Aaron Sorkin, speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour, defended "The Newsroom" from criticism that the women on the show are less intellectual than the men, and also denied that he fired the show’s writing staff, reports TheWrap.com.
The high-profile drama series has polarized fans and critics alike, with some of its harshest critics in attendance at the TCA event.
Sorkin said all of the show’s characters are flawed, including Emily Mortimer’s Mackenzie MacHale, who is extremely qualified yet makes mistakes such as sending a personal email to the staff, according to the piece.
He also said he wanted to refute an "unsourced and untrue story on the Internet" that the show was firing most of its writing staff.
"The writing staff is not fired. And just seeing that in print is scaring the hell out of the writing staff. They’re acting very strange. They’re coming to work early, they’re being polite to me. … I love the writing staff," he said.
A couple of staff changes were made, including promoting two writers’ assistants to story editors, he said. He also denied that Corinne Kingsbury, one of the show’s writers, is his ex-girlfriend, as has been reported in the media.
"I think she’s at the beginning of a very exciting career and I would hate for this rumor or implication that she somehow got where she was for any reason other than merit to have to follow her around for the rest of her life," he said, according to the story.