Noah Galvin’s messy, arrogant Vulture interview almost got his show canceled

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Last week, Vulture published an interview with 22-year-old Noah Galvin, star of ABC’s The Real O’Neals. The interview went viral and it was so controversial and messy that Galvin literally had to offer a lengthy apology in the same news cycle, on the same day that the interview came out. When I covered it last week, I noted: “This interview has the potential to do real damage to his career.” He made “jokes” about Bryan Singer’s much-rumored pool parties, he slammed Colton Haynes’ coming out interview, threw major shade at Eric Stonestreet and Galvin basically came across like an cocky, arrogant sh-thead. Well, guess what? Even with the apology, Galvin’s career is on the rocks. Can’t say I’m surprised.

Can a press interview gone bad kill a television show? Sources with knowledge of the events say ABC was blindsided by [Noah Galvin’s] interview, which was set up by Galvin’s personal publicist, Maria Candida, as part of an Emmy push for the young star. (She declined comment.)

Galvin quickly apologized for his “brazen and hurtful comments” on Twitter, but how all of this bad press affects the low-rated bubble series — which, after an “abusive” waiting period (Galvin’s word), was renewed by the network May 12 — remains to be seen. As the controversy raged, the specter of a reduced episode order arose at ABC, according to one source. An executive producer who had spent four years getting the series on the air was “begging the network not to take action,” says this source. (Reps for ABC declined comment on the situation.)

And this was not the first such incident involving the actor’s behavior. Insiders say Galvin — a New York native who had only a couple of small acting credits before landing the starring role on Real O’Neals, which is based on sex columnist Dan Savage’s childhood — has been warned multiple times about matters of “ego and entitlement.” One show source says the set likely will be awkward when the cast returns to film season two later this summer: “He caused a grade-A sh-t show. ABC screamed at him all afternoon.”

[From THR]

You know what this reminds me of? The Alex Pettyfer thing several years back. Pettyfer was supposed to be the next big thing, and he was poised to have a major breakout… and then everyone was like, “Oh, right, this guy is toxic.” A combination of bad personality, arrogance and unprofessionalism will get you every time, even if you’re a white dude! Which is reassuring, to a certain extent. If Noah Galvin behaved this way after 20 years of stardom, people would have been covering his ass and making excuses for him. But since he’s a 22-year-old with barely any Hollywood experience, people are happy enough to throw him under the bus. While I do have a minor pang of sympathy for him – think about how arrogant you might have been in your early 20s – I do think he deserved to be taken down a few pegs.

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  1. lisa2 says:

    “When someone shows you who they are, Believe them”.

    the apology was to save himself. What he said was his beliefs and feelings. I have no idea who he is; but I believe the person that he showed himself to be.

  2. Tiffany says:

    Martha Plimpton and Jay Ferguson deserves better than to have their show sidetracked by a co star you could not pick out of a lineup.

    • The Original Mia says:

      Truth!

    • Hazel says:

      They deserve a better show, period.

      • Ashley says:

        Did you watch Raising Hope? MP was SOOOO good in that. Everyone was, but she was absolutely amazing.

    • lucy2 says:

      Absolutely. Martha is a treasure. If I were her (or anyone else working on that show and depending on that salary) I would be PISSED that some newbie thought it was ok to trash the network and others on it.
      Everyone is young and stupid and makes mistakes, but most of them don’t potentially lead to a show nearly being canceled, hundreds of people losing their jobs, and years of work going down the drain.

    • holly hobby says:

      I’m pretty sure Martha Plimpton is furious about this. The article said this isn’t the first time he acted like a jerk. I guess he is hard to work with!

    • Kate says:

      Sidebar: I am totally in love with Jay Ferguson and have been since he first started on MadMen

  3. Erinn says:

    I think it’s ridiculous that they’d punish the whole show. That’s so unfair to everyone putting in the work. And yes – he’s an arrogant kid who got taken down a few pegs. Hopefully that will make him think about his actions. But at the same time – I really wish more people would call out Singer. The other guy didn’t deserve it.

    • Lizzie McGuire says:

      Same, the Bryan Singer thing needs to be call out more. So everyone knows what he does, what happens at those parties, etc but no one wants to acknowledge it? Wait another 25-30 yrs the same situation as Cosby & people will act all surprise about it. The kid had the right to say that but what he said about Colton & co. was uncalled for. He got his tv show in trouble, making executives who put time & effort into finally making this show in the air begging ABC to keep the show.

    • The Eternal Side-Eye says:

      Seriously. I’m more angry at the decision making behind that (Hey let’s cancel one of our only LGBT supportive shows) than him needing to be taken down a few pegs.

      We JUST have an incident in Orlando and people still don’t get how disenfranchised this community is.

    • lucy2 says:

      I agree punishing the whole show would have been ridiculous, and I agree about Singer too. But I think this guy needs to realize that he’s not just representing himself in the public anymore, there’s a whole show and a lot of jobs associated with it.

      It would have been cruel to kill the whole show, but he’s pretty lucky they didn’t just replace him.

  4. Bridget says:

    When did it become so hard to just be nice? That interview was an epic disaster, and he was flat out rude. I can’t believe that was supposed to drum up awards interest, because they totally fell down there.

    • Bob says:

      Bridget, I’m skeptical it was truly meant to drum up awards interest. I think that was the smokescreen to schedule the interview without the network/show producers’ involvement. The guy is in regular contact with Dan Savage. I’d bet the interview was more designed to expand the public conversation about how messed up Hollywood is in its dealing with homosexuality. That’s why you had guys like Alan Cumming complimenting Noah on twitter.

      • Bridget says:

        He’s allowed to have an opinion, but excepting the Bryan Singer stuff, he was flat out rude. The conversation isn’t about Hollywood’s treatment of anyone, it’s about the attitude on this young man – and rightfully so. The way he called out Colton Haynes? When did it become ANYONE’S business how another person chooses to come out? Again, when did it get so hard to just be nice?

        And considering the timing and the fact that Emmy ballots are just finishing up right now, it does fall right in line with awards campaigning.

      • Shiba says:

        Completely. I read the interview, thinking – who does he sound like?! After the sh$t hit the fan, I realized he was practically channeling Dan Savage.

  5. Pedro45 says:

    Ugh. Waiting for the network to renew his show was “abusive”? Child, please. Grow up. And learn that words mean something.

  6. mme says:

    He might be the make Demi Lovato. Oh and Kaiser, you absolutely need to cover the non-existent Mariah Carey and Demi feud. I think Demi’s off her meds again

  7. Bob says:

    I have a hard time disparaging the guy for being unprofessional when the standards of his profession generally require pretending that all sorts of really horrible things aren’t happening.

    • HH says:

      My thoughts exactly. The Bryan Singer part is probably what did it. Let’s he honest. He’s powerful enough to pull strings. The other insults were uncalled for, and the apology was necessary.

  8. Mel M says:

    Ugh, so many millennials, so much entitlement. My cousins are a lot older than me and their children are all millennials and I can not be around them for more then and hour before I want to stab my eyes balls and eardrums. I’ve stopped following most of them on IG too because every post is interchangeable, selfies at the bar. This kid sounds exactly like them, never had a thought about how awful he sounded because he’s probably never been told no. He’s a special snowflake that’s better than you, I’m sure.

    • PoliteTeaSipper says:

      You need to expand your pool of millennials. It’s probably not that generational age group, it’s just that your family is the problem.

    • Erinn says:

      Well – as a millennial and 90′s kid myself – I just want to point out that the generation of parents who treat their precious babies like special snowflakes are at least at fault for the childhood and teenage years of attitude that everyone hates so much. The boomers and Gen X raised a bunch of spoiled brats, and SOME responsibility needs to be taken there. Now – for adult millennials who are acting like asshats, that’s one them.

      Now on the flip-side – millennials are more tolerant of other races and groups than the older generations. And when we get down to it- there’s ALWAYS been complaints from the older generations toward the younger ones. ALWAYS. There were absolutely people complaining about how the boomers annoyed them. It’s just how it is.

      • Pinky says:

        Can’t argue with anything you said.

        –TheRealPinky

      • Mel M says:

        @Erin. I agree with you. The parents played a huge part in all of it but the reputation of Millennials being selfintitled and the “me” generations doesn’t come for no where, it’s not from thin air. There are plenty of them that are amazing people and yes they are a lot more tolerant in their views which is awesome and promising for the future.

      • Another Anna says:

        Erinn, I’m also a millennial and every time I hear a Boomer talking crap about us, I always want to point out that we graduated into the worst economic climate since the Great Depression and many of us can’t find jobs beyond entry-level because the Boomers aren’t retiring.

        Most of the Millennials I went to school with and encounter in my job are incredibly hard workers and don’t expect anything to be given to them, but they do expect that their hard work does get them somewhere eventually. There’s a lot of anger and resentment over the idea that we were supposed to get a college education and that was all going to make it work, but it’s just not true and we’ve paid through the nose for something that doesn’t make us competitive in the job marketplace.

        And I’m sick of Boomers bitching about us. A) We were largely raised by Boomers, who came of age in a world that was America-centric and where the middle class was fairly wealthy. A college degree was worth more and cost less. I’d also like to point out that assholes gonna asshole, no generation required.

      • guilty pleasures says:

        Very well said. Every generation has it’s share of asshats. I would take a thousand ‘millennials’ (I can’t stand the term, btw) over the narrow minded bigots who permeate my generation.
        If anyone has a problem with ALL of a certain age group they are either close minded, lying, or know very few people.
        PS, my kids are in that age group, and they are lovely people.

    • OSTONE says:

      @MelM I think your cousins are the issue, because being a millenial myself under 30 and working with a lot of my age group + the baby boomer group, I can safely say that the majority of my age group puts in the work and effort to get things done while constantly being put down by the older generation for having the misconception of being “entitled” and “incompetent”. I am tired of hearing that my whole generation is entitled. A lot of us put in the hours and are home-owners, hold college degrees that were not paid for by mom and dad but the misconception is still there. You have entitlement and arrogance in every age group; in the work force and in corporate America you think people get away with being petulant just for being young? Nope. Tenure and age do not equal professionalism or wisdom, in my opinion.

      • Another Anna says:

        Could not have said it better. I work with a bunch of Boomers and the amount of time I spend helping them with computers is ridiculous. They don’t want to learn. But we Millennials get called entitled.

    • Mel M says:

      Thanks for setting me straight. Obviously I wasn’t talking about the entire generation but a lot of them that I have come into contact with, and yes even outside of my “problem” family (shocking, I know), have the same issues in some form or another.

      Now, im off to go make friends with my neighbors 22 year old and continue my study.

      • mp says:

        I think the millenials that are like this, are not the 26+ years old, but the 22 years old or younger. There’s a vast difference between a 20 year old “millenial” and a 28 year old “millenial”.

        I’m 28 and i have nothing in common with kids younger than 25, they are soooo different.

      • anon33 says:

        ^^^THIS

    • Chinoiserie says:

      Every generation has had people like this.

  9. Sean says:

    I actually applaud him for his honesty. He’s saying what a lot of LGBT feel about Hollywood.

    • littlemissnaughty says:

      There’s honesty and then there’s condescension. He was condescending. Why didn’t he stay in his perfect little NYC theater community? Because money. Hollywood is cesspool but if you’re too good for it, why participate? He could’ve criticized H’wood without being an ass.

    • holly hobby says:

      Calling someone a P**** because he didn’t like the way he came out isn’t honesty.

  10. Alex says:

    Surprised. Not.
    While it would suck for the cast and crew for the show to be canceled, part of show business is perception. And for a bubble show to cause negative waves…not good

  11. amanda says:

    Why don’t they just recast him? He is just a generic looking white boy. Easy enough to find another one to take his job.

    • NewWester says:

      They did that with the character of Becky on “Rosanne” when the actress went off to college. I recall they actually made a joke about that on the show. If you go further back they did the same with the character of Darren Stevens on “Bewitched” in both cases the shows continued for a few more seasons. He better be on his best behaviour from now on or he may be replaced.

  12. FingerBinger says:

    I doubt Galvin’s interview almost got the show cancelled. It was probably already on the chopping block.

  13. Mika says:

    Um i’m 21 and I am not arrogant like this lil pr1ck but I think most of my generation has this self-esteem problem where you hate yourself but still think you’re better than everyone else and that’s what I think is going on with Galvin here. It seems like he’s trying to cover up his insecurities by acting like an over-confident a55hole and ended up being a real a55hole. I dont know if I’m making any sense here

    • The Other Katherine says:

      Mika, you make perfect sense. I’m twice your age, but I see the phenomenon you’re talking about among plenty of my own contemporaries. I think it is a bit more common among people your age, and part of that is youth, but I think some of it is also parenting — it seems like a lot of people my age *told* their children they were special, but didn’t actually *show* them that they were loved by spending lots of time with them and setting consistent boundaries and expectations. Anyway, that’s a long-winded way of saying I think you’re onto something!

  14. The Eternal Side-Eye says:

    Okay sure, but the perverts in Hollywood are still allowed to run free and make movies and get respect and support right? Got it. Just wanted to be absolutely sure.

    • Grace says:

      This ^

    • holly hobby says:

      Until someone sues said pervert and they are prosecuted, people cannot go around and say things like what he did without risking a lawsuit. Is it fair? No. However in the real world, you risk getting sued for slander (or is it defamation?) even though you are telling the truth. Singer has shown he will whip out the attys in the past.

      I’m not saying people can’t come out and sue him. Certainly if it happened to someone they have their right to file suit. However, coming from someone who is just repeating what is a known secret constitutes as hearsay and slander (defamation? I get them mixed up but you get the gist).

  15. ashipper says:

    I like this show and he is very good on it. Not at all easily replaceable, in my opinion. He has the most presence and the show revolves around him. I hope he learns his lesson and grows from this experience. I feel kinda bad for him.

  16. Chinoiserie says:

    If the ratings are already low ABC should just cancel the series since they are going down after this, the gay people probably do not want to support the show anymore and they are probably in the majority of the audience. Too bad for the crew however.

  17. Kerry says:

    Hell no, no sympathy.

    I’m 23 years old and I know how to act. I hate it when people are like “think about how/remember how you were/give them a break, they’re…”

    Bullshit. He should know better, he’s not a baby. He’s one of the leads on a show on a major network. He needs to act like it (professional).

  18. KBeth says:

    I have no idea who this kid is but he has a serious case of douche face.

  19. rudy says:

    This post makes me very angry.

    Noah Colvin, might have been abused by a very famous male producer. He has the guts to say it, but not the courage to keep it up.

    Do not bash him. Noah is a VICTIM. You do NOT have to be female to be a victim.

    • Veronica says:

      This post comfuses me. Did you mean Noah Galvin was a victim? Because there was nothing stated like that in an interview. He called out Singer’s possible assault charges – which is dangerous considering there was no conviction and can be argued as slander, although I’ll give him props for being honest in his anger about it. Either way, the controversy is over the PR mess, not suggesting anybody isn’t a victim because of their sex/gender.

  20. Meadow says:

    If the show is any good, simply replace him, no explanation to the public no BS about him moving on to other things , just continue the show with a new face…….everyone is expendable.

  21. iseepinkelefants says:

    Speaking of Alex P I recently had him come up in my Tinder pile (in Paris). Don’t know if it was really him but can’t imagine why any French guy would impersonate him to get dates on Tinder

  22. Veronica says:

    Pettyfer was completely stuck on himself – Noah might have been arrogant, but he was at least attacking real issues that he feels impact young gay men. I wouldn’t compare the two. I think the kid needs some serious PR training, but I don’t think he should lose his career.