(LOS ANGELES) — Emmy and Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin is denying a recent report of turmoil on the writing staff of HBO’s The Newsroom.
He told journalists at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Los Angeles Wednesday afternoon that a story he had the show’s entire writing staff fired after its critically uneven debut isn’t true.
Sorkin said the report was “unsourced” and “untrue,” as was its assertion that the only person he spared in the alleged bloodbath was his ex-girlfriend.
“I don’t have any ex-girlfriends in the writers’ room or anyone else on the show,” Sorkin insisted. “I don’t have any current girlfriends in the writers’ room or anyone else on the show.”
Sorkin said, however, that changes were made to the staff, but that included promotions for two assistant writers.
He explained, “With series television, at the end of each season, you get together with the producers and with the department heads, and you talk about ways that you can get better.”
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Frank Pallotta, CNN
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