NBC's comedy Whitney initially revolved around its main characters being happily unmarried, but when I chatted with series creator and star Whitney Cummings, she spilled that we may be seeing Whitney and Alex getting engaged.
NBC's comedy Whitney initially revolved around its main characters being happily unmarried, but when I chatted with series creator and star Whitney Cummings, she spilled that we may be seeing Whitney and Alex getting engaged. She also talked about the recent breakup of Lily and Neal and how that will affect Whitney's attitude, along with some funny insights into her working relationship with her onscreen boyfriend, played by the very wise Chris D'Elia.
BuzzSugar: Neal and Lily's breakup surprised me; was it always planned to break them up?
Whitney Cummings: Well, I think I always planned for them to break up, and I think throughout the season we saw them very gradually and incrementally showing their differences and incompatibilities. We saw that Lily didn't get along with Neal's mother because Neal's mother wanted him to date an Indian girl, so she tried to do all these things where she was Indian. They ended up sort of making up at the end of the episode, but in the "Game Night" episode they were playing games and they weren't in sync, and weren't on the same wavelength and arguing, so they've been sort of always having some discourse throughout the season. We've tried to lay it in very subtly, and then when they started dealing with their wedding arrangements, that's when it really hit the fan — when he asked about getting a prenup. To me, I always envisioned this because I have seen so many cases where I see a perfectly happy couple who are together three, four years, don't fight, [but] as soon as they get engaged, all these problems start, you know? It's planning the wedding, and where are we going to get married, and who are the guests, and how much are we going to spend? And then this perfectly happy couple is fighting constantly, and that always was kind of sad to me. So that's what I always wanted to do with them [Lily and Neal].
Buzz: So will that give Whitney more fuel for her antimarriage stance?
WC: In fact, the show has a really great, fulfilling arc to it this year. In the pilot you sort of see me saying "marriage is not for me, I come from a lot of divorce, I do not want to get married, that's when the problems start." And in the finale, you will see me at a complete 180 degrees from that. Because throughout the series, we've shown me incrementally grow and get more into the idea of marriage and by the finale . . . you'll have to see, won't you?
Buzz: I saw a spoilery picture where it looks like Alex is proposing . . .
WC: [Joking] Or did he fall? Maybe I was knighting him? Maybe we were doing an African dance class, I don't know. But yes, Alex does propose to me. It's a two-part finale, so he proposes, and then in the finale . . . you'll just have to see what happens.
To find out whether Whitney says yes to Alex, just keep reading.