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Celeb Instagram: Cher & Alec Baldwin, Alan Cumming, Debra Messing & Sally Field at protests and rallies

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Off to protest against the next POTUS with signs made by @granteepants

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I love this woman. #TheRealDeal #HugeVoiceInASmallPackage #Activist #SallyField #NormaRaeForReals #NYCRally

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Billy Eichner has a big problem with Queen Latifah

When Billy Eichner played a game called Queen Latifah or Brave Person’ in 2015 on an episode of Billy on the Street, he meant what you probably thought he meant.

He meant to imply that the Oscar-nominated actress is a lesbian who refuses to come out publicly.

‘It’s not like I was intending to completely obliterate Queen Latifah,’ Eichner says in an interview with this week.

‘I think Queen Latifah is very talented. I’m sure she’s lovely. But there is one aspect of her life I find frustrating and a tad backward. That was what that game was about, and I was more than happy to put that on the air because I think that is a statement that needs to be made.’

Eichner has been openly gay since the start of his career and says he realizes ‘everyone’s life experience is different.’

‘I do take for granted, probably, the fact that I grew up in New York City, one of the most liberal places on earth, with bleeding-heart, liberal parents who took me to see Rent and Terrence McNally plays from a very young age. So my view of this whole topic is skewed, because I am one of the lucky ones.

‘With that said, I do think that if you can come out, you should come out. I personally think it’s the right thing to do. And at this point, there’s really not much stopping you from coming out of the closet as an actor.’

He adds: ‘What does bother me is when you see a closeted celebrity say, “Oh, I just don’t talk about my personal life.” Okay, but what about your ten-page spread in Architectural Digest? Or your multiple profiles in People magazine about every other aspect in your life? I don’t buy that for a second. We’re all on our own journey, and I respect that. But maybe reconsider your journey? [Laughs.]‘

Latifah remains steadfastly private about her sexuality.

Some thought she might come out Last year when she won a GLAAD Media Award for the HBO film Bessie which she starred in as the bisexual singer Bessie Smith and also executive produced.

Instead, she dedicated the award to the LGBTI people in her family including ‘my cousins who are gay’ and her aunt, ‘a lesbian who raised me … my inspiration. (She) taught me how to be a loved person.’

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Dominic Thiem unveils new look at Aussie Open!

I like the new look, I liked the old look. When it comes to Dominic Thiem I like any look!

3rd round Australian Open #newstyle #mygame

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See Ellen’s sweet tribute to the Obamas

They danced, they did push-ups, they had some good chats.
Ellen DeGeneres looks back on eight years of visits with outgoing US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on her show today.

In addition to dancing and comedy clips, we also see DeGeneres paying tribute to Obama on the day he came out publicly in support of same-sex marriage.

‘It takes a brave man to take a stand like this,’ she said on that day in 2012.

DeGeneres also got serious and said today of the outgoing president: ‘I want to personally thank him for changing my life. I am a legally married woman because of him and so is my wife.

‘His courage and compassion created equality for everyone. He moved us forward and made more happen in the past eight years than I ever dreamed possible. I love him, I love Michelle.’

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Happy 71st birthday to the great Dolly Parton!

It was 71 years ago today that Dolly Parton was born in Sevier County, Tennessee, as the fourth of 12 children.

It’s well known the family was quite poor in terms of material possessions but had strong values and a lot of love.

And out of that situation emerged a beloved star who has been making hits for nearly 50 years such as Jolene, Coat of Many Colors, I Will Always Love You, Islands in the Stream, Here You Come Again and Nine to Five, among others.

Dolly made a big splash in the movies in 1980s Nine to Five with Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda and had another big hit with 1989′s Steel Magnolias – both films are huge with us gays.

Of her longevity, Dolly says: ‘People feel like they’ve known me so long because I’ve been around a long time. I’m really like an aunt or a cousin or a person you’ve grown up with—like somebody in the family. So I think they feel comfortable with me. I really think that is Southern hospitality.”’

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Thursday Morning Man: Brad Marchand!

I’m just mad about this guy.

He’s National Hockey League pro Brad Marchant who is stepping up as a staunch LGBTI ally.

The league has never had an openly gay player but the high-profile member of the Boston Bruins makes clear it will not be a problem.

‘Guys would accept that, no question,’ the left winger tells ESPN.

‘We’re a team in the [dressing] room and a family. It doesn’t matter what different beliefs guys have, or where they come from, or whatever the case may be. Guys would accept it. Again, in the room we’re a family. That’s the way it is on a hockey team, and that’s the way it will always be.

‘It’s bound to happen at some point, and when it does, it will be accepted.’

Marchand, 28, stood up against an anti-gay slur recently on Twitter by writing: ‘This derogatory statement is offensive to so many people around the world, [you’re] the kind of kid parents are ashamed of.’

Marchand says if his reaction to the slur: ‘I want to stand up for what I believe in, and I don’t think it’s right when people say things or bash people because of their sexual orientation. I have friends who are in gay relationships, and I don’t think it’s right for people to be against that.

‘Everyone is allowed to find love whatever way that is, so I felt like that was a time to say something, especially nowadays. We’re in 2017, and things are a lot different than they were 100 years ago. We’re all evolving to be equal, and that’s the way things should be.’

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Late Night Video: Kathy Griffin pays a visit to ‘Conan’

Kathy Griffin is in excellent form during her visit to Conan O’Brien’s show. Best part of this is her Josh Groban stories. I had no idea he was such a man whore!

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‘Will & Grace’ stars tweet about their return

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The ever-popular Ellen DeGeneres has now won 20 People’s Choice Awards – the most in history

Ellen DeGeneres Wins The Most People Choice… by videosuploadedJustin Timberlake could have been speaking for all of us at the People’s Choice Awards tonight when he said of Ellen DeGeneres: ‘She is one of the best people on this planet and no one is more deserving.’ Ellen won three awards – including for favorite daytime TV host – bringing her total number to an astounding 20. In her speech Ellen said of this milestone: ’17, I get it. 18, sure. 19, I can see that. But 20 is outrageous.’ She went on to say: ‘This is really something that means more to me because it comes from the people. You are the people who are responsible for me being up here.’


Wednesday Evening Video: That time Carrie Fisher sang ‘My Guy’ in a bunny suit on ‘Laverne & Shirley’

Can’t believe I’ve never seen this! I did know that for many years Carrie Fisher and Penny Marshall held joint birthday parties that were all the rage but didn’t know Carrie did this guest turn on Laverne & Shirley. We don’t have many performances of Carrie singing but I’m glad we have this one!


Celeb Instagram: Andy Cohen w/Katie Couric! Russell Tovey and that dog! Alan Cumming’s new hair!

Katie said it was time to reach across the aisle! Fun flight today! See you live at 11 w: @nph & @picturesoftext!!

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I went on @harryconnickjr 's show today and had a total hoot AND got this fabulous new hairdo from the brilliant @mmorenonyc ! (Ps it airs Jan 31st)

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Sarah Paulson on how she snuck a sniff of Cher’s hair because she was too starstruck to say hello

If Cher was watching The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night, she may have been finding out about something for the first time.

Sarah Paulson was once at the same event with the icon and too shy to say hello, simply smelled the back of her head unobtrusively.

‘I was in her presence and I really wanted to go up to her,’ Paulson explained.

‘But I was too nervous so I went up to the back of her and sort of pushed my like between her hair and I just hung out there. I think she was about to turn around so I jumped and went back.’

So why is Paulson so in awe of the Oscar-Emmy-Grammy winning icon?

‘I Know most people love her for her music which I do but I think she’s one of the great actresses,’ Paulson said.

Paulson is pretty great herself. In recent months she’s won both the Emmy and Golden Globe for her performance of prosecutor Marcia Clark in American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson.

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Billy Eichner performing at Trump inauguration?

Billy Eichner had a faux announcement to make during his very flirty visit to The Late Show With Stephen Colbert last night.

The Billy on the Street star claimed he was going to be performing at Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration this week.

‘It’s very exciting for a racist, misogynist, homophobic administration to invite a gay Jew from New York to perform at the inauguration, that’s a pretty big deal. I’m very excited about that.’

Colbert asked Eichner exactly what he would be doing during this inauguration ‘performance.’

Replied Eichner: ‘I’m going to be performing mixed martial arts and then I’m going to shoot a deer just for the hell of it. And then in honor of Donald Trump I’m going to pee all over the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.’

The comic added that his performance would be available for viewing on the porn site Xtube.

Eichner also announced, for real, that Colbert will be the celebrity guest on next week’s season finale of Billy on the Street.


Good morning from Steve Grand …

Sorry for the absence of a Morning Man today – have a nice one lined up for tomorrow. To make it up to you, here’s Steve Grand wishing you a good morning … this afternoon. Hope you all are having a great day so far!

Good morning boys and girls

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How do they know?!?

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‘Will & Grace’ is coming back for a ninth season!

Ten years after it left the air, Will & Grace is coming back for a ninth season.

NBC announced today that it has ordered 10 new episodes of the classic sitcom starring Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally.

All four stars had previously indicated they were excited at the prospect after they reunited for a mini episode last fall in support of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

The reunion went viral and has been viewed nearly 7 million times.

‘We started talking with (creators/executive producers Max Mutchnick and David Kohan) about producing new episodes right after they shot the secret reunion show back in September,’ NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salkes said at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Pasadena.

‘And the fact that all four of the original stars were excited about getting back into production is a testament to the joyful experience they had doing nearly 200 episodes for eight seasons.

‘Few things cut through the clutter these days, especially in comedy, and Will and Grace is one of the best.’

James Burrows, who directed every episode of the show, will direct and executive produce the new shows.

Will & Grace is the latest in the latest in a growing list of shows to be revived with their original casts including Gilmore Girls, Arrested Development and Full House.

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Katie Couric chats with Betty White about turning 95

Television icon Betty White celebrates turned 95 yesterday. Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric caught up with The Golden Girls, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Hot in Cleveland star to talk about her secrets to a long and vibrant life, her storied career and her positive outlook.


WATCH: Kenny’s joyous musical number about being in young, gay love on The Real O’Neals

Kenny is in love – young gay love – and he sings all about it with beautiful abandon on tonight’s episode of ABC’s The Real O’Neals. For kids these days to be able to see something like this on prime-time network television makes me so happy and so glad. It is such a joyous thing and to be to see someone revel in it without all the shame is just so huge!

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Jennifer Holliday talks about the Trump inauguration controversy with the ladies of ‘The View’

Jennifer Holliday claims she was not be aware that people weren’t over the election when she agreed to sing at a Trump inauguration event.

She told the ladies of The View today she initially agreed to perform ‘because I’m an artist and I love America.

‘I have performed for four other presidents. I really didn’t think anything of it. It didn’t dawn on me that this was a bad thing and that we weren’t doing America right now.’

She soon found out.

‘One day you wake up and everyone hates you,’ said Holliday who was shocked by ‘terrible tweets and things on my Instagram.’

She had even received death threats, was repeatedly called the N-word and even told she should commit suicide.

Holliday was blindsided because ‘we hadn’t really finalized everything yet. I didn’t know they were going to announce it.’

Holliday sent an email to the Trump people bowing out because ‘it had gotten out of hand.

Although she had initially defended her decision in interviews with The New York Times and Billboard, Holliday explained that it was an article in The Daily Beast explaining why her decision was heartbreaking to gay fans in particular.

‘The gay community, since Dreamgirls, for 35 years has been faithfully there for me.’ Holliday said.

‘The gay community was able to say through the Daily Beast “Look, it’s not just we want to be married. There are other things going on you’re not aware of.” I was like, “Okay, thank you. I’m gonna pull out.”‘

The spotlight has not shone this brightly on Holliday since her early years of stardom with Dreamgirls in the early 1980s.

She was recently back on Broadway in The Color Purple.

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Afternoon Video: Debbie Reynolds besieged by autograph seekers outside restaurant in 2014

All kinds of Debbie Reynolds videos have been popping up on my YouTube page and this one is fascinating to watch. It’s Debbie in 2014, really the last year in which she was still in really good health. She’s 81 or 82 and was having a girls night out, comes out of the restaurant and is besieged with autograph seekers. I’m not sure how it works that they find out she’s in there and arrive with a stack of things they’ll want to sell on eBay but she handles it all with such grace and humor. I love seeing that she got this got this kind of attention in her later years because it’s clear she loved being a star.


Celeb Instagram: Betty White 95th birthday edition

Happy 95th Birthday to this amazing woman. I'm beyond thrilled to have worked with her in my lifetime. @bettymwhite

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Happy birthday to a national treasure. #happybirthdaybettywhite #bettywhite

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Happy 95th birthday Betty White! You are one of my favorites & if I love a life that's even half as full as yours I will be happy with my time on this earth!

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