Noah Galvin‘s big mouth nearly cost him — and his Real O’Neals castmates — dearly.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, ABC considered cutting the comedy’s Season 2 episode order as quasi-punishment for Galvin’s incendiary Vulture interview, in which the gay actor accused Eric Stonestreet of “playing a caricature … of a stereotype” as Modern Family‘s Cam. He also lashed out at Arrow‘s Colton Haynes, referring to the actor’s recent coming-out interview as “f—ing p–y bulls–t”.
When word spread that ABC was considering reducing the sitcom’s order, one of the show’s exec producers begged the network not to take action, per THR. The trade goes on to note that this wasn’t Galvin’s first run-in with ABC brass. The network reportedly warned him on multiple occasions about his “ego” and sense of “entitlement.” (ABC declined to comment.)
Galvin eventually issued a mea culpa for his Vulture rant. “I think Eric Stonestreet is a wonderful actor,” he tweeted less than 12 hours after the interview went viral. “I apologize to everyone 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.”
The Real O’Neals, in which Galvin plays a 16-year-old boy who comes out to his conservative Catholic family, was recently renewed for a second season.