Norman Reedus has lashed out at claims that he would be unhappy if his Walking Dead character Daryl Dixon is shown to be gay as “total BS”.
Series creator Robert Kirkman recently responded to questions about Daryl’s sexuality in issue 130 of the Walking Dead comic series.
“We have very specific ideas about Daryl’s sexuality (or the seeming lack thereof), and if there’s ever a quiet period in the show where he’s not consistently distracted by crossbowing… we’ll tackle it in the show,” Kirkman said.
Asked if AMC would allow Daryl to be gay, he added: “For the record, they absolutely would.”
Reedus took to twitter in order to dismiss and article in inquisitr, which claimed that he’d object if his character turned out gay as “Total BS.”
The report claimed that Reedus feared a “same-sex shocker would hurt ratings by disappointing his legions of female fans”.
The supposed insider added that “Norman isn’t anti-gay in his personal life, but he’s become one of the biggest male sex symbols in television”.
“He gets thousands of fan letters from women each week – along with dozens of marriage proposals,” they allegedly added.
In a recent interview with GQ, Reedus said: “I remember [first showrunner] Frank Darabont, after the first season we were at a party in LA. He said, ‘I’ve got an idea for Daryl. He’s gay. Would you be interested in that?’
“I was like, ‘Let me hear you out’. He said, ‘Well, he’s prison gay – like, you’ll catch him looking at a member of the same sex, but if you mention it to him, he’ll just stab you and be like, ‘What the f**k?’ – he will never admit it’.
“I was like, ‘That’ll blow minds – let’s do that’. And he said, ‘I knew I hired you for a reason’.”