Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Today's Blind Items - A Sordid History

You won't see any of this on that online tabloid site that normally would be all over this. They have been instructed by their higher up corporate bosses to stay quiet. If they get a chance, they can say something bad about any of the accusers. So far, they have not had a chance, but with several outstanding claims still to be settled, the corporation would love nothing more than to find some dirt on the people filing claims and have them splashed online.

There was a fairly popular cable show that this actor was headed for a promotion to series regular. Instead, he was fired. Reason? When he cornered an actress on the show and when she tried to resist his advances had her clothes torn from her body. Literally the dress was shredded and the bra torn in half. His explanation was that she had been teasing and flirting with him and wanted him but was playing hard to get. He knew she liked it rough and was just showing her she did.

Fast forward a year or two and our actor had another chance at promotion to series regular on a network hit. There was the extra he beat up because he felt the extra was making a move on a female extra that he was sure wanted to sleep with the actor. This was not his first incident on that show. Other female extras had complained he pressured women each week to have sex with him. If they didn't, he would harass them until they wanted to quit.

The firing he is most famous for though involved well over two dozen complaints including some that the company has paid out well over a million bucks to settle. Apparently the married actor felt like he was the boss and everyone worked for him or was there to serve his bidding. If you were a woman then you obviously wanted to sleep with him and if you didn't, he made your life crap. If you didn't do what he wanted and show him deference, he would make your life miserable. Violence was his number one method of it. There is not one person he has worked with in his last few jobs that has anything nice to say about him, but no one said anything to anyone else at any other show so he just moved from show to movie to show spreading disaster in his wake.

61 comments:

B626 said...

Rob Lowe?

totaji said...

I believe this one came up before but no one could figure it out. It’s light on solid clues.

MDAnderson said...

Thomas Gibson???

Geeljire said...

Rob Lowe on Parks and Rec?
He has a history of skating by on this shit
Must be the power of Martin Sheen's dong or something, idk

Geeljire said...

Is this why Rashaida started doing commercials instead of TV shows?

J said...

Apex predator Aziz Ansari?

totaji said...

He got his own show. And was regular on Parks.

DotDotDot said...

Kudos to those who complained. Shame shame on those who didn’t.

DotDotDot said...

Really? I think some of the workers/actresses could take him on.

sandybrook said...

I wanted to say Masterson but he really doesn't fit. I guess the tabloid site is TMZ and Time Warner Media. So it's somebody they use\used in the past on a cable network show, and someone who might have been fired from a show on Fox.

sandybrook said...

Clayne Crawford?

andrea said...

Rob Lowe was a regular on P&R? Was in/credited for 76 episodes but left a season before the show ended. Maybe the firing the last paragraph is alluding to?

This blind seems to say that the accusations are public already? I also agree totaji, I feel like I have read this before. Maybe it’s the cold I have though!

andrea said...

Is Aziz really a predator? From what I’ve seen it just seemed like a bad date and nothing more came out about him that I recall?

Tricia13 said...

JR Ferguson-MadMen/January Jones/ then the Real O’Neal’s

Ophelia said...

@andrea I don't think anything else has come out about Aziz but I recall being unsettled by some of his stand up routines almost shaming famous actresses for not returning his advances or not wanting to date him (Blake & I wanna say Emma Stone).

Not proof of anything of course except maybe narcissism

Cail Corishev said...

Such a healthy community, where people never warn each other this kind of thing is coming their way. It's easy to see why we should let them instruct the rest of us on how to live and run a country.

Sara, Making It Work said...

Jay R Ferguson was on Mad Men til the finale. Not him. But I was trying to see if anyone there fits. It's a big cast.
Anyway, I think the cable show might be a bit older than that.

Sara, Making It Work said...

@sandybrook,
Dozens of complaints sure makes it sound like Crawford. But i don't know if the rest fits.

Schneiderisnext said...

Aziz loves R Kelly...just sayin

pricksongs said...

Aziz was a regular on P&R to the end so it's not him

Sunspirit said...

Bradley Whitford

Sara, Making It Work said...

Aziz doesn't even come close to fitting these clues.

Melissa said...

Rob Lowe doesn't work. If the Cable show was Californication then the previous show would have been Brother's and Sisters but he was on 76 episodes.

The key might be to figure out what online tabloid isn't talking because of who owns them. TMZ is owned by Warner Bros so this will probably be a WB property of some kind (a show they produce or something on the CW). I'd start with stuff in that area since the WB would be pressuring TMZ not to name the guy, and to make the accusers look bad.

Flashy Vic said...

Piven?

Sara, Making It Work said...

If Mad Men, it's gotta be somebody like James Wolk (Bob Benson) or Ben Feldman (Ginsberg). Somebody who appeared for a little while, then stopped.
I think it's likely older than Mad Men though, because it sounds like the network gigs came after. If cases are still being resolved it's probably recent.

SDaly said...

Columbus Short?

Melissa said...

What about Mark Sheppard. He has done a lot of guest stuff on shows (Leverage, Battlestar) and was on Supernatural for a long time. Was recently fired when his character died, and was adamant that he would never be returning to the show.

Ophelia said...

What about Isaiah Washington? Married and never seems to stay with a show very long

andrea said...

Actor in question is married so that eliminates Piven the slime ball

s.s. said...

Why would a network blow a million bucks on settlements and yet keep bringing him back if he wasn't A list at least ?

Sara, Making It Work said...

Excellent question.

SDaly said...

I was also thinking Isaiah Washington, bud didn't see a cable show that fit.

Phelps said...

Jeffrey Tambor?
Fairly popular cable show headed for promotion: Psyche
Year later network hit: Law and Order SVU
Famous Firing: Transparent

Reason it's being covered up: Arrested Development. Season 5

totaji said...

Letter rating is conspicuously missing

Sara, Making It Work said...

@Phelps, I think you have it!
Seems so obvious now. Tambor was right under our noses the whole time.

totaji said...

He was a regular on AD. Part of the blind is that the person in question didn’t become a regular.

Sara, Making It Work said...

AD was left out of the blind completely. The infractions were on other shows.

baltic_salt said...

aziz ansari is not married

Carrie said...

Columbus Short

andrea said...

Amazon would shell out cash to keep people quiet and their show going.

Ali said...

Would Mad Men be classified a CABLE show?

I thought AMC was some crap-tier network?

Spider Rico said...

Lowe Tambor or Ansari are not beating anyone up or using violence. Someone else. Tambor is gay as well.

Brayson87 said...

@Ali, AMC is considered cable, stuff like HBO or Showtime are pay cable.

Into the Badlands and Preacher are pretty good.

Unknown said...

Idk if this too obvious, but the line “Splashed online” caught my eye. Isn’t there a gossip website: Splash Online or something like that? Idk I’m new- throw me out if I’m a tard :/

Mad Hominem said...

I find it hard to believe that Jeffrey Tambor could have enough clout to just skate on situations like this.

Happy Housewife said...

I sincerely hope not!!

DDonna Tarttty said...

"Why would a network blow a million bucks on settlements and yet keep bringing him back if he wasn't A list at least ?"

The answer is in your initials, @s.s. -- this is all secret society stuff. Very good chance this actor, whoever it is, has risen high in one of the secret societies, and done horrible things that merit special treatment.

All the more reason to want to know who this is. Many good guesses here.

Sal Salington said...

If they're physically beating males and not getting their ass kicked, it's someone a bit more...fit than Tambor.

shakey said...

If this is all common knowledge, then can it be revealed Jan 1st?

I like the Bradley Whitford guess, but I'm not sure he fits.

Candyzeit said...

I like the Tambor guess.
But I'll throw out Michael Muhney. Veronica Mars for the first show, The Young and the Restless for the second.

Drizzleborn, Breaker of Beermugs and Mother of Squirrels said...

I think @sandybrook nailed this one.

Clayne Crawford: co-star of Lethal Weapon (Fox), married to Sunshine Kiki Brown since 2004.

Was in 29 episodes of Rectify, a Sundance TV series, 2013-2015 (and nominated for a TV Critics' Choice Award); then was in three episodes of NCIS: New Orleans in 2015, all while appearing in movies regularly until 2017.

An angry Damon Wayans has described Crawford as “uninsurable...has a file of infractions” : https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2018/05/15/lethal-weapon-damon-wayans-clayne-crawford-twitter-lance-henriksen/610487002/

Pretty sure this is our guy.

totaji said...

And of course he has a mustache! We found our man.

Dusty Fairy said...

Tambor is gay? He lives in Westchester with his wife and kids. There were also Scio rumblings about him...

Melvin The Reanimated said...

I wasn't sure if Rectify was a big enough hit, but Crawford dies seem to fit the profile. A lot.

Sekrit said...

Haven't double-checked some things but TJ Miller?

90210 Under Fire said...

Yes, it's true. It's him. Sean Hayes. That lech just can't keep his hands off the ladies!

Oh alright, maybe it's Chazz Palminteri ("Rizzoli & Isles" - fairly popular cable show; "Modern Family" - network hit; famous firing as a doorman).

SteveD said...

Clayne Crawford was on Rectify through the final episode. It was only "fairly popular" among critics. Viewership was less than 200,000.

Sara, Making It Work said...

Rectified might not be the right show, but Crawford was on 3 episodes of Justified in 2012.

trigger said...

The news comes days after Crawford was fired from the Fox series following bad behavior on set. The actor recently apologized for two incidents for which he was reprimanded during the sophomore season. Warners on Sunday confirmed Crawford will not return to the drama with a statement: "Warner Bros. Television has decided not to renew Clayne Crawford’s contract for Lethal Weapon." https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/clayne-crawford-responds-lethal-weapon-firing-1111487

Vanessa Ives said...

I don't think this is Clayne Crawford. The blind says, "There is not one person he has worked with in his last few jobs that has anything nice to say about him", but after the LW firing, there were a lot of actors who worked with him who came out publicly to support him and have his back.

Jillianne6 said...

Mark Sheppard is gay and out.

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