Silverman on the Attack in Esquire Interview
NBC Co-Head of Entertainment Ben Silverman has a reputation as a party animal, but he is also on the offensive, calling out his former boss, ABC Entertainment President Steve McPherson, as well as Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly in an interview with Esquire magazine.
“Traditionally, development executives rise through a specific subsection of the TV business—prime time, network, scripted programming. They’re basically D-girls,” Mr. Silverman told Esquire.
“That’s what Steve McPherson is, that’s what Kevin Reilly is. That’s bad vernacular, but they’re all D-girls,” Mr. Silverman is quoted as saying.
He’s using D-girl as a derogatory term for an attractive low-level female executive with little power.
The interview was posted on Esquire’s Web site today and is appearing in the magazine’s December issue, due on newsstands Nov. 17.
Mr. Silverman continued to rain insults on his former boss at ABC, Mr. McPherson, calling him a “moron” in the interview.
“I delivered him a huge hit that he didn’t want: ‘Ugly Betty.’ He hated the show, he didn’t want America Ferrera, he didn’t understand why I pitched it to him 17 times and wouldn’t stop,” Mr. Silverman said in the magazine.
“[Mr. McPherson] is a sad man, like a miserable guy stuck operating as an executive,” he continued.
Both Mr. McPherson and Mr. Reilly declined to comment on Mr. Silverman’s comments.