90210 Gay Storyline, Character: Explained by Producer

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This wasn't the plan.

That's what 90210 Rebecca Sinclair admits in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly. Going into detail about the major season three spoiler that has already leaked online, the producer explains why she chose to make Teddy Montgomery gay.

In a revelation that isn't comforting to fans that fear the show often makes developments up as it goes - focusing on shock value over consistent, logical storytelling - Sinclair says Trevor Donovan's character was NOT written as gay when he first arrived.

What happened since? Why did she make this decision? Read on. Find out.

Why wait a full season to reveal Teddy's sexuality? [We wanted] to play a coming out story that features a kid we already knew. Instead of his sexuality being the first and defining characteristic, we’ve already gotten a chance to know Teddy before he explores his sexuality. Teddy’s an athlete, he’s a famous guy’s son, he’s blonde and hunky and yes, he also has a sexual orientation and that’s a huge part of his life. In a lot of ways I think that’s more interesting than Teddy is a gay athlete, a gay famous guy’s son and a blonde and hunky gay gentleman.

Teddy and His Dad

Was Teddy always meant to be gay? No. We thought he was just a womanizer. But then - and this often happens with characters - we started to wonder about the deeper life of the character. Was he a womanizer, or was he really covering for something?

How will the story unfold? As a top-tier athlete and the son of a famous - and famously womanizing - actor, Teddy has always felt the need to keep up appearances. He’s had trouble reconciling the image that the world has of him with his own true sense of self. And he’s worked hard to repress whatever homosexual feelings he’s had.

But early on in this season, something shakes up the structure of his life. With stability and routine out the window, he has trouble repressing who he really is. He acts impulsively and ends up hooking up with a guy. So it’s less of an epiphany than an impulsive act that sets things in motion.

What do you think, fans? Do these answers make you more or less excited for season three, which premieres on September 13? Visit EW for the full interview and sound off on it in our 90210 forum!

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Teddy gay? Serious? Doesn't fit his character at all! It just doesn't feel right; Seeing him pick up guys for dinner, or kiss other dudes. Wtf?! Pn top of that he seems way too comfortable way too soon, in his "new" found sexuality. He stopped hangin with the guys, and either chills with silver or his many boyfriends. I'm not a homophobe (my brother's gay) but this just feels wrong. P.s. and Navid & Silver? Serious...that's equally retarded. I don't blame Aid for being angry! That was her man! And her best friend took him. And when did Navid become such a stud? I don't even see how they're all still friends...Dixon dated Silver,Silver dated Teddy, Silver dated Navid, Navid dated Aid...name one group of friends you know that's does that? (silver's kind of a hoe-I guess she's Kelly sister after all!)

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please guys do not be a homophobic accept gay people or lesbians, what really impotant is who you are, if a person is nice and generoius even if he is a gay i would accpet him please stop being a homophobic i beg you.

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OH MY GOD, you guys I cannot belive you guys are so homophobic, don't you think by saying these kind of things hurts feelings of other gay pople you ugys are messed up be muture and quit being a homophobic. I think this movie is awesome it shows what gay pople think AND IT IN COURAGES GAY POEOPLE TO STAND OUT AND SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES AND NOT TO HIDE THINGS SO PLEASE BE NICE !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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How can you say that it is going down hill?! You simple minded idiots! Do you not watch telly? Things happen like this in most TV dramas! Doesn't take a genius to work out that it would of eventually happened here! And also I do think that this storyline will be interesting... To see someone who isn't a stereotypical Gay. There are thousands of people out there who are actually going through the same thing, I may help someone. So I'm my opinion... Get a life you sad irritating people... And im not being funny but i don't think they are going to run and cry at the loss of a few simple minded viewers! :)

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I do not like the storyline with Teddy being Gay. I really enjoyed the old Teddy and I don't understand how this writer can just wake up one day and says I want Teddy to be gay and bamm he is Gay. Teddy was a great character and had wonderful s/l. The writer mess up his s/l by putting him with Silver when she shouldve been letting him and Naomi hook up for a while then move him own to someone new (female). I do not want to see Teddy kissing Ian or even being gay. I love him better straight and playing the field/ Nothing about this character lead up to him being gay until the last episode of season 2 all of a sudden. If this the way the writer wanted Teddy she should've made him gay from day one. If this continue I will no longer watch this show because the gay s/l does not fit the show at all. This was my #1 show to watch, but now Its so sicknening for me to watch. Writer I hope you read this and go back and look at the mess you made of the show and if you loose ratings and get cancelled just know its because of changing Teddy s/l to being gay. :|

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Samantha, you're a homophobic you know what. Just putting that out there. How small minded to make a hasty generalization of the world as a whole assuming nobody wants to see gay people kiss. If your personality matches your looks, I doubt anybody would like to see your love life unravel. About Teddy being gay, I think it's interesting that finally a character isn't there to be the gay stereotype people (samantha) tend to focus on. I think it will be interesting because Unlike Adrianna being ok with her sexuality, Teddy will obviously struggle. Those who think 90210 is going downhill, why in the world are you spending your time looking up information on it? Bored with your life? Turning to the tube? If you don't like it, go throw a football, or in Samanthas case, go find a gay person to make fun of. I really don't care, I just personally think if you're a fan of 90210, you're a fan of juice (as that's what the original was all about) and the plotlines coming from the 3rd season is just that, REALLY juicy.

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I watched the first few episodes of the show and never really liked it but a mate brought my attention to how this storyline was going to unfold and i love it so the show has def gained a viwer!!

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I liked the relationship between Teddy and Silver.....as well as Liam and Annie. Why do these producers want to turn everyone gay all of a sudden? Shock value won't do much for long when you don't have any idea of where you are going with the storyline. Teddy was a good character and they are going to ruin him. I bet these producers would have turned Luke Perry gay in the original show. Maybe there are some producers who need to come out of the closet or something? I'm done watching this show. It had potential at first, but the potential has been flushed down the toilet IMO. Furthermore, where in the hell is Rob Estes? Did they just take him off the show and are now pretending he never existed? I see this show being cancelled before long.

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THis is nasty, I will never watch this show when he comes out as a gay man!! that just ruins the whole image that I had of teddY. wHo do you think you are producers ruining his image!!!!! we do not like watching gay people kiss or aa you americans say ''hooking up!!'' thats nasty you lost a viewer!!

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As every one else mentioned, this show is nothing but a string of teenage plotlines thrown, no real love, mix and match of couples, gay line lesbian line rape, superficiality... who even watches this show now? when it opened it was about 2 kids from kansas struggling with change... oh they've changed alright so much so that i cant even recognise them anymore..... this show had great potential but now is simply sucky

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