive producer pressed hard to ensure this didn’t happen. The site also claims that this is not the first incident regarding “The Real O’Neals” and the actor.
Is it understandable that a network would be frustrated by one of the actors of a low-rated show saying something negative about one of their most popular ones like “Modern Family”? Absolutely, though we wouldn’t want to punish “The Real O’Neals” if there was not any evidence that his comments would adversely impact viewership. Even if people out there do not like the actor, maybe they will separate that from the show.
Ultimately, we’ll follow this story more as we get further and further into the summer; specifically, we shall see if there is any long-term impact.
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