Star A of a popular ensemble television series was tired of living a double life, and was all set to come out of the closet in a very public way.
When they heard about this, Network A saw red, convinced that the disclosure would negatively impact both the cast dynamic and the ratings. They used a research team to analyze the impact the announcement might have on both the star and the show. The results were not good. They pleaded with Star A to stay quiet. Star A refused. They threatened to have Star A’s character written off on the show. Although that threat hit close to home – as the producers had no problem doing the same to a former star of the show – Star still refused.
Desperate to prevent the announcement, Network A reached out to Network B, a competitor. Why? because Star A’s Significant Other was the lead character on a show on Network B. The outing of Star A would logically result in the outing of Star B. Networks A and B were in complete agreement with each other. They went to work on their respective stars, each telling their Star that both jobs and both shows would be in jeopardy if they proceeded.
That threat worked. Not wanting to lose the best gigs each had ever had, Star A and Star B reluctantly retreated back into the closet. Not only that, the constant fighting over the situation caused the two to break up. Star B is now starring on another series. Star A has added a real-life husband and kid(s) to complete her heterosexual image. Sigh. It takes a lot of work to keep up the veneer of the perfect wife and mother.
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