Ed Westwick Responds To Backlash Following 'Gossip Girl' Announcement

Katie O'Malley


Updated June 16: Ed Westwick has responded to backlash he received from Gossip Girl fans after he seemingly teased a possible reunion between the cast.

On Sunday, the actor shared a black image on his Instagram account with the letters ‘XOXO’, resulting in fans of the TV show to speculate that a reunion was on the horizon.

‘Got a little something for you...Tomorrow 1pm.. Hint....xoxo,’ he captioned the photo.

On Monday, the British star surprised fans to announce a new line of face masks with the 'XOXO' logo, rather than news of a cast meet-up.

'We could all agree the world could use some hugs & kisses right now [sic],' Westwick began his message announcing the news.

'Help me raise money for @kickitout to combat racism & discrimination for those who play, watch or work in football by shopping my collection ChuckBass.store [sic],' he added.

The star explained that the designs are on sale for $14.99 (£11.87). According to the website, Kick It Out is an English football organisation focussed on equality and inclusion.

While some users supported the star’s decision to use his platform to help support the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd, others expressed their annoyance that Westwick suggested a reunion could be happening.

‘You really thought it was a good idea to put xoxo in a post with an announcement and it wasn’t even gossip girl,’ one user wrote.

Another added: ‘Actually devastated that this is the announcement.’

Responding to disappointed Gossip Girl fans following his announcement, Westwick wrote on Instagram Stories: ‘For those of you that are upset about teasing my collection with the design graphic to raise money for @KickItOut: I hope you can check out the charity and learn more about their mission, who they are helping and the impact it will make in our world to combat racism and discrimination.

'It is important to me to use my platform to spread love, bring awareness to various organisations and do what I can to make a difference. Love, Ed.’

Photo credit: Ed Westwick - Instagram

He noted that a ‘GG reboot would be a great distraction’ but that this is ‘not the time for distractions’.

'It is important we focus on the issues at hand, and do what we can to help, even if we think it’s something small,' Westwick concluded.

Listen up, Upper East Siders.

British actor Ed Westwick was just spotted on Twitter teasing a potential Gossip Girl reunion, and we have our headbands at the ready.

On Sunday, the actor – who played Chuck Bass in the hit series – sent fans of the show into a tailspin when she shared an image on social media of a black square with pink letters that read ‘XOXO’.

If you don’t know, the phrase refers to Gossip Girl’s infamous sign-off in the series.

‘Got a little something for you…tomorrow 1pm,’ he captioned the graphic on Twitter and Instagram.

Unsurprisingly, the impromptu post made Gossip Girl fans speculate that a cast reunion might be on its way on Monday June 15.

A reunion would mark the first time Blake Lively and Leighton Meester have appeared together on screen since the show finished in 2012.

What's suspicious is that none of the other cast members from the show have shared information about a possible reunion. Perhaps Westwick’s post refers to a solo Gossip Girl-inspired project?

The news comes days after fans spotted a second wardrobe malfunction in the show and following the postponement of the show’s modern-day reboot amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The original series ran from 2007 to 2012 and followed the lives of a group of elite teenagers in New York City. Rather than post rumours and teen scandals on Facebook, the group’s antics were mysteriously shared by a character known as Gossip Girl.

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While members of the original cast - including Lively, Meester and Westwick - were asked to return for the reboot, it is believed that none of them will be reprising their former roles.

Speaking to E! at the premiere of her action-film The Rhythm Section earlier this year, the mother-of-three addressed rumours she may reprise her role as Serena van der Woodsen in the upcoming series.

'It sort of all depends,’ she said. ‘Would I do seven years of the show? No, because it's hard work and I've got my babies and I don't want to be away from them that much. But I've just learned in life you never say never.’

Photo credit: James Devaney - Getty Images

In the years since the series wrapped, Lively has forged a successful career in Hollywood and married Ryan Reynolds, Meester has appeared in several TV shows and married The OC's Adam Brody, while Penn Badgley has starred in the hugely successful You series on Netflix.

Westwick has also had a number of acting roles since GG, including in television show White Gold and the movie Enemy Lines.

In 2017, Westwick was accused of sexual misconduct by three women. He denied the allegations.

A year later, prosecutors in Los Angeles said that the British star would not face rape and sexual assault charges due to insufficient evidence.

In response to the allegations, Westwick said at the time on social media: ‘I have never forced myself in any manner, on any woman. I certainly have never committed rape.’

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