“We got as close as we could,” Peter said on the pod, hosted by Waverly Place alums Jennifer Stone and David DeLuise. “It was pretty much right there.”
While his show wasn’t able to peel back the layers of Alex and Stevie’s relationship, Peter acknowledged that the network has made more progressive strides in recent years.
“Disney Channel has had [queer] characters,” he noted. “They did it. At that time, it wasn’t a thing.”
In the 2016 series finale of the animated comedy Gravity Falls, Sheriff Blubs (Kevin Michael Richardson) and Deputy Durland (Keith Ferguson) confirmed they were in a relationship.
Additionally, shows like Star Wars Resistance, The Owl House and The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder have featured LGBTQ+ representation on Disney Channel since Wizards of Waverly Place left the airwaves.