A contestant on Logo’s “Finding Prince Charming” claims that he has been fired from his job as a real-estate agent following recent revelations that the show’s leading man was an escort.
Chad Aaron S. — whose profile on the Logo website describes him as “a down to earth real-estate agent with a kind heart and contagious smile” — tweeted on Thursday that he was let go because of his association with the show, which has been dubbed the “Gay Bachelor.” According to the tweet, his boss knew he was going to be on the gay dating show, yet fired him anyway.
“Fired without notice because ‘of the liability of my tv venture’. Discrimination? Boss knew before. Great timing,” he wrote in his tweet.
TheWrap reached out to the Douglas Elliman for a comment and did not get an immediate response. According to its website, the company, established in 1911, “has grown to become the largest regional and the nation’s fourth largest real estate company, with a current network of more than 5,000 agents in over 70 offices.”
Fired without notice because "of the liability of my tv venture". Discrimination? Boss knew before. Great timing. #FindingPrinceCharming
— AbsolutelyChad (@AbsolutelyChad) September 8, 2016
The show has been rocked by the revelation that its star — 33-year old interior designer Robert Sepulveda — once worked as a male escort.
As TheWrap first reported, the network was blindsided by the disclosure and is scrambling to contain the PR nightmare.
A person close to the situation told TheWrap that the network followed “standard protocol” when vetting Sepulveda and that “nothing came up during the background check.”
“The network didn’t find out until well into production,” the insider added.
On Thursday, Sepulveda told “Access Hollywood” that he didn’t bring up his sex-worker past during the show’s casting because he didn’t think it would “come up.”
“Whoever tried to harm me or the show I take it as a blessing because now I can talk about it openly,” Sepulveda said.
“Finding Prince Charming” premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET on Logo.