Earlier this year, more allegations came out about Buffy The Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon being a boss with the social graces of a rabid squirrel. And as charming as that may seem, it doesn’t work on set when you’re primarily being mean to the women who don’t want to fuck you. Poor little rich man. Former stars of the show, like Charisma Carpenter and Danny Strong, have already mentioned him as being a tyrant toward some of the actors. However, the star of the show Sarah Michelle Gellar has only offered support and never spoken out directly. UNTIL NOW! But then again, not really.
A new book about the making of Buffy The Vampire Slayer by Evan Ross Katz called Into Every Generation a Slayer Is Born: How “Buffy” Staked Our Hearts is out. And in the book, various stars from the series talk about the allegations that Joss Whedon was Joss The Nerves Slayer on set by treating some actors like shit. We’ve already heard stories of Joss’ alleged toxic behavior from Charisma Carpenter and Michelle Trachtenberg, and plenty of other stars have shown their support to the actors who chose to speak out. Now, even more people are dunking on Joss in the new book, like Buffy actors Emma Caulfield and Danny Strong. So let’s read more about how Joss is a shitty person, shall we?
Earlier this month Charisma Carpenter came forward with allegations of toxic bullying and general dickery against Buffy and Angel showrunner Joss Whedon. Since then, several actors and former co-workers have also spoken out. And now Variety has published an exposé on Joss. The magazine spoke with 11 anonymous people who either worked on Buffy and Angel or were “closely familiar with the productions during their runs.” They also reached out to 40 others, including Sarah Michelle Gellar, Michelle Trachtenberg, Amber Benson, Eliza Dushku, David Boreanaz, and Alyson Hannigan, but they declined to comment for the story.
The thesis is: Joss Whedon was a cruel asshole who was both “feared and idolized” by the actors on the show. He ran an inappropriate, chaotic set, played favorites like a high school mean girl, had affairs with women under him (somewhere ex-wife Kai Cole is framing this story), and knew how to turn on the charm, or “manage up”, for the network higher-ups. Variety says it in their opening line: “it turns out the real-life big bad” on Buffy was Joss himself.
More Former “Buffy” Cast Members Speak Out Against Joss Whedon’s Alleged On-Set Bullying (As Others Stay Tight-Lipped)
“Tight-lipped” is probably how Joss Whedon wished everyone who spent any time on the Buffy The Vampire Slayer set chose to operate their lips. Because many people have been coming forward with their own stories about him, after getting inspired by Charisma Carpenter’s brave choice to confirm what Ray Fisher, Gal Gadot, and Joss’s own ex-wife have been telling us for years. Which is that the only thing more splintery, damaging, and hard to handle than Joss Whedon’s out of control ego, was the wooden vampire stakes from the prop department. More have come to Charisma’s defense. But there are still some who have yet to add their thoughts.
Michelle Trachtenberg Says That Joss Whedon Wasn’t “Allowed In A Room Alone” With Her While Working On “Buffy”
Earlier this week, Charisma Carpenter pulled a Cordelia Chase and spoke out the alleged absuive ways of Buffy The Vampire Slayer creator, Joss Whedon. Charisma co-signed Ray Fisher‘s account of Joss and accused him of being one of the most toxic assholes she’s ever worked with. She claimed Joss went out of his way to punish her for getting pregnant while she was working on Angel, which cost Charisma her job (and ruined the plot). And now, Michelle Trachtenberg, who played Buffy’s younger sister Dawn Summers at 15 years of age, has said that Joss was “not allowed” to be “alone” in a room with her. I wish it was something like, “it’s because Joss cusses a lot and he shouldn’t swear in front of a teen,” but like… it’s probably not…
Add Charisma Carpenter to the growing list of actors who claim Joss Whedon is a toxic asshole who abuses his power. She joins the recently fired Ray Fisher, Joss’ ex-wife Kai Cole, and Wonder Woman Gal Gadot. Charisma, who played Cordelia on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, released a statement on Twitter and Instagram detailing Joss’ alleged on-set bullying. She claims he was “casually cruel”, pitted people against each other, created “hostile and toxic work environments”, and harassed and fired her when she got pregnant during Angel’s fourth season. Oh, and he asked Charisma if she was “going to keep” the baby, calling her fat when she was four months along and just 126 pounds. Thiiiis biiiiitch.