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HBO’s Casey Bloys Apologizes for Pretend Tweets: “A Very, Very Dumb Thought”

For weeks HBO and Max CEO and Casey Bloys has been scheduled to offer a presentation to media in New York, sharing new footage from the community’s upcoming programming and answering questions. However solely yesterday did he probably understand how lots of the questions can be about him. Following Rolling Stone’s report that Bloys had instructed his staff to arrange faux social media accounts to answer critics who aggravated him, Bloys opened his presentation Thursday morning with an apology. 

Saying that he was spending an “unhealthy period of time scrolling via Twitter” in 2020 and 2021, Bloys admitted that the sock puppet Twitter accounts had been “a really, very dumb concept to vent my frustration.” Per Rolling Stone, on the time Bloys took challenge with critics like Vulture’s Kathryn VanArendonk, who was not a fan of flashbacks on Perry Mason, in addition to a evaluation of The Nevers by Rolling Stone’s Alan Sepinwall—who simply so occurred to be sitting in one of many entrance rows at Bloys’s presentation. 

“ that I’m a programming government, very, very passionate concerning the reveals that we resolve to do,” Bloys stated. “I need the reveals to be nice. I need folks to like them. I need you all to like them.” However whereas apologizing to the folks like Sepinwall who had been particularly talked about within the Rolling Stone report, Bloys stated he’s discovered extra constructive methods to interact with critics lately. “As lots of you realize, I’ve progressed over the previous couple of years to utilizing DMs. So now once I take challenge with one thing in a evaluation, or take challenge with one thing I see, I’ve DM’ed lots of you, and lots of of you’re gracious sufficient to interact with me in a back-and-forth. And I feel that’s most likely a a lot more healthy technique to go about this.”

Bloys’s requests for faux Twitter accounts had been revealed as a part of a wrongful-termination lawsuit from former HBO staffer Sully Temori. In accordance with the swimsuit, the requests got here to Temori through HBO senior vice chairman of drama programming Kathleen McCaffrey, who informed Temori in a textual content that Bloys was “obsessive about Twitter,” and “at all times needs to choose a battle on Twitter.” In accordance with Rolling Stone, legal professionals representing HBO have requested {that a} decide dismiss Temori’s criticism, with HBO denying “each allegation.”