Gossip Girl creators revealed they regret a lack of representation for LGBTI people and people of color throughout the show.
It’s been 10 years since the iconic television show first aired and the creators revealed they would have done a few things differently if they could do it all again.
In an interview with Vulture, co-creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, as well as executive producer Joshua Safran revealed all.
Safran said: ‘When I look back on Gossip Girl, the only things I regret were not as much representation for people of color and gay story lines.
‘Those are the two things I think we probably could have delved into more deeply,’ he revealed.
LGBTI representation in Gossip Girl
The show featured an out-gay character in the first four seasons, Eric van der Woodsen, played by Connor Paolo.
In the first season, Eric is forced out of the closet after being photographed kissing his secret boyfriend.
The show also showed same-sex kisses, like Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick) kissing Neal Bledsoe, a lawyer in the show.
There’s also a three-way kiss in season three, featuring Hilary Duff (Olivia), Penn Badgley (Dan) and Jessica Szohr (Vanessa).
The three take turns kissing one another, with Duff and Szohr sharing an innocent kiss.
For it’s time, the show created a lot of controversy for pushing the boundaries of sex. But the creators wished they could be more controversial, revealing a special deleted dildo scene.
In the episode where Georgina (Michelle Trachtenberg) is tormenting Serena from afar, one of the things she does is send her a box of dildos.
Safran said: ‘The deleted-scene version, which I don’t think we ever put anywhere, is hilarious because they’re like a foot and a half long.
‘Penn was really shocked,’ he revealed.
Read the full interview for more Gossip Girl fun facts.