"Ugly Betty" Actor: ABC was Uncomfortable with Gay Storylines


Ugly Betty was one of the most delicious shows in the history of television and certainly one of the most LGBT inclusive with a gay fashion assistant played by Michael Urie, a transsexual played by Rebecca Romijn and a gay teen played by Mark Indelicato.

But the show did seem to be moved around ABC’s prime-time schedule an awful lot in its final two seasons and it seemed to end prematurely after just four years.

Actor Eric Mabius, who played magazine publisher Daniel Meade on the show, shed some light on what was going on behind the scenes in an interview with Zap2It.com.

“I think there was a little bit too much alternative-lifestyle humor for a certain executive, but despite having no support from certain people, the fans really made a difference.”

“I’m pretty sure that the first teenage romantic kiss between two boys on network television was on our show, but did you hear anything about it? Was it promoted? The punishment was apparent every week. When they would run teasers for the next week’s episode of other shows, they didn’t even do those for us. That’s how little support we had. It’s short-sighted and silly. There was an undeniable feeling that the show was over at least a season early.”

Read more at Greg in Hollywood


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