The Slaying of Joss Whedon
In a new piece on the acclaimed Hollywood site, the organization cast a wide net to interview people associated with BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and ANGEL.
Both of those shows were hits in the late 1990s through the early 2000s.
Long term readers of the HORROR REPORT may recall author “Mr Benson” writing weekly takes on the episodes as their aired.
But producer and writer Whedon has been embroiled in an old fashioned Hollywood feeding frenzy since early winter.
Stars from both shows socially-media distanced themselves from him.
This event occurred after revelations of verbal abuse on the set.
Along with that, years of other allegations of bullying have followed Whedon in his career..
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
Interviews that Variety conducted with 11 individuals who worked directly on “Buffy” or “Angel,” or were closely familiar with the productions during their runs on The WB and UPN, painted a portrait of Whedon as a talented, collaborative writer-producer with a pattern of inappropriate, imperious and disparaging behavior toward those who worked for him. Whedon created a “cult of personality” around himself, according to these sources. Those on the inside of Whedon’s circle basked in his attention, praise and friendship; those on the outside got the opposite: scorn, derision and callousness. (Everyone Variety spoke with did so on condition of anonymity, either so they could speak freely or out of concern for their careers.)
Variety also reached out to 40 other actors, writers, producers and directors from “Buffy” and “Angel” — including Sarah Michelle Gellar, Michelle Trachtenberg, Amber Benson, Eliza Dushku, David Boreanaz and Alyson Hannigan — all of whom declined to participate in this story.
Sarah Michelle Gellar is reportedly severing her relationship with Whedon and future return shows…
INDEED…WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE..?
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