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Gossip Girl About to Get a Gay?

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Last October, I posted an interview in which Gossip Girl's Penn Badgley expressed hope that there might be a gay Gossip Girl character in seasons to come.

PennSaid Badgley of his character Dan's sexuality in the novels Gossip Girl is based on: "Yeah, I think [Dan's] straight-up gay in the books. But I don’t think network TV really has the balls to make one of their [teenage] series regulars gay. Let's say the show builds up to become a big hit, then I think they'd maybe explore it in year three or four. It would be an interesting thing to do. It could bring in a whole different demographic."

Well, according to TV Guide's Michael Ausiello, that may be happening much sooner:

"I'm hearing from an extremely reliable source that a male character on Gossip Girl will be revealed to be of the gay persuasion when the show returns on April 21. Who? Can't say. Won't say. It's too good a surprise. I will, however, offer five tantalizing clues.

Gossip• This person may or may not be pictured [here].
• The revelation significantly impacts the lives of at least three people.
• The aftershocks will be felt on both sides of the East River.
• Some viewers will be surprised by the twist, others not so much.
• In the Gossip Girl novels, Dan was known to be a bit of a switch hitter — which isn't so much a clue as it is a fact. A misleading fact? Perhaps. Perhaps not."

While it's tempting to wish that Nate or Dan will come out, the smart money's on the young, troubled Eric van der Woodsen, played by Connor Paolo.

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  1. They ALL ping off the meter!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Mar 24, 2008 8:55:31 AM


  2. " I don’t think network TV really has the balls to make one of their [teenage] series regulars gay. "

    um, Dawson's Creek.

    Posted by: A.J. | Mar 24, 2008 9:03:50 AM


  3. "according to TV Guide's Michael Ausiello,
    'I'm hearing from an extremely reliable source that a male character on Gossip Girl will be revealed to be of the gay persuasion."

    Apparently Mr. Ausiello didn't get the memo. Being gay is not a "persuasion."

    Posted by: voet | Mar 24, 2008 9:35:00 AM


  4. "Friendly Persuasion" starred Anthony Perkins.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Mar 24, 2008 12:17:17 PM


  5. Voet, Michael Ausiello is openly gay.

    I figured the gay character will be Erik if they go the safe route. When I watched the first few shows it seemed they were doing in that direction with his "troubles."

    Posted by: queendru | Mar 24, 2008 12:39:08 PM


  6. Considering the audience that watches that show is made up of mostly gays and 15 year-old girls, I'd say that's a logical choice.

    Posted by: Matty | Mar 24, 2008 1:14:18 PM


  7. what a dickhead has he even read the books, dan is no where near gay its chuck ppl need to be thinking about. This series is so pointless it's nothing like the books

    Posted by: jade | Mar 24, 2008 2:36:30 PM


  8. chuck is openly gay in the books.

    Posted by: chris-t | Mar 24, 2008 3:54:42 PM


  9. dan is openly gay. so are you

    Posted by: your dumb chris | Mar 24, 2008 8:37:59 PM


  10. dan thinks he's gay for like, HALF of the LAST book okay. then he hooks up with a guy and changes his mind... CHUCK on the other hand, gradually gets gayer and gayer until he's pretty much out. seriously. chuck gets super gay.

    Posted by: ........................ | Mar 24, 2008 11:18:16 PM


  11. ei... wat wudbe the next episode of gossip girl....rili rili love the story of this.... faboulous..... and i ril rili love dan(pennbadgley)hehe....more power


    LhAN ir!

    Posted by: lhan | Sep 24, 2008 3:17:18 AM


  12. ei... wat wudbe the next episode of gossip girl....rili rili love the story of this.... faboulous..... and i ril rili love dan(pennbadgley)hehe....more power


    LhAN ir!

    Posted by: lhan | Sep 24, 2008 3:19:17 AM


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