‘7th Heaven’ creator: Having sexual abuser Stephen Collins in a reunion show would be ‘fun’
Given the wave of recent nostalgia reboots of popular, longrunning TV shows, “7th Heaven” creator Brenda Hampton wouldn’t mind producing a reunion of her cloying series about a reverend and his family. You’d think the fact that Stephen Collins, the actor who played preachy Camden family patriarch Rev. Eric Camden, publicly confessed to sexually abusing three girls ages 11 to 14, would present a moral roadblock, but Hampton sounded more ethically flexible when discussing the matter with Life & Style Magazine.
“I would include him,” said Hampton. “I think all the actors would like to do a reunion show. It would be really fun!”
You know who doesn’t sharing a set with Collins sounds fun? Catherine Hicks, the woman who played Rev. Camden’s wife Annie Camden for the show’s 11-season run. When she was accosted by a TMZ reporter in September and asked if she would ever participate in a reunion, Hicks quipped that “it would have to open with Stephen’s coffin.”
Hampton tried to interject some ambiguity into Hicks’ remarks. “I think Catherine was caught off guard,” said Hampton, “and said something off the top of her head.”
Even if she was “caught off guard,” it definitely sounded like Hicks was unwavering in her disgust towards her onscreen husband.
Hampton tried to distance herself further from Collins’ confession by claiming that the abuse scandal “so personal, [it’s] none of my business.”
As Jezebel’s Rich Juzwiak pointed out, the fact that Hampton’s employee, who himself is a public figure, made an on-record public confession which involved her own show getting temporarily pulled from syndication doesn’t sound private at all.
“7th Heaven” casting director also Pamela Shae tried to interject moral ambiguity into hiring Collins back for a reunion.
“It’s one of those ethical questions,” said Shae. “How is this going to be received?”
It’s going to look like you don’t care about the victims of child abuse because you choose to employ a man who confessed to abusing young girls, which seems especially hypocritical considering it’s for a TV show with overt religious themes. That’s how it’s going to be received.
[Life & Style | Photo: Getty]