The Sword has confirmed with multiple sources that, as of this morning, Austin Wilde has officially been released from his long term contract with Next Door Studios, which operated his eponymous site, AustinWilde.com. One source attributes the firing to Wilde’s refusal to perform in an orgy scene next week with several “gay for pay” models.
Details are still emerging (stay tuned to this post), but the conflicts between Wilde and some of Next Door’s notorious “gay for pay” exclusives haven’t exactly been a secret. Many will recall Wilde’s absence from other recent Next Door orgies, (Guys Next Door, the Christmas one, the “Rectodus Society“), which suggests a pattern of Wilde not wanting to be associated with certain Next Door productions (and good lord, can you blame him?).
After declining to appear in the orgy next week, Wilde was reportedly given an ultimatum that resulted in his firing. Wilde’s tweet from earlier this afternoon:
Wilde’s firing leaves no openly gay exclusives on the Next Door roster (Cody Cummings, Trystan Bull, Rod Daily, Marcus Mojo, and Samuel O’Toole all identify as straight or—groan—”bi-curious”). Wilde signed a three-year contract with Next Door in late 2010, but as one source put it to me this morning, “It’s a gay sex contract. Simply saying ‘bye’ could get him out of it.”
As with former Next Door exclusives who had their own sites but were fired and/or retired (Mason Wyler, Tommy D.), Wilde’s site will presumably remain operational (though never updated) and will serve as an archive for all his Next Door scenes.
ADDED: Austin Wilde himself has confirmed his termination and the reason behind it, writing in the comments below:
Hey guys. Thank you for all of your support. I read through here and was shocked and pleased to read what I did. Including the couple harsh comments that in the end still supported me, thank you. After [Next Door President] Stephan blatantly threatened me on the phone today and then fired me for not wanting to shoot an orgy, this is nice. Clearly he’s not used to people still having some integrity in life and standing up for themselves.