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WATCH: Rosie O’Donnell opens up on “The Today Show” about becoming a grandmother first first time

Rosie O’Donnell, a star of Showtime’s “SMILF,” stopped by NBC’s The Today Show this week and shared with Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager what it was like holding her very first grandchild for the first time. “It was really trippy, I have to say,” she said.

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Morning Round-Up: Rep. Brian Sims; Ross Mathews; Billy Eichner; Gregg Araki; Bayard Rustin; “Rent”

Gay politician Brian Sims banned from Facebook for sharing an anti-gay slur directed at him Queerty

Just Months After Break Up, It Appears Ross Mathews Could Have A New Man Instinct

Billy Eichner Wants to Be the First Gay Bachelor Advocate

British Footballer Denies Report He Came Out as Gay to Teammates Towleroad

Gregg Araki’s New TV Series ‘Now Apocalypse’ is a Hallucinatory Dive into Sexuality, Dreams, and Fame in L.A. Towleroad

Music Video: Virtual Choir Rocks RENT’s ‘Seasons Of Love’ The Randy Report

In Newly Released Audio, Bayard Rustin Talks About His Gay Identity Gay City News

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Thomas Roberts wins #10yearchallenge!

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Ok. I’ll play. #10yearchallenge

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Happy 97th birthday to Betty White!

Betty White turns 97 today!

What a career she’s had from Life With Elizabeth in the 1950s to The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the 1970s to The Golden Girls in the 1980s and 90s to her most recent hit series Hot in Cleveland which ended its six season run in 2015.

I had my moment with Betty back in 2004 in the lobby of the Paley Center in Beverly Hills before a Golden Girls panel with her, Bea Arthur and Rue McClanahan began.

We had a really good laugh when I told Betty that my absolute favorite Rose Nyland moment was when a little girl was holding Rose’s beloved teddy bear for ransom. In a moment of expert comedy timing, Rose grabs the teddy bear out of the little girl’s clutches and pushes her out the door while saying, “Sometimes life just isn’t fair kiddo!’

Check it out below:

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Thursday Morning Man: Márton Fucsovics!

The Australian Open is underway 26-year-old Márton Fucsovics of Hungary lost in the second round yesterday to Borna Coric.

But the gorgeous Márton still wins the title for best hair!

He’s is currently ranked 35th in the world – his highest career ranking to date – and it was bad luck that he had to play the higher ranked Coric so early in the tournament.

Márton won his first ATP Tour title last May at the Geneva Open and broke into the top 50 for the first time. He had won four titles on the ATP Challenger circuit and as a junior, he won the Wimbledon Boys Singles title and the US Open Boys Doubles.

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Love Dustin Lance Black’s 10 Year Challenge

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10 years ago I made a big promise on a very big stage and expressed the then improbable hope that I might “fall in love and one day get married.” A decade later, after marches, protests, court battles, one magical chance meeting, and a big move, that hope is now a beautiful reality. #10yearchallenge

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Morning Round-Up: “Rosewell,” Gus Kenworthy; Kenneth Walsh; “Grace & Frankie” renewed” and more!

There Was a Hot Gay Alien Hookup on Last Night’s “Roswell, New Mexico” Premiere NewNowNext

Metrosource gala honors “People We Love” including Kenneth Walsh! Kennethinthe212

‘Grace & Frankie’ Receives Season 6 Renewal Homorazzi

Gus Kenworthy claps back at criticisms of new Gillette advertisement Gay Star News

Rob Gronkowski Flashes Reporters in the Locker Room Instinct

Spider-Man: Far From Home Is First Marvel Film to Cast Out Trans Actors Advocate

Sam Smith reveals Elton John gave him his drag queen name Gay Star News

Grindr Axes Staff of LGBTQ Publication Into in Mass Layoff Advocate

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Days of Our Lives: Leo steps up his efforts to bed Xander who hasn’t yet made up his mind

Tuesday’s episode of Days of Our Lives was all kinds of fun.

Leo (Greg Rikaart) crawled into bed with a sleeping Xander (Paul Teller) who seems to be seriously considering having sex with Leo in order to obtain info that would help his effort to run his uncle’s company.

Stay tuned … I’ll keep you posted. Days of Our Lives airs weekdays on NBC. The scene is below along with some others:

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Celeb Instagram: 10 Year Challenge Edition!

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#10YearChallange #2009vs2019

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Ok getting in on the fun. #tenyearchallenge. #howharddidaginghityouch #TransIsBeautiful

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Alright alright alright my turn! 10-year challenge!!! I was 19. Traveled around Costa Rica with my school backpack at the time this picture was taken. I only brought two shirts, two shorts and a pair of shoes. BROKE BUT HAPPY. Slept in hostels, hammocks by the beach, stranger’s home, and even on streets (how did I not get attacked or robbed!?! I guess me being deaf helped ignore thiefs trying to talk to me!). Life of the party and did not care about my future because my passion was no where to be found. Oh to go back… and at the same time to leave it there because I absolutely love what I do now, specifically changing the perception of deaf and disabled people. If I told my 19 year old self who I would be in 10 years, my 19 year old self would throw his first generation T-Mobile sidekick phone (at the time) to my current self, thinking I’m one crazy fucker! love you all and pura vida!!! xx #10yearchallenge

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Time flies. #10yearchallenge

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#10yearchallenge. I never realized how differently I hold my hand now.

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Andy Murray reacts to tributes from fellow pros

Former World No. 1 Andy Murray lost his first round match in his final Australian Open. He gave all he had in a five-set defeat. After the match, Murray watched a tribute video that included well wishes from some of the game’s biggest stars. The two-time Wimbledon champion, two-time Olympic Champion and 2012 US Open winner hopes to play until Wimbledon this summer.


Wednesday Morning Man: Michael Venus!

My blogger pal Kenneth Walsh of Kenneth in the 212 fame certainly has a way with words.

On his recent Weekend Tennis Round-Up, Kenneth describes today’s Morning Man as “hot ass Michael Venus.”

Sounds good to me!

Venus is from New Zealand who is a doubles specialist. He won the final of the 2017 French Open, partnering with American Ryan Harrison, and followed that with a runner-up finish in the 2017 US Open mixed doubles, with Chan Hao-ching of Chinese Taipei as his partner. n 2018 he made the men’s doubles final at Wimbledon with Raven Klaasen, losing to Mike Bryan and Jack Sock.

He has won 8 doubles titles in his career and is currently ranked 15th in the world in doubles.

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Late Night Video: See the entire unsold television pilot of 1966′s “The Carol Channing Show”

Between her biggest Broadway triumph (Hello, Dolly!) and biggest film success (Oscar nomination for Thoroughly Modern Millie), Carol Channing tried to become a TV star.

The failed pilot for a series was created by Desi Arnaz, and used some of the same writers on such classic Desilu series as I Love Lucy and The Lucy Show: Bob Carroll Jr, and Madelyn Pugh.

A review posted on IMDB states:
Carol is cast as a sweet but in-your-face rube from “Frisbee”, wherever that is, who comes to New York in hopes of making it in show business. Quickly out of money, her friend Jane Dulo lets her move in with her and husband policeman until Carol finds a job. In this pilot, Carol goes through two bad jobs, one in a restaurant, the other as a taxi dancer.

A very delightful surprise is seeing Desi Arnaz Jr (all of thirteen!!!) with his hair slicked back and a fake mustache playing a nonspeaking cameo as a tango-loving customer of the ballroom, a character obviously much older than Desi Jr’s years.


Roger Federer – 10 years apart Down Under!

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Are we doing this #10yearchallenge right? #AusOpen

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What “Hello, Dolly!” star Carol Channing said about beating “Funny Girl” Barbra Streisand out for Tony Award

Had somehow forgotten about a short but sweet joint interview I did with Carol Channing and Tommy Tune at the Actors Fund LA Tony Awards party in 2008.

Here’s my favorite part:
Greg: When you won for “Hello Dolly,” was that one of the greatest nights for you?
Carol: When you’re up for an award, you get a case of the willies. It won for best sets and best prchestration and now they’re not gonna give it to me at the end? You get very nervous about it. You can’t lose or else it will look like everyone else won for the show in spite of me. But I could have lost it because Barbra Streisand was up at the same time.”
Greg: But you beat her!

Carol: We don’t mention that whenever she’s anywhere near.

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A look back at my 2006 interview and other meetings with the late and very great Miss Carol Channing

Carol Channing, who has just died at the age of 97, was one of the showbiz greats and so many people are appreciating her on this sad day.

We first met in 2006 when I was a columnist for the Los Angeles Daily News and Miss Channing was among the legendary ladies who were donating items to the Smithsonian. Others included Esther Williams, Rose Marie, Julie Newmar, Florence Henderson, Tippi Hedren and June Lockhart.

Miss Channing was with her current husband – and junior high school sweetheart – Harry Kullijian and they seemed like a coupla lovebirds. So I congratulated her on that when we spoke:

Greg: “I’m so glad you found each other.”
Carol: “Oh thank you. You must have a wonderful girl or wife.”
Greg: “Actually, if I had anybody it would be a boy.”
Carol: “Oh, well that’s alright. It’s love!”

Below is the article published in the Daily News the next day:

Carol Channing may be 87 years old and a certified Broadway legend, but the star of “Hello, Dolly!” and “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” still feels like there is so much ahead. She’s blissfully married to her fourth husband, Harry Kullijian, who was junior high school sweetheart and looked her up after she wrote about him in her 2001 memoir “Just Lucky I Guess.” Together, they have been sweeping throughout the state of California working to restore the creative arts to the public school system.

“At my age now, I can lift (kid’s) lives,” Miss Channing said when we spoke recently. “They cry, the teachers do, to see these wonderful little brains desintegrating right before our eyes and they’re looking for something to excite them and so they get into the craziest things. They’re not in love with life and that’s what the arts brings….I can see these little children growing up, exposed to the arts. Oh boy, it’s the greatest high in the world.”

If there was ever anyone who is living proof of how the arts can enhance a life, it is this three-time Tony winner and Oscar nominee:”I wanted to lift people’s lives from the fourth grade on, my first time on stage in the school auditorium,” she said. “I realized, that’s what I want to do for the rest of my life, it’s like a calling.

Her Broadway career began in 1941 and by the end of that decade, she was a huge star with such credits as “Lend An Ear,” “Wonderful Town” and “Blondes.” But it was “Dolly” in 1964 that cemented her status as one of the theater’s grand leading ladies. She stayed with the show for three years, starred in a 1978 revival then in 1995, came to Broadway one last time for another run as “Dolly” followed by a national tour.” The last “Dolly” production was the end of her heading up major theatrical productions. But she is still performing.

“I go from one great theater to another and do my one-woman show, talk about the arts, and introduce my husband,” she said.

Husbands haven’t always such a great topic for Miss Channing. She was quite young when she married writer Theodore Naidish. After their divorce, she married Canadian pro football player Alexander Carson with whom she had a son. That marriage too ended in divorce and in 1956, she married her manager and publicist, Charles Lowe. Although they were married for 42 years, she filed for divorce in 1998 and confessed that the union had never really been a happy one.

That has made her current marriage to Kullijian all the more sweet: “For the first time, everything is in front of me. Everything. It’s the happiest time in my life.”

Related posts:
** Carol Channing: “The gay community is responsible for so much of my success, and I love them.”
** Chatting up Tommy Tune and Carol Channing on Tony night…
** A recap of Carol Channing memorable – and star-studded – 95th birthday celebration
** Stars pay tribute to the ageless Carol Channing at her one woman show
** Greg’s evening with Carol Channing, Esther Williams and other legends…


WATCH: Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda visit Ellen to talk season five of “Grace & Frankie” and much more

It’s time for another season of the Netflix series Grace & Frankie (season 5!) which means the glorious duo of Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda are doing the publicity rounds.

Today they appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Comedy legend Tomlin explained to Ellen why she turned down an offer from Time magazine to be on the cover of a 1975 issue in which she would have come out as gay. Plus, Lily and Jane chat about a sequel to their beloved movie “9 to 5,” and what Lily plans to do for her 80th birthday later this year.

Since the upcoming fifth season of “Grace and Frankie” on Netflix has been dubbed the “F**k It” season, Ellen quizzed the duo with questions they had to honestly answer. Find out which celebrities Jane wants to do a love scene with, and what one word Lily would use to describe her longtime friend and co-star.

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Robin Roberts on friend Diane Sawyer: “Knowing Diane has made me a better journalist and human being”

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I often think how blessed I am to have such incredible, dynamic, thoughtful people in my life like @dianesawyer…not only a colleague but also a life long friend. My sister Dorothy’s home was severely damaged after Hurricane Katrina and she and her girls had to live with momma for awhile. Dorothy asked me if I knew that Diane called the house often to check on momma. I had no idea she did that! Knowing Diane has made me a better journalist and human being. #ThoughtfulTuesday #ThelmaAndLouise #SereneIn2019

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Celeb Instagram: Tributes to Carol Channing!

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Carol was a true life-force…a kind and effervescent woman who never allowed the parade to pass her by! xo B

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Rest In Peace dear Carol… I’ll never forget seeing you in “Hello, Dolly” along with Joey and Lorna… the wonderful parties together, the openings in New York, our time with Halston. Such bright memories. #carolchanning #rip #hellodolly @lornaluftofficial #lizaminnelli #lornaluft #dollylevi

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Every part of her is involved. Every molecule is alive and thrives, is breathing and powerfully ignited. Her spirit soared and she roared like a lion. The noise she left on the planet changed the molecular structure of art and shook its foundation And she was a queer icon in the days when it was dangerous and lethal. Her love of our community was contagious. Carol catapulted the outrageous into the stratosphere and exploded into our hearts and our lives like a grenade Kind. Compassionate. Honorable. And a true humanitarian. She loved her work and her work loved her Goodbye Lady. Your gift is endless and now you are once again, among the stars #transrightsarehumanrights #transisbeautiful #wewillnotbeerased #resist

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Rest In Heavenly Peace Carol Channing. I’m so glad I got to know you briefly on and off the stage. There will never be another . She took everything that was unique, outrageous and absolutely bananas in herself and had the audacity to put it all center stage. Nothing about her – her voice, her height , her manner made any conventional sense and that made her a star. You know you’re a global phenomenon when EVERYONE can do an impression of you. She taught me there’s NO power in diminishing yourself in order to fit in. Towards the end her body wouldn’t let her do what she wanted it to do , but when we passed each other at events and fundraisers she’d give me a look that let me know she was still in there and in on the joke. She believed passionately that arts education was as essential to children as academics. She called art “fertilizer on the brain” -that art not only enhanced one’s intelligence it increased it. I count myself lucky to have spent time with her spirit . BE YOURSELF. And if you can’t , BE CAROL CHANNING. #carolchanning #icon #legend #iconoclast #star #broadway #gayicon

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God’s singing, “Wow wow wow, Fellas! Look at the old girl now, Fellas! Dolly will never go away again!!!!” #darlinggirl #restwell #carolchanning #luciearnaz #hellodolly #loveandthanks #theatrequeen #goddess #makingmemories #inspirationalpeople #innerchild

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Paying tribute to the great Carol Channing

I took this photo of Carol Channing about nine years ago at the West Hollywood Book Fair and it’s a sweet memory of a showbiz legend who has died at the age of 97.

This national treasure was a testament to remaining passionate and forever young.

She, of course, was best known for her Tony Award winning role of Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly which ran on Broadway forever then was a sensation in several later revivals.

But we also loved her in her Oscar-nominated role in Thoroughly Modern Millie and in her many hilarious talk show and sitcom guest appearances.

She was a force of nature and I hope she knew how many people appreciated her for sharing her great talent and energy with us for all these years and for all the work she and her beloved late husband, Harry Kullijian, have done to keep the arts in schools.

She had said the arts are like ‘fertilizer for the brain.’

Below is Miss Channing’s hilarious appearance on What’s My Line, her channeling Marlene Dietrich, a trailer for a fabulous documentary about her life that is a must-see as well her performing the wonderful ballad Before the Parade Passes By from her biggest hit show Hello Dolly. I’ve also included a memorable scene from the 1985 TV movie Alice and Wonderlandand, of course, her most famous line: ‘Rasberries!’.

We will never forget this great and enduring star.

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Tuesday Morning Man: Ken Kirby!

Have you seen the new TV series Good Trouble which is a spinoff of The Fosters?

I attended a special screening last week at the Los Angeles LGBT Center and am absolutely hooked!

One of the cast members is today’s very handsome Morning Man: Ken Kirby!

He plays a law clerk and we aren’t sure yet if he’s a good guy of a backstabbing snake! But we are sure that he is very sexy.

Kirby previously appeared in the series The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo and has done guest spots on such shows as Supernatural, Smallville and The Gifted.

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