Jeff Gaspin had some pointed words for showbiz journos, and wannabes, during the ADL’s kudofest Thursday at the BevWilshire.
Accepting his award from “Chuck” star Zachary Levi, the NBC Universal Television Entertainment chairman decried the “unending race to be first” among the growing number of blogs, websites and other outlets covering showbiz.
“It’s not just the hateful stories, but the nameless postings that follow afterward,” he said. “They are often hurtful, dangerous and sometimes even destructive.”
The work that the Anti-Defamation League has done to bring attention to the problems of cyber hate is important he said, quickly acknowledging that intramural Hollywood gossip is nothing compared to “hate based on religion, on race, (or) a bully you can’t leave behind if you make it safely to your doorstep because he, or she, is waiting in your room or you computer.”
Gaspin’s stand against snark comes as there is no shortage of windy speculation about the future of top NBC execs, including his own fate, as Comcast prepares to take over the Peacock.
Howie Mandel emceed the evening that saw plenty of NBC U stars and execs turn out to support Gaspin, including Amy Poehler, Jason Ritter and Peter Krause. – — Alexa Harrison