‘Younger’ taped NY1 ageism joke just weeks before real-life ageism lawsuit
It’s a PR blooper that won’t age well.
Wednesday night’s episode of TV Land’s “Younger” included a storyline in which an executive takes part in a “piece on corporate ageism” for a fictional series that “NY1 is doing on corporate discrimination.”
And when they sit down for an interview with NY1 golden boy Pat Kiernan, who plays himself in the episode, the character rails: “I think this story is going to resonate with a lot of American women” who have “had to deal with institutionalized sexism and rampant ageism.”
Among the American women with whom it would no doubt resonate would be the five NY1 anchors who sued the real-life network in June, claiming that it discriminated against them because of their age. Amanda Farinacci, Vivian Lee, Roma Torre, Jeanine Ramirez and Kristen Shaughnessy made national news when they filed the suit.
We’re told that neither Kiernan nor the producers of “Younger” were taking a jab at NY1, but that it was just a very unfortunate coincidence. Sources tell Page Six that the episode was taped May 7, some six weeks before the anchors sued. Reps for NY1 and “Younger” declined to comment.
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