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.
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…