A bunch of ABC sitcom producers took the stage at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour on Thursday to talk comedy shop, but The Real O’Neals executive producer Casey Johnson wound up addressing a more serious issue: The inflammatory interview that The Real O’Neals star Noah Galvin gave to Vulture in June. In that story, he called Arrow actor Colton Haynes’ coming-out “f—ing pussy bullshit,” mocked Modern Family star Eric Stonestreet’s depiction of a gay character, and disparaged producer Bryan Singer — and then apologized to all three and the LGBT community in a statement later that day.
When asked about that controversial interview and the reports that ABC was considering reducing the show’s episode order as a result (the show has since been picked up for a second season), Johnson denied any possibility of a shorter season. “There wasn’t any threat to cut our order or anything like that,” she said. “ABC’s been incredibly supportive. And you know, there wasn’t much going on behind the scenes. The article came out, and Noah regretted what he said and apologized really quickly. I think we’ve all said things we wish we hadn’t, and we all got back to work. There wasn’t that much buzzing behind the scenes. We were busy on season 2… it’s all good.”
Earlier in the day, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey briefly discussed the Galvin controversy as well. “Noah’s Vulture interview is something for which he has apologized publicly, and it’s in the past at this point for us,” she said. “We are very excited about the creative that we’ve heard for season 2 from the showrunners, and we just had a fantastic first table read for the season.”
The Real O’Neals returns to the air on Oct. 11.