ABC News has an EXCLUSIVE interview with ABC producer Elan Gale about why he made up the story.
I wasn’t trying to paint myself as a hero. I said horrible things in those notes that I would never say to a human being. That nobody would ever say. In fact, in all of my live tweets, I try and portray my character as an anti-hero – as kind of a jerk with good intentions.
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ABC News: Why? Why did you make up Diane and the elaborate conversation you had with her?
Gale: I’ve been running a Twitter page for four years or so and on that I just do humor. I do one-line jokes, I do long-form jokes, I’ve live tweeted fake events before.
Quite frankly, I was sitting on a plane and was thinking “how can I entertain some of the people who follow me on Thanksgiving?” I was sitting there on a plane and I did see a woman acting really rude to a flight attendant, who I thought was a nice guy. And I thought, “Oh, maybe I can do something on that to serve as a cautionary tale for people like that.”
I said horrible things in those notes that I would never say to a human being.
So I created this character – Diane – and I thought let’s see if we can make her feel bad for treating someone who is also trying to get home poorly. That was the origin, but like everything on the Internet it evolved.