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Hilary Duff thinks Disney dropped Love, Simon for the same reason the Lizzie McGuire reboot stalled

Vic Parsons February 26, 2020
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Hilary Duff at the Disney+ Showcase in California, 2019. (Frazer Harrison/Getty)

Hilary Duff has hinted that Disney dropped the new Love, Simon TV series for the same problematic reason that the Lizzie McGuire reboot has stalled.

The new TV show is called Love, Victor and is a spinoff of the movie, which was based on a book.

It emerged yesterday that the “family-focused” streaming service Disney+ had quietly ditched the series for being too “adult”.

Disney apparently dropped the TV show from its streaming service because it tackles themes of “sexual exploration” – and the sexual exploration in Love, Victor is that of the gay variety.

Specifically, the adult themes cited include alcohol use, marital issues among parents and “sexual exploration”, the outlet said. The source said that executives feared that families would not watch shows with such themes with “young kids”.

The 32-year-old Lizzie McGuire star shared a news headline about this controversy, which read: “Love, Simon TV show pulled from Disney+ as it’s not ‘family friendly’.”

In an Instagram story, Duff commented on the story, simply writing: “Sounds familiar…”

Hilary Duff’s Instagram story.

In October, it emerged that the Lizzie McGuire reboot would feature an openly gay character.

But then, in January 2020, the production of the reboot stalled after a lead TV writer quit.

Naturally, Duff’s cryptic Instagram story has led fans into the realms of wild online speculation.

In a statement, vice president of originals at Hulu said: “Love, Victor is funny, heartfelt and deeply affecting, and we were incredibly taken with the project.

“The show’s contemporary lens and honest storytelling make it a perfect fit for the millions of fans on Hulu who already watch and see themselves in series like Looking For AlaskaPen15 and Grown-ish.”

The first season of Love, Victor will feature ten episodes. Disney+ president content and marketing said: “With Hulu now an integral part of our streaming family, our teams are closely collaborating and we have the unique ability to choose the best home for our original productions.

“All of us at Disney+ are incredibly proud of Love, Victor and know the series will be a perfect addition to Hulu’s strong slate of young adult programming.”

More: Disney, hilary duff, lizzie mcguire, love, Simon, victor

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