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The NFL couldn’t manage to find a place for Michael Sam but the Canadian Football League has

Michael Sam will forever be the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team.

It’s too bad the league just couldn’t manage to go any further than that.

But the good news for Michael is that he now has a place to play pro ball.

He has been signed to a two-year contract to play with the The Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.

‘With the signing of Michael Sam, we have become a better organization today,’ Alouettes general manager Jim Popp said in a statement.

‘Not only have we added an outstanding football player, we have added even a better person that brings dignity, character, and heart to our team.’

It’s a warm welcome that Sam never managed to get from the NFL after being drafted by the St. Louis Rams last year. The Rams dropped him before the start of the regular season. He was then signed by the Dallas Cowboys for its practice squad then cut by them as well.

The Alouettes have held the exclusive CFL rights to Sam since his senior year at the University of Missouri when he was defensive player of the year in the highly competitive Southern Eastern Conference.

‘I am very excited and proud to join the Montreal Alouettes,’ Sam said in a statement.

‘… I cannot wait to put on the pads, get back on the field and work hard each and every day with my teammates to bring a Grey Cup to the great fans here in Montreal.’

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Morning Man Encore: Michael Ealy!

Originally posted December 13, 2013 – not updated
Here is a man is so sexy that a straight male friend of mine has suggested him as a Morning Man!

He’s Michael Ealy and he’s one of the stars of the new Fox sci-fi series Almost Human.

He plays a human-like android named Dorian.

“You can’t think of yourself as a robot, but you have to remember that you’re a droid. You have to remember that you’re not human,” the actor said in an interview published this week.

Michael is 40 and was previously best-known for his roles in various films including Barbershop and Barbershop 2, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Seven Pounds, For Colored Girls and Underworld: Awakening.

But he’s no stranger to television. Michael had a recurring role during season 2 of The Good Wife and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his performance in the Showtime series Sleeper Cell.

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Days of Our Lives: Paul wants to know if Sonny still loves him – so he just asks him point blank


A very Paul-centric episode which is a good thing because not only is the character appealing but the actor who plays him is just plain terrific.

First Paul confronts John about how his relationship with Marlena began as an extramarital affair but then realizes theirs was a love that could not be denied. He thinks the same could be true of he and Sonny.

Paul visits Sonny who is still furious that he punched Will. Paul tells him the reason why: Will called Paul’s mother a whore.

In the end, Paul asks Sonny if he still loves him.

Hopefully we get the answer tomorrow.

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Barbra Streisand is writing a memoir!

She’s got one helluva life story – enough to fill at least several books.

So the fact that Barbra Streisand is writing a memoir is big news.

‘Barbra Streisand’s memoir is the entertainment story that has been on the top of every publisher’s wish list for years,’ Viking president Brian Tart said in a statement.

‘There are over fifty unauthorized biographies about Ms. Streisand that are full of myths and inaccuracies, and she is finally going to tell her own story.’

Streisand, 72, remains a best-selling recording artist whose most recent album, Partners, reached number one on the Billboard album chart and was Grammy nominated.

She has won all of the entertainment industry’s major awards including the Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe and Peabody awards. In addition, she has received the Kennedy Center Honors and the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award.

Streisand’s hit movies include Funny Girl, The Way We Were, What’s Up Doc, A Star is Born, Yentl, The Prince of Tides and Meet the Fockers, among others.

She has directed three major studio films and battled against sexism in Hollywood and also worked to get Democratic candidates elected including two-term US President Bill Clinton.

It’s not known how much Streisand will dish about her private life but there would be no shortage of material.

She has been married to James Brolin since 1998 and was married to Elliott Gould from 1963 to 1971 and has an openly gay son, Jason Gould, who was born in 1966.

Streisand has also had high-profile relationships with Jon Peters, Ryan O’Neal, Don Jonson and Andre Agassi, among others.

She had a difficult relationship with her mother, her father died when she was still a toddler and she had a stepfather who was emotionally cruel to her at times.

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New “Magic Mike XXL” poster features Tatum, Bomer, Manganiello and the rest in all their shirtless glory

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Find out why a young Jane Fonda thought a then-unknown Warren Beatty was gay

Before Warren Beatty married Annette Bening in 1992, the movie icon and Oscar winning director had a reputation as a legendary ladies’ man.

His past loves include Julie Christie, Natalie Wood, Diane Keaton, Madonna, Joan Collins, Michelle Phillips, and Leslie Caron, among others.

But Jane Fonda, who rose to movie stardom in the early 1960s at the same time as Beatty, was apparently immune to his considerable charms.

“I thought Warren was gay,’ the two-time Oscar winner tells W Magazine.

Why did she think so?

‘He played piano, and all his friends were gay.’

In fact, Fonda did not even remember the two had done a screen test together. Beatty remembers being ‘thrown together like two lions in a cage and kissed until we had practically eaten each others’ heads off.’

H/T: Queerty

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Video: Ellen pays tribute to her mom on Betty DeGeneres’ 85th birthday


Betty DeGeneres, who told me recently that she attends just about every taping of her daughter’s daytime show, was the center of attention this week when Ellen had her on the mark Betty’s 85th birthday.

Ellen’s producers put together a highlight reel of Betty’s many appearances on the show over its 12 seasons.

It’s clear how much Ellen adores her mom who she describes as ‘someone who has been with me through it all.’

As a present, Ellen gave her mom a permanent seat in the audience complete with a plaque which reds: ‘Mama’s Seat.’

Then there was singing from the audience and a birthday cake with Ellen’s wife, Portia de Rossi also on hand along with guest Melissa McCarthy and her mother.

It sure looks like a lot of fun being Ellen’ mom!

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Thursday Morning Man: Matthew Chauncey!

Matthew Chauncey is a television writer whose work may be behind the scenes but who has managed to attract 10,400 Instagram followers with sexy pics of himself.

He is currently writing for the ABC series Agent Carter.

“Working on such on a top-secret project, where security is tight and on-set photography is verboten, has proven particularly challenging,” the 32-year-old tells Out.com.

“I’ve mostly made a name for myself chronicling my admittedly charmed life on Instagram, where I post pictures of my misadventures in Hollywood, usually without a shirt on. Sure, your average nerdy, genre geek isn’t typically known for shirtless selfies, but you know the saying, ‘Dress for the job you want.’ Or in my case, don’t get dressed at all.”

He adds, “I guess I’m not sure what this says about my professional ambitions.”

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TR Knight is returning to TV!

http://www.examiner.com/images/blog/wysiwyg/image/tr-knight-blonde.jpgABC’s Grey’s Anatomy goes on and on (and on!) but TR Knight left the medical series after the fifth season in 2009.

Since then, the Emmy-nominated actor has spent his time on stage (A Life in the Theater, It’s Only a Play), appeared in some movies (42, A Year and Change) and done some TV guest spots (Law & Order SVU, The Good Wife).

Now Knight is returning to TV is the high-profile 11/22/63, a Hulu Original series that will star James Franco and is from from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and author Stephen King.

The nine-episode limited series centers on Franco as an unassuming divorced English teacher who stumbles upon a time portal that leads to September 9, 1958. This leads to his going on a quest to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Knight’s role is that of a charismatic and controlling Texas salesman who can’t quite split up with his estranged wife who falls in love with Franco’s character.

This development and Lee Harvey Oswald are among the things that threaten the teacher’s mission to alter the past and save Kennedy who was murdered by Oswald on November 22, 1963.

It was early in his run on Grey’s Anatomy in 2006 that Knight came out publicly as gay. He did so to quell the speculation that arose after then co-star Isiah Washington referred to him during an on-set argument with Patrick Dempsey. The widely-publicized incident resulted in Washington being dropped from the show.

In October 2013, Knight married his boyfriend of three years, Patrick Leahy.

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Snapped! Matt Bomer on beach in Hawaii!

It’s nice to see that Matt Bomer is enjoying some time off on Maui with his family.

He’s about to enter a very busy time between promotional duties for Magic Mike XXL and the filming of American Horror Story: Hotel with Lady Gaga.

Then there’s the Montgomery Clift biopic for HBO after that.

Enjoy your vacation Matt!

See more photos over at Lainey Gossip

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David Letterman goofs on Jeb Bush to task for his opposition to same-sex marriage

David Letterman is certainly not shying away from political hot topics during his final days as host of CBS’s The Late Show.

During his monologue on Tuesday, Letterman took presumed contender for the Republican nomination for president Jeb Bush to task for his opposition to same-sex marriage.

Said Letterman: ‘Well, like it or not, the presidential campaign has already begun. Jeb Bush. Jeb Bush came out against same-sex marriage. Jeb Bush. Brother of the former president, son of the former, former president came out against same sex marriage. Also came out in favor of the Iraq War. He certainly is a different kind of Republican, isn’t he?

‘Jeb says, Jeb says that if you let gay people get married –this is Jeb Bush now talking –he says if you let gay people get married, next thing you know, women are going to want to vote.’

Bush, a former governor of Florida, has not officially declared his candidacy but his viewed as a potential front-runner unless a series of recent gaffes dooms his chances.

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Adam Lambert talks music and men during appearance this week on “Watch What Happens Live”


The American Idol alum guested on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live on Monday night but I just watched it this morning. Since I missed it, thought some of you might have too and might want to watch. So here it is!

Among the topics are what kind of guys Adam is attracted to.

Andy Cohen asked him if he liked twinks.

‘Sometimes,’ Adam replied. ‘Not so much bear, more younger.’

Smooth or hairer?

‘Somewhere in the middle,’ he said. ‘Which is an otter, right?’

So there you have it. Adam likes otters!

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On her birthday, 69 things I love about Cher!

Glorious, stupendous, ageless Cher turns 69 today and is as fabulous as ever.

The Oscar, Emmy and Grammy award-winning legend who has had at least one number one single in each of the last six decades dazzled with her Dressed to Kill Tour last year and we are waiting to see what she will do next.

A few weeks ago, Cher paid her final visit to The Late Show With David Letterman wearing the same outfit as when she made her memorable appearance in 1987 with ex-husband and former singing partner Sonny Bono.

As a tribute to this icon, I’ve come come up with 69 reasons why I love Cher.

Feel free to add your own in the comments section!

1. "Snap out of it!" (classic line from Moonstruck)

2. The distinctive and immediately recognizable contralto singing voice

3. She’s the mother of trans activist and actor Chaz Bono

4. The emotional eulogy she gave at ex-husband Sonny Bono’s 1998 funeral

5. When she wore a huge feather headdress and a midriff baring outfit to the 1986 Academy Awards – the year she was snubbed for Mask.

6. Her cameos, as herself, on Will & Grace

7. 2. I Got You Babe (1965 #1 hit with then-husband Sonny Bono)

8. Half Breed (1973 single, the biggest hit of her career)

9. Believe (1999 single, the second biggest hit of her career)

10. Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves (1971 single, the third biggest hit of her career)

11. Dark Lady (1974 single, the fifth biggest hit of her career)

12. The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour – CBS, 1971-74

13. The Cher Show – CBS, 1975-76

14. In 1987, she teamed up with Sonny to sing I Got You Babe for the first time in ten years on Late Night With David Letterman. It turned out to be the last time they performed together.

15. The wigs!

16. The clothes!

17. Her candor in interviews

18. The If I Could Turn Back Time video with hundreds of sailors and an outfit as skimpy as a bikini

19. Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) – 1966 single, peaked at No. 2

20. The Disco-era hit single Take Me Home in 1979. The album cover memorably featured Cher in a scantily clad Viking outfit on its cover

21: After All, 1989 duet with Peter Cetera, is Cher’s best duet with anyone other than Sonny Bono

22. She loves to tweet!

23. Underrated straight dramatic performance as a public defender in the 1987 film Suspect

24. Cher’s sublime version of the Marc Cohn hit Walking in Memphis

25. The Bob Mackie-designed black-sequined gown she wore the night she won the Academy Award for best actress for Moonstruck.

26. The generous shout-out she gave to Silkwood co-star Meryl Streep during her Oscar speech

27. She has sold more than 100 million solo albums and over 40 million records as Sonny & Cher worldwide

28. She said no to performing at the Winter Olympics in Sochi because she didn’t want to upset her gay fans

29. The stupendous performance of The Star Spangled Banner at the 1999 Super Bowl

30. The 1988 hit single I Found Someone which marked a return to the charts after a recording slump

31. The anthem Song for the Lonely

32. Cher has dated (or married) men as diverse as Sonny Bono, David Geffen, Gregg Allman, Gene Simmons and Rob Camilletti

33. She also dated both Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer who shared homoerotic tension in 1986 film Top Gun

34. Her over-the-top, glitzy Vegas shows

35. Cher’s comedy alter-ego – the brash housewife Laverne – from the 1970s variety shows

36. She slept with Warren Beatty when she was 16. They met when they had a fender bender in LA

37. As an unknown teen, Cher worked for Phil Spector and sang background on such classic hits as The Ronettes’ Be My Baby and The Righteous Brothers’ You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feelin’

38. Cher’s gutsy move in the early 1980s to give up lucrative Vegas gigs to move to New York and appear in the play Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean Jimmy Dean

39. She was honest enough to admit that not being nominated for an Oscar for her acclaimed performance in 1985′s Mask ‘pretty much killed me’

40. Her wonderful mid-70s guest turn on The Carol Burnett Show

41. Cher’s gorgeous rendition of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes in the 1999 film Tea With Mussolini

42. She rides a motorcycle

43. She’s BFF’s with Kathy Griffin

44. Her first big solo hit was a cover version of Bob Dylan’s All I Really Want to Do which peaked at number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1965.

45. The glorious 1972 hit ballad The Way Of Love which Cher still performs in concert with her three other early 70s solo hits.

46. In 1978, she saved us all a lot of trouble and legally changed her name from Cherilyn Sarkisian La Piere Bono Allman to Cher.

47. Her eccentric character with the fabulous 1960s wardrobe and hair in the 1990 film Mermaids.

48. Cher continues to sing her 1989 hit Just Like Jesse James in concert even though she hates singing a song with so many words – but the fans love it.

49. Her ‘Follow this bitches’ routine from the first Farewell Tour

50. The teasing banter between her and then-husband (then ex-husband) Sonny Bono at the start of their TV variety show.

51. Cher’s #1 hit in the UK: The Shoop Shoop Song from the film Mermaids

52. The time she called David Letterman an ‘asshole’ on his NBC show

53. Her directorial debut in the 1996 film If These Walls Could Talk in which she gave a Golden Globe Award-nominated performance

54. The fact that after making records for more than 50 years, her 2013 release Closer to the Truth became her highest-charting solo album in the US to date

55. Cher’s first solo single, Ringo, I Love You was released under the name Bonnie Jo Mason. We love Cher for going back to her real name after that – a shortened version of Cherilyn

56. This classy line from her Oscar acceptance speech: ‘I don’t think that this award means that I’m somebody, but maybe I’m on my way’

57. She started her own mail-order business, Sanctuary, selling Gothic-themed products

58. Her tremendously readable 1998 book The First Time, a collection of autobiographical essays of ‘first-time’ events in her life

59. The childhood nickname she and sister Georgianne LaPierre still call each other by: ‘Stupid’

60. A year after the release of Believe, Cher released Not.com.mercial on her website after her record label rejected it for being uncommercial. She wrote the songs after attending a songwriters’ conference in 1994

61. Her hilarious performance as a fictionalized version of herself in the 2003 comedy Stuck on You starring Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear

62. When she was thinking of leaving Sonny and fearful of public backlash, she called Lucille Ball for advice since she too had left a husband who was her TV partner

63. The glorious Golden Globe Award winning ballad You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me from the film Burlesque

64. The 1998 CBS special Sonny & Me: Cher Remembers in which she paid affectionate tribute to Sonny Bono who had died that year

65. Her glorious version of U2′s I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For which she used to open her Believe and her farewell tours.

66. Passionately political, Cher has been known to call into TV shows on CNN and CSPAN.

67. She had the guts to say she is not a fan of Miley Cyrus’ new look.

68. The B side of Take Me Home, a song she wrote about ex-husband Gregg Allman called Too Far Gone.

69. Because she is simply, Cher!

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Wednesday Morning Man: Andy Grammer!

Somehow I had not heard of Andy Grammer but after catching a glimpse of him on last night’s Dancing With the Stars finale, I knew I had today’s Morning Man.

What a cutie pie.

This 31-year-old singer, songwriter and record producer has released two albums since 2011 and had such hit songs as Keep Your Head Up, Fine By Me, Back Home and Honey I’m Good.

Of his approach to his music he once said: “My ultimate goal is to try to be real. It just so happens that I’m usually more happy than sad when I’m writing. And in general I think that life is pretty great, and it’s cool to be here, so that comes through in my music. I don’t have a dismal outlook, but I don’t aim to make positive music. It’s just what I am.”

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Days of Our Lives: Paul decks Will during an argument just as Sonny walks in the door


Paul slugs Will in the face after Will basically called his parents a homewrecker and a whore. Sonny walks in just as Paul throws the punch and has no context. Sonny kicks Paul out and when Will comes to, he spins the whole thing to make Paul into a big villain. It works as he and Sonny are on their way to being intimate for the first time since before Sonny was stabbed and found out Will had cheated on him with Paul.

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Maya tells boyfriend Rick that she is transgender after he proposes on “The Bold and the Beautiful”

The character of Maya on the CBS soap The Bold and the Beautiful was recently revealed to viewers to be a transgender woman.

On Monday’s episode of the show, her boyfriend found out too.

The setting was a mountain cabin where Rick Forrester (Jacob Young) had taken Maya (Karla Mosley) to propose marriage.

Although Rick had been in the dark, several people had already found out about Maya after her sister confided the news to the wrong person.

Maya had decided that she wouldn’t disclose the news to Rick until she was sure he was serious about having a future with her.

She found out he was when Rick proposed marriage.

Rick was hurt that Maya had not confided in him sooner but in the end reassures her that he loves her.

‘I’m glad you told me,’ he says. ‘That’s what the woman I know would do. So what does it change? […] I just know that I love you and I want to spend my life with you. So please don’t walk away from me.’

While the couple are finding their way, there’s a more sinister part of the storyline going on as a media tycoon and tabloid publisher named Bill Spencer is preparing to out Maya to the rest of the world.

Spencer wants to create a scandal by creating sensationalistic headlines about Maya and Rick’s relationship with the hopes of damaging Rick professionally.

This leads to one of Spencer’s staff members saying: ‘What am I missing? Transgender people exist. This is not news.’

The staffer ends of quitting and says: ‘Maybe I’d like to work for an actual human being.’

The episode provided a teachable moment when the male transgender character of Nick (played by trans actor Scott Turner Schofield) explains to Rick’s brother Ridge that Maya has never lied about who she is.

‘Coming out is for when you’re hiding something,’ Nick says. ‘Politicians, people leading double lives, they tell the truth about themselves and come out from behind the mask. Maya shows her true face every day. She’s not in any closet.

‘This one fact of her medical history, in the wrong hands, distorts everything about her, just like it did when she was a kid. Coming out can help gay people feel whole, but disclosure can make [people like] us feel broken.’

GLAAD points out that outing someone as transgender against their will is inappropriate, unethical and dangerous.

‘Transgender people live in a world that is very intolerant of gender difference,’ they write. ‘Trans people can lose jobs, housing, friends, or even their lives upon revelation of their trans status.’

The episode is available for viewing HERE.

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Wishing Sam Smith a 23rd birthday!

This young man turns just 23 today but already he has won more awards than most artists can hope to win in a lifetime.

He’s Sam Smith who just won three Billboard Music Awards on Sunday and who won four Grammys earlier this year.

Sam is taking some time off to rest his voice after being forced to cancel his Australian tour.

He has posted what he calls a ‘dramatic speech’ on Instagram:
I’ve only lived on this earth for 23 years and I have so much more to learn and so many more mistakes to make but there is one thing I’ve learnt in my not so many years. And that is love is the most important thing in life. Surround yourself with family and friends and people who genuinely love you. I am so lucky and these past few years have been so amazing but also so challenging and I would definitely be in a world full of troubles right now if it wasn’t for the people in this picture and my family and friends who can’t be with me today. Dramatic as fuck I know, but I thought I’d share my emotional but I hope wise words with y’all xx


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Tuesday Morning Man: Shawn Booth!

I long ago proclaimed The Bachelor franchise ridiculous.

But I tuned in for last night’s season premiere to check out the parade of attractive men.

In the Bachelorette edition, there are 24 men remaining (the 25th was sent packing after he got drunk) and tomorrow we find out which of two women will be voted as the new bachelorette (new twist).

Both of the women swooned over Shawn Booth and I was swooning right along with them.

He is one of the best looking men I have ever seen and I can’t imagine him not getting to the final days of the show no matter who the bachelorette is.

Shawn is a 28-year-old personal trainer who owns a 1888 farm house and that he is completely fixing and rehabbing with his father.

Here are a few answers from his Q&A:

If you could be any superhero, which one would you be?
The Hulk. My two-year-old nephew is obsessed with the Hulk. I would love to surprise visit him and yell “HULK, SMASH!”

If you could be someone else for just one day, who would it be?
My dog. I would love to know what goes on in his head and how crazy he thinks I am. Not to mention, he is also the most spoiled dog I know.


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Days of Our Lives: Paul is unexpectedly babysitting baby Ari when Will comes home

I think tomorrow’s episode is going to be absolute dynamite aftr Will comes home from Poplar Bluff to find his nemesis Paul holding his baby.

He’ll go ballistic!

The set up in today’s scenes is silly s Paul insists on returning Sonny’s T-shirt and the frantic sitter has to leave because her sister broke her arm.

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Kris and Bruce Jenner cry it out in part two of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” special

In the second part of a Keeping Up With the Kardashians special, a tearful Bruce Jenner mourned the loss of her husband of 23 years.

‘I just miss Bruce,’ she said as she sat at the kitchen table with the 1976 Olympic gold medalist. ‘I’m trying so hard to process my pain and get through my days.’

Bruce Jenner confirmed publicly last month that he identifies as female and is in the process of transitioning. His story is the focal point of a two-part Keeping Up With the Kardashian’s special that concluded Monday.

‘I’m confused what happens to Bruce because I miss Bruce. All I have really are my memories … I feel like Bruce died.’

Tears streaking down her face, Kris rehashed the last painful years of their marriage: ‘I think you shut me out a long time ago… Now it makes sense to me. I think being honest is something I would have appreciated. … You never explained why you were so angry.

‘I turned into the Wicked Witch of the West because of the way you were behaving. … You were so far gone at that point that you had to go and do your own thing.’

Bruce apologized for his secrecy and for hurting her and assured his ex that he did not begin taking hormones until after they split and he moved to his own home in Malibu.

‘Hopefully I’ll be a better person – happier,’ he said.

In the end, Kris wished Bruce the best.

‘I just want you to know you were a great dad and a great friend and a great partner.’

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