The reporters were quite respectful, however. And before they had much of a chance to grill Sorkin, the writer went on the offensive, saying a widely cited media report incorrectly claimed he fired his writing staff. “A couple of weeks ago, an un-sourced and untrue story appeared on the Internet that got repeated all over the place,” Sorkin said. “The writing staff was not fired … 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 want the old gang back. I love the writing staff.”
Last month, an online publication claimed Sorkin had fired nearly all of The Newsroom writers. At the time, an HBO source confirmed some writers were being let go, but said that the body count wasn’t as high as what had been reported. Sorkin told reporters Wednesday that “a couple” staff changes were made, including some promotions. Sorkin also noted that the original report identified one staff writer as his “ex-girlfriend,” a characterization he said is incorrect.
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