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Shrill creator Lindy West clarifies show’s fat-shaming boss isn’t based on former boss Dan Savage

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They had a very public tiff, but Lindy West wants to make it clear she’s not going after her former boss, sex advice columnist Dan Savage.

The 37-year-old New York Times contributing opinion writer told Page Six the former co-workers had repaired their relationship shortly after a 2011 falling-out.

In Hulu’s new series Shrill, SNL favorite Aidy Bryant, 31, stars as a writer and journalist working to navigate relationship and professional struggles, all while coming to terms with her weight.

Setting the record straight: Lindy West, 37, told Page Six that Shrill's fat-shaming boss isn't based on her real-life boss Dan Savage

Setting the record straight: Lindy West, 37, told Page Six that Shrill's fat-shaming boss isn't based on her real-life boss Dan Savage

In the spotlight: Aidy Bryant, 31, plays a fictionalized version of Lindy in Shrill

In the spotlight: Aidy Bryant, 31, plays a fictionalized version of Lindy in Shrill

Setting the record straight: Lindy West, 37, told Page Six that Aidy’s Bryant’s boss in Shrill isn’t based on her own former boss, sex advice columnist Dan Savage; shown March 13

The series, which is based on Lindy’s 2016 non-fiction book Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman, stars Aidy as Annie, a lightly fictionalized version of Lindy who works at an alternative weekly newspaper in the Pacific Northwest.

She comes into conflict with her boss over his perceived fat shaming.

Actor and director John Cameron Mitchell, 55, seems to be filling the role of Dan Savage, 54, the syndicated relationship and sex advice columnist who was Lindy’s boss at The Stranger.

Bad boss: Actor and director John Cameron Mitchell, 55, seems to be filling the role of Dan Savage, 54, the syndicated relationship and sex advice columnist who was Lindy's boss at The Stranger; shown March 13

Bad boss: Actor and director John Cameron Mitchell, 55, seems to be filling the role of Dan Savage, 54, the syndicated relationship and sex advice columnist who was Lindy's boss at The Stranger; shown March 13

Bad boss: Actor and director John Cameron Mitchell, 55, seems to be filling the role of Dan Savage, 54, the syndicated relationship and sex advice columnist who was Lindy’s boss at The Stranger; shown March 13

Big controversy: The two originally exchanged tense words in 2011, when Lindy published a piece at The Stranger titled Hello, I Am Fat, a critique of her boss' writing about overweight people's poor health. Savage returned with a defense of his own; pictured in 2011

Big controversy: The two originally exchanged tense words in 2011, when Lindy published a piece at The Stranger titled Hello, I Am Fat, a critique of her boss' writing about overweight people's poor health. Savage returned with a defense of his own; pictured in 2011

Big controversy: The two originally exchanged tense words in 2011, when Lindy published a piece at The Stranger titled Hello, I Am Fat, a critique of her boss’ writing about overweight people’s poor health. Savage returned with a defense of his own; pictured in 2011

But the acclaimed author and Executive Producer made clear that the events might be inspired by her life, but the show’s boss isn’t directly based on Savage, whom she’s no longer feuding with.

‘Dan and I patched it up immediately and so there’s no conflict, but it’s funny that I’m answering questions about it,’ she told Page Six on Wednesday. 

‘I was feeling really nervous because I hadn’t talked to him about the show when I knew people were going to be asking about it and assuming that the character is him.’

The two originally exchanged tense words in 2011, when Lindy published a piece at The Stranger titled Hello, I Am Fat, a critique of some of her boss’ writing about overweight people’s poor health. Savage returned with a defense of his own, Hello, I’m Not The Enemy. 

Not all real: But the acclaimed author and Executive Producer made clear that the events might be inspired by her life, but the show's boss isn't directly based on Savage, whom she's no longer feuding with

Not all real: But the acclaimed author and Executive Producer made clear that the events might be inspired by her life, but the show's boss isn't directly based on Savage, whom she's no longer feuding with

Not all real: But the acclaimed author and Executive Producer made clear that the events might be inspired by her life, but the show’s boss isn’t directly based on Savage, whom she’s no longer feuding with

Back to normal: 'Dan and I patched it up immediately and so there's no conflict, but it's funny that I'm answering questions about it,' she told Page Six on Wednesday; still from Shrill

Back to normal: 'Dan and I patched it up immediately and so there's no conflict, but it's funny that I'm answering questions about it,' she told Page Six on Wednesday; still from Shrill

Back to normal: ‘Dan and I patched it up immediately and so there’s no conflict, but it’s funny that I’m answering questions about it,’ she told Page Six on Wednesday; still from Shrill

The two even met up by accident on the way to the series’ South By Southwest premiere this month, when they realized they were on the same airplane.

‘We actually had this really lovely talk and he was really supportive and really excited about the show and he laughed about how we’re supposed to be in a fight,’ she said. 

‘We almost took a selfie to prove to the world that we’re not, but then we both looked like garbage so we decided not to.’

Old friends: 'We actually had this really lovely talk and he was really supportive and really excited about the show and he laughed about how we're supposed to be in a fight,' she said; still from Shrill

Old friends: 'We actually had this really lovely talk and he was really supportive and really excited about the show and he laughed about how we're supposed to be in a fight,' she said; still from Shrill

Old friends: ‘We actually had this really lovely talk and he was really supportive and really excited about the show and he laughed about how we’re supposed to be in a fight,’ she said; still from Shrill

For his part, Mitchell actively tried not to emulate the popular advice writer.

‘I purposely didn’t read those sections in [Lindy’s] book because I didn’t want to be influenced by that,’ he told Page Six.

‘My version for the character is: He was big in the ’90s in the Portland alternative rock & roll scene, maybe had a little label, bemoans the ADD state of the world now and sees his own business collapsing as the Village Voice did. He acts all punk, but he’s a bit, ‘question authority but don’t question me.’ So it’s a fun, punk rock dictator.’ 

Shrill is currently available to stream on Hulu. 

Going his own way: For his part, Mitchell actively tried not to emulate the popular advice writer. 'I purposely didn¿t read those sections in [Lindy¿s] book because I didn¿t want to be influenced by that'

Going his own way: For his part, Mitchell actively tried not to emulate the popular advice writer. 'I purposely didn¿t read those sections in [Lindy¿s] book because I didn¿t want to be influenced by that'

Going his own way: For his part, Mitchell actively tried not to emulate the popular advice writer. ‘I purposely didn’t read those sections in [Lindy’s] book because I didn’t want to be influenced by that’

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