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'Gossip Girl' Producer Reveals Mystery Blogger's Identity Was Almost Completely Different!


Gossip Girl almost ended completely differently!

Seven years after the hit series ended in 2012, writer and executive producer Joshua Safran revealed during Vulture Festival that the identity of the mystery blogger was almost completely different.

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In the series finale, Penn Badgley, who played Dan Humphrey, was unveiled as the mystery blogger.

“Dan was not my intended Gossip Girl,” he admitted.

Instead, he wanted it to be Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively)’s own brother, Eric (Connor Paolo).

“We worked hard to kind of lay in tiny seeds about it being Eric, and then the NY Post wrote an article saying that Gossip Girl was Eric so we were like, ‘We gotta scratch that.’ Then…one of the writers realized that Nate had never sent a tip in to Gossip Girl, which is true at least through the end of season five. Nate never sent in a tip in through all of those episodes, which is when we’re like, ‘Oh, well then he’s Gossip Girl,’” he went on to explain.

“I like to joke that Dan was Gossip Girl because I had left the show by then. But, I understand why Dan was Gossip Girl. I just had my heart set on Nate.”

READ MORE: ‘Gossip Girl’ Reboot Will Be More Diverse: ‘The Leads Are Nonwhite’

'Gossip Girl' Reboot Will Be More Diverse: 'The Leads Are Nonwhite'

The upcoming Gossip Girl reboot is set to more accurately reflect the diversity of New York City.

Writer and producer Joshua Safran just revealed that the cast of the new HBO Max show will include more representation.

“There was not a lot of representation the first time around on the show. Even when I went to private school in New York in the ‘90s, the school didn’t necessarily reflect what was on Gossip Girl. So, this time around the leads are nonwhite,” Joshua said during Vulture Festival.

He added that “there’s a lot of queer content on this show.”

“It is very much dealing with the way the world looks now, where wealth and privilege come from, and how you handle that. The thing I can’t say is there is a twist, and that all relates to the twist,” Joshua teased.

READ MORE: Find out what famous original cast member will be returning for the reboot

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Kristen Bell to Reprise Role for 'Gossip Girl' Reboot!

The Gossip Girl reboot has a familiar face set to return: Kristen Bell!

If you don’t know, Gossip Girl is returning in a reboot form on the upcoming streaming service HBO Max.

Kristen played the narrator in the original series, and will be back for the new show in a deal that was in the making for months, THR reports.

Kristen Bell has always been and will always be the voice of Gossip Girl,” the producers said in a statement.

The new show will take place 8 years after the original series and feature a whole new cast of characters – minus Kristen of course. It’s unclear if any of the original stars like Blake Lively and Leighton Meester will cameo.

Chace Crawford Says 'Gossip Girl' Reboot Makes Him 'Feel Old'!

Chace Crawford is opening up about the upcoming Gossip Girl reboot!

During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on Thursday (August 1), the 34-year-old The Boys star was asked about Gossip Girl returning as a new series heading to HBO Max.

“No one called me! I was really upset about it,” Chace said. “No, I’m teasing. It’s great.”

HBO Max announced plans earlier this month for a reboot of the iconic CW teen drama, with original creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage tied to the project. It will feature a brand-new cast of teens enjoying their privileged lives on New York City’s Upper East Side.

“You know, I could maybe come back and play a father or something,” Chace Crawford joked on WWHL. “It’d be nice. When I first heard about it, it just made me feel old. I was like, ‘Oh my God. They’re already remaking our show, that’s a lot of fun’.”

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'Gossip Girl' Creator Reveals What to Expect from Reboot Series

It was recently announced that Gossip Girl will be returning to television with a reboot series on the upcoming streaming platform HBO Max.

Josh Schwartz, one of the co-creators of the original CW series, is opening up about his and producing partner Stephanie Savage‘s vision for the new show.

Stephanie and I have been talking about it off for the last couple of years and obviously we’ve seen more shows get revisited and there are people on social media asking for it,” Josh said (via Deadline). “We felt that a version with just our cast grown up, regardless of the challenges of getting those actors, didn’t feel like a group of adults controlled by ‘gossip girl’ made much sense. We felt there was something interesting that we are all ‘gossip girl’ in our own way and how that’s evolved, morphed and mutated and telling that story through a new generation of Upper East Side high school kids felt right.”

The producers have reached out to the stars of the original series and offered them the chance to be involved.

“If they want to be involved in some way – we’ve reached out to them, we’d love them to be involved but we didn’t want to make it contingent. It’d be great to see them again,” he added.

Kristen Bell Talks Possible Return for 'Gossip Girl' Reboot!

Kristen Bell is opening up about the upcoming Gossip Girl reboot!

During a recent interview, the 39-year-old actress kept mum when asked if she would be returning for the new series heading to HBO Max.

“Maybe,” Kristen teased to E! News. “I’ll never tell.”

Kristen voiced Gossip Girl the entire run of the show. On the series finale back in 2012, Kristen made a brief appearance as herself running lines with Rachel Bilson.

It is being reported that the Gossip Girl reboot will take place after the series finale and will follow a new generation of New York private school teens.

If she can’t voice Gossip Girl, Kristen did share who she wants to take on the role.

“James Earl Jones,” Kristen Bell suggested. “It’s gotta be, yeah.”