In an interview with SFX Magazine Sorbo says he never really watches Xena because it’s “heavily into lesbianism and is more violent than Hercules was.”
He criticises Rob Tapert for making Xena a female Hercules and for being darker than his show.
“I don’t know what happened with that show!” he declares, flatly. “I think they should have had more crossover episodes; I think the shows could have worked together more; I think that even though she lived in the mythological world of Hercules she shouldn’t have been able to beat the gods, you know? She should have been beating up the evil warlords and kings and tyrants and things like this; that way the shows could have crossed over in more of an effective way. I think they missed the boat with that. I don’t know what happened. It just got strange.”
Sorbo appears to be quite bitter about Xena and the direction it took but also that fact that his show apparently suffered for it.
“Xena took all my directors, they took half my writing staff, they took everybody to go and work for that show. They took half my crew! So, you know, it upset a few people, including myself But I just think of it as like, why are you stabbing us in the back? We’re the show that started it!”
“So it was kind of weird… it was a weird vibe. We never really saw them. People think because we shot in New Zealand, you know, we had, like, seven locations, and because each crew was so big, we could never be in the same location at the same time, so we would rotate. You know, I would bump into them once every four months and say, ‘Hi, how ya doing?”
So, Xenites it appears all is not well in the Hercules and Xenaverse and Mr Sore Bones is out there spilling the beans now that both shows are over. He has his Hercules in Space (Andromeda) show that he could be promoting but he’s out here dishing dirt on Xena.
I actually do like Andromeda but Sorbo’s bitterness might be tainting it a little bit.