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10/13/2014 09:31 am ET Updated Oct 13, 2014

'OITNB' Creator Jenji Kohan Comments On Writer Who Started Dating Poussey

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At the New Yorker Festival panel on LGBTQ TV on Saturday, "Orange Is the New Black" creator Jenji Kohan commented on Lauren Morelli, the staff writer who recently divorced her husband and subsequently began dating Samira Wiley, the actress who plays Poussey on the show.

"I turned her gay. I made her gay," she joked. "I felt there wasn’t enough balance in the room, so I have a magic wand and I make people gay. But, you know, I can turn her back. I can make people Hispanic. I can make them black."

The panel, which was hosted by New Yorker critic Emily Nussbaum and also featured "Transparent" creator Jill Soloway, also discussed topics like the male gaze and representation of trans women on TV writing staffs. Find out more about the discussion over at Vulture.

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