The one person (sans Chris Goutman) everyone was hoping to hear from since the ending of As the World Turns, head writer, Jean Passanante has surfaced for a doozy of an interview with the LGBT Entertainment News site, AfterElton.com. In it, she opened up about the decision to ”kill-off ” Reid, leave Luke bereft and alone, and assorted other questions that have been maddening, and frustrating for most LuRE, Nuke, straight and gay viewers, in one way or another. Here we go with some stunner excerpts below!
Passanante if she is aware of the huge fan backlash from killing Reid: “I am aware of it. I was at the Paley Center doing a panel and a couple of people kind of accosted me – this is before it even aired. … The fact that it happened to be a gay guy that died is completely arbitrary and coincidental. I’m a little stunned that there’s this attitude that, you know, we can’t interrupt a gay romance, as if we haven’t done exactly that with straight romances.”
Passanante on if she understood how upsetting it was to kill one of the gay characters off the show who were in love: “We have three gay characters on the show, and one of them died, so I don’t think we can be blamed for killing off the gay characters because we don’t know what to do with them. We certainly have the sense that Luke will go on and he’s proudly gay and openly out and everything else, and that Noah is as well, and that their lives will continue and perhaps intersect. Never ever ever crossing anyone’s mind was ‘Oh thank God, let’s get rid of the gay guy before he can have a really great relationship with Luke.’ It just couldn’t be further from the truth. We had a great couple there and we knew it. We were killing ourselves that the show was coming to an end because let me tell you, I would have loved to have written the hell out of that thing for you. Really. So it wasn’t something we set out to do to annihilate the gay guy, and people must know that. If it did add to a media stereotype, of course that’s horrible and I do feel terrible about that, but that was certainly never the intention. I do think we got a great story out of him and he became kind of a heroic character.”
Passanante on what she may have done differently looking back now, regarding the end of Reid: “Emotionally, watching the goodbye scenes with Reid, I thought ‘oh God, we could have had another week out of them.’ So believe me, I understand. I’m crying thinking about it. But you do make a lot of sacrifices for story and I do think we would have done the same thing if it’d been a straight guy and a straight woman, you know, in a similar kind of a romance. We probably would have played it exactly the same way. That’s all I can say, and yes, it’s easy for me to say from the perspective of not being gay.”
Make sure to read the full feature with Jean on more of her thoughts on the decision making process of the final story involving, Luke, Reid and Noah. Then, let us know if you are satisified with the explanation, or not.