Nicole Crowther, an extra who had worked on an upcoming episode of Glee, posted the names of the show's prom king and queen on Twitter. That act of spoiler blasphemy, punishable by stoning death in certain Middle Eastern countries, earned the ire of Glee co-creator Brad Falchuk, who tweeted back:
[H]ope you're qualified to do something besides work in entertainment...Who are you to spoil something talented people have spent months to create?
Yes, he actually took to Twitter to announce that this extra would never eat lunch in Hollywood again. Legally, though, the show has little recourse, as Crowther was merely a lowly day-player, and as such not bound by the standard, non-disclosure rules that apply to actors with speaking parts.
But Crowther's indiscretion may yet usher in an era of sweeping gag-order reform:
Fox will likely add a liquidated damages provisions to its Glee deals, meaning the studio could collect a pre-set amount of money from an offending leaker (and, more likely, prevent them from leaking in the first place out of fear).
But back to that Glee plot leak: Just who are William McKinley High's 2011 Prom King and Queen? Don't expect to find that information on Nicole's Twitter feed anymore, as it now appears to sleep with the whales. That Brad doesn't Falchuk around. [Reuters, photo via Fox.com]