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Kristen Bell’s voice-over was nearly cut from ‘Gossip Girl’
Gossip Girl, it has been revealed.In the new premiere episode of the new Gossip Girl focused podcast, XOXO With Jessica Szohr, it says early feedback from test audiences watching the show did not like the voiceovers. Bell gave voice to the teen drama’s titular anonymous blogger in the series’ original run from 2007 to 2012.The test audience reaction led creators Josh Schwarz and Stephanie Savage to consider cutting her voice-over – which eventually became a signature of the show.The creators told Szohr, the host of the show and the actor who played Vanessa Abrams on the show, that test audiences interest would “drop” when Bell’s narration began.“People were into [the show] and like, ‘Who’s this voice that’s coming in and distracting me?'” Schwartz remembered.“Do you lose the voice-over? We can’t. That’s part of the show, and we just have to ride with it.”You can listen to the podcast episode below:Savage went on to reveal that Bell was the only character who read for the role but that her other role in Veronica Mars caused some concern for the network hosts.“We had some reluctance of, ‘Did we feel comfortable having two shows on the same network with the same voice-over?'” Savage explained.“When [Bell] recorded it, she created an entirely different character with just her voice than how she read Veronica Mars.”Bell returned to HBO Max’s remake of the show as the narrator.