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Controversy Around the Threesome Episode
There are plenty of plot decisions through Gossip Girl‘s history that seem a little regrettable in retrospect. One of those controversial decisions was to try and boost the show’s ratings by airing and promoting an episode where Dan has a threesome with Vanessa and Olivia Burke, who was played by guest star Hillary Duff.
The show sparked controversy and led to the Parents Television Council denouncing it as “reckless and irresponsible.” Although the CW and its affiliates were urged to pull the episode, it aired at planned. In fact, it even resulted in the ratings boost that the network was hoping for.