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Lunch Break Video: Wanda Sykes talks about her trip to Disneyland on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”

Wanda Sykes is a scream! Love her take on visiting Disneyland and the people who play princesses who are all royal at the theme park then have to go home to their crappy apartment and their family: “I’m a princess dammit!”

BONUS VIDEO: Wanda also tells Ellen about the time a ghost visited her in her hotel room.

Thursday Morning Man: Brendan Cole!

Today is this handsome guy’s 39th birthday so as his present, he’s our Morning Man!

He’s Brendan Cole who appeared on the BBC show Strictly Come Dancing and is a judge on the New Zealand version of Dancing with the Stars.

A dancer since the age of six, Brendan specializes in Latin American Dancing.

He has supported several charity functions including children’s anti-bullying campaigning group Act Against Bullying.

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Laverne Cox one of People’s most beautiful women

Sandra Bullock may have been given the cover but Laverne Cox is still getting plenty of attention for being included in People Magazine’s annual World’s Most Beautiful Woman issue.

The trans actress, who was showcased on the cover of Time Magazine last year, was also nominated for an Emmy for her breakout role on the Netflix comedy Orange is the New Black.

People writes of Cox: ‘The actress has left a big impression on Hollywood (and America) in a very short amount of time. Cox’s skillful performance as Sophia on Orange Is the New Black and her work advocating for transgender women make her one of our boldest beauties yet.’

Others who made the issue include Vanessa Hudgens, Ariana Grande, Shay Mitchell and Taraji P. Henson.

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Greg In Hollywood makes a tiny cameo on “The Late Late Show” with James Corden

So today is my birthday but I’ve been celebrating for a few days now.

Two of my closest friends, Lorna Harris and Danny Sullivan, treated me to a lovely dinner last night at The Whisper Lounge at The Grove.

We walked over to the restaurant from CBS studios where we had attended a taping of The Late Late Show with James Corden.

It was really fun!

It was only the show’s 16th episode but it is already a well-oiled machine and runs so smoothly. Corden is a riot – an absolute natural for this genre.

The big guest was supposed to be Betty White but she had to cancel due to illness. Hopefully the 93 year old dynamo is feeling better today. But we had a pretty good line-up anyway: Kristen Stewart, Ben McKenzie and Mark Ronson.

During one of Corden’s bits, he waded into the audience to try out an app where people take a selfie and find out which celebrity they look like. As he was testing it on a woman named Boyanna, you can see yours truly in the background!

I’m ready for my close up!

Doris Day on the last time she saw Rock Hudson

Doris Day first met Rock Hudson in 1959 on the set of Pillow Talk, their first movie together.

But it is the last time they saw each other that makes the now 91-year-old retired movie legend the most emotional now.

‘He was very sick. But I just brushed that off and I came out and put my arms around him and said "Am I glad to see you,"’ she tells People Magazine.

Even though he was dying of complications from AIDS during that final visit in 1985, Hudson kept his promise to appear in the premiere episode of Day’s new talk show.

‘He’d get very tired,’ she recalls of his visit to Carmel in California where she lives and where the show was taped.

‘I’d bring him his lunch and fix him a big platter but he couldn’t eat. I’d say "What if I get a fork and feed you" but he said "Doris I can’t eat."’

Saying goodbye was heartbreaking for Day who also starred in Send Me No Flowers and Lover Come Back with Hudson.

He died less than five months after the last visit to Carmel.

‘They had a small plane to get him to the airport,’ Day remembers. ‘We kissed goodbye and he gave me a big hug and he held onto me. I was in tears. That was the last time I saw him – but he’s in heaven now.’

Of their successful partnership she says: ‘I think the reason people liked our movies is because they could tell how much we liked each other. It came across that way on screen. He was a good friend.’


Wednesday Morning Man: Ben McKenzie!

Yesterday, I joined some friends at a taping of The Late Late Show With James Corden and one of the guests was Ben McKenzie.

I cannot believe I’ve never featured him as Morning Man!

Of course I watched him on The OC on which he played Ryan Atwood for four years and loved him in his tank tops.

But that was only the beginning.

Ben went on to play rookie police officer Ben Sherman on Southland for five seasons and I watched every episode. Love that show and Ben was terrific in it.

Now 36, he is headlining yet another TV series: Gotham.

In this Batman prequel, Ben portrays James Gordon as a young detective new to Gotham City – the same character who later becomes Commissioner Gordon in the Batman franchise.

Here’s hoping for another long run for Ben!

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Days of Our Lives: Will seems to say all Sonny wants to hear; John tracks down Paul in San Francisco

What a difference a day makes.

Today Sonny is encouraged by Chad to go home and talk things out with Will. So he does and he encounters a husband who seems a little less insane than yesterday saying all the right things and owning his behavior.

Uh, okay.

My feeling is he’s not sincere since he is still toying with the idea of another story on Paul. Yeah, sure, a ‘journalist’ doing a story on a guy he had an affair with and is his husband’s ex.

No conflict there!

Meanwhile, John has traveled to San Francisco to try and connect with his newfound son Paul.

Paul is still holding a grudge over John’s treatment of him back in Salem but considering all that’s happened, seems like he outa just GET OVER IT!

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Thomas Roberts to be honored by GLAAD

It was nearly nine years ago that then CNN Headline News anchor Thomas Roberts came out publicly as a gay man at a gathering of fellow journalists in Miami.

I was in the room that day and it was a powerful moment.

His career suffered some setbacks after he went public but it is now in high gear with Roberts anchoring a two-hour show on MSNBC each weekday that has helped the network’s ratings grow in the time period.

GLAAD has just announced that it will be honoring Roberts next month in New York City with its Vito Russo Award which is given to an out media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality for the LGBT community.

‘Quite a HUGE HONOR!’ Roberts posted on Facebook after learning of the news. ‘WOW!’

GLAAD praises Roberts for putting LGBTI issues front and center of his news coverage, often bringing attention to stories overlooked by other national news outlets.

Those stories on MSNBC Live With Thomas Roberts and other programs have included pieces on out athletes, marriage equality, and discrimination within the Boy Scouts of America. He has also given a voice to many transgender advocates and dedicated several segments to the bullying faced by LGBTI youth.

‘Thomas Roberts isn’t afraid to put a spotlight on injustices faced by LGBT people that all too often go unreported,’ GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement.

‘As a journalist and anchor with millions of viewers, he brings stories to national attention, leading the conversation and accelerating acceptance of the LGBT community.’

Previous Vito Russo Award honorees include George Takei, Anderson Cooper, Ricky Martin, Rosie O’Donnell, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, Alan Cumming, Tom Ford, and Cynthia Nixon.

Russo was one of GLAAD’s co-founders and the author of The Celluloid Closet.


Cheers to Patti LuPone on her 66th birthday!

The great Patti LuPone has soared on Broadway in Gypsy, Anything Goes, Evita, Sweeney Todd and Master Class and on the London Stage in Sunset Boulevard, Les Miserables and The Cradle Will Rock.

She’s a two-time Tony winning musical theater giant who is still going strong.

But to my straight friend Danny, she’s just Libby from Life Goes On.

Either way, she’s awesome and today she turns 66 years old.

To celebrate, here are some classic LuPone ballads:

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Lily Tomlin remembers 1970s audience becoming ‘deathly still’ when she told Johnny Carson she didn’t want kids

Lily Tomlin is always plenty busy but right now she’s especially so with two major projects to promote: the feature film Grandma and the Netflix comedy series Grace and Frankie opposite Jane Fonda.

Lily is doing a lot of interviews to talk them up and one of them was with HuffPost Live on Monday.

She recalled the time in the early 1970s when she guested on NBC’s The Tonight Show.

Host Johnny Carson asked her the question.

It wasn’t ‘Are you gay?’ But it might as well have been.

Carson asked Tomlin, then one of the stars of TV’s Laugh In, about being single without children.

When Tomlin answered that she wasn’t interested in having kids, she remembers the audience became ‘deathly still.’

‘So finally I broke the ice. I said [to Carson], ‘Well, who’s got custody of yours?’ Tomlin told

‘He laughed. He said “touche” or something like that, and he got off of it.’

Then in 1975, TIME Magazine offered Tomlin its cover if she would use it to announce she is gay. It was 22 years before Ellen DeGeneres chose the very same venue to do so.

Tomlin, now 75, simply wasn’t ready.

‘I wonder if I’d come out on that ’75 cover of TIME if I would have had as long a career as I’ve had, because it would have been an inopportune time to make such a grand statement,’ Tomlin said. ‘I mean, Ellen didn’t really come out until 20 years later.’

She got the cover anyway in 1977 with an article about her phenomenal success on Broadway.

‘I wasn’t totally forthcoming,’ Tomlin says of that time in her career. ‘Everybody in the business knew I was gay, and certainly everybody I worked with and everything like that. I just never had a press conference to announce it.’

Tomlin has been in a relationship with writer-director Jane Wagner since 1971. The couple, frequent professional collaborators, were legally married in 2013.

‘It’s been a long life,’ Tomlin says. ‘I’ve been really lucky.’


Reba McEntire on gay kids and grandkids: ‘You made ‘em. They’re a gift from God. Love ‘em as they are’

When Kelly Clarkson said in as recent interview that she didn’t care if one of her kids turned out to be gay, among those who backed her up publicly with an ‘amen!’ was the great Reba McEntire.

McEntire, whose stepson is married to Clarkson, believes parents and grandparents need to be completely accepting.

‘What a child needs when they’re growing up is support and love, mainly love,’ McEntire tells PrideSource in an interview posted Monday. ‘Love can go a long, long ways whether they’re gay or not.

‘All the troubles and the problems and the obstacles that they are going to face in their lives are going to be astronomical, especially in their very young, inexperienced minds,’ she adds. ‘And if they do happen to be gay, that’s going to be a harder hurdle to get over. What a parent needs to do more than anything is jump in there with love and support. You made ‘em. They’re a gift from God. Love ‘em as they are.’

McEntire also spoke out in support of gay marriage.

‘I don’t understand why people have a problem with it,’ she said. ‘I’m a very spiritual person, but I don’t judge. I try not to; I’m only human. To each his own, and everybody is different. God did not make us all the same. So, I just pray for an open mind and a loving heart, and I think that’s all I can do.’

Well said Reba!


Tuesday Morning Man: Ryan Serhant!

Somehow got caught up watching a marathon of Million Dollar Listing New York recently and developed a mad crush on Ryan Serhant, one of the show’s three leads.

Very, very sexy!

Ryan is just 30 years old and is already one of the most successful real estate brokers in the world, with teams under his leadership in both New York and LA.

In addition, his acting career was recently launched with a role opposite Ben Stiller in Noah Baumbach’s feature film While We’re Young.

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Days of Our Lives: Poor Sonny Kiriakis finds himself married to a stranger named Will Horton

Where does Days of Our Lives plan to go with the character of Will Horton – a character that has been completely ruined?

Maybe we’ll have Sonny get out of the shower soon and realize this has all been a bad dream like Bobby Ewing on Dallas all those years ago.

The writers have Will acting like a complete idiot and the fact that Sonny and Marlena seem to catch him in every lie makes it all the more ridiculous.

How can someone as evolved and principled as Sonny ever want to stay married to someone as irrational and immature as this Will?

Today’s scenes are painful to watch.

Meanwhile, Sonny is also dealing with his mom’s infidelity – and his dad’s.

Stay strong Sonny!

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Sam Smith: “If someone called me fat that affects me way more than someone calling me faggot”

Two years ago, Sam Smith was serving beers and cleaning toilets at a British pub.

Four Grammys and a huge selling debut album later, Smith is one of the most famous openly gay men in the world.

But he still has his struggles.

In this new 60 Minutes Australia interview, Sam shares how much his weight struggles affect him.

“If someone called me fat that affects me way more than someone calling me faggot. I think just because I’ve accepted that. If someone calls me a faggot, it’s like, I am gay and I’m proud to be gay so there are no issues. If someone calls you fat it’s like, that’s something I want to change. That’s something I can change so that affects me more….From a young age food has controlled me….when I felt lonely I would eat.”


Matt Bomer’s new “Magic Mike” poster revealed!

Our favorite Ken doll is back!

Matt Bomer’s Magic Mike XXL poster has just been unveiled and I completely and utterly approve.

Warner Bros. Pictures will release Magic Mike XXL in theaters on July 1, 2015 and it will be fun to see Bomer & company back on the big screen!.


Wishing a happy 78th birthday to George Takei!

I hope to live to be 78 and beyond and if I do, my role model for staying young and vibrant and happy is George Takei.

He is astounding and is indeed forever young.

The ever-popular Star Trek icon became an outspoken activist – and a publicly out – in 2005 when then-California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill passed by both houses of the state legislature that would have made same-sex marriage legal in the state.

‘I decided I had to speak out and my voice had to be authentic,’ Takei said last year.

He has not looked back since and Brad Takei, already together for 20 years, were married in 2008.

‘I feel most blessed because I have the love of this most wonderful man,’ Takei said. ‘He’s my manager and he tells me what to do … and we have built our lives and our career together.

‘I feel most blessed being gay … We are proud to be part of this community.’

Below is one of my favorite Takei videos – he’s doing his happy dance.

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Monday Morning Man: Andrew Cooper!

if you caught the latest episode of The Royals last night then you no doubt enjoyed the scenes featuring today’s very handsome Morning Man.

Andrew Cooper played Beck, the best friend of the late young prince who had been heir to the throne but was killed in a tragic accident. Of course he had a swimming pool scene that allowed us to enjoy him shirtless.

Andrew, who is in his early 30s, has just a few acting credits because up until now he has been best known as a top male model who has been the face of Giorgio Armani and Emporio Armani.

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Showtune Sunday: Three gorgeous versions of “I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Adele, George Michael and Bonnie Raitt

I Can’t Make You Love Me is one of my all-time favorite songs ever since I saw Bonnie Raitt sing it live on the Grammys in 1992.

It was written by Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin and recorded by Raitt on her Luck of the Draw album. The song is ranked #339 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

The pensive ballad depicts a now one-sided romantic relationship about to end. It has some brutally honest lyrics that I could relate to at that time:

Turn down the lights, turn down the bed
Turn down these voices inside my head

Lay down with me, tell me no lies
Just hold me close, don’t patronize… don’t patronize me

‘Cause I can’t make you love me if you don’t
You can’t make your heart feel something it won’t.

Here are three versions of the songs: Adele, George Michael and Miss Raitt herself:

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Morning Man Classic: Val Kilmer!

Who could forget the beach volleyball scene in Top Gun?

Not me!

So today I share it with you again as we shine a spotlight on the young Val Kilmer whose legendary lips made me swoon in such films as Batman Forever, The Saint, Willow, Real Genius, and The Ghost and the Darkness.

His other film roles include The Doors, Heat, Tombstone, Alexander and the terrific Kiss Kiss Bang Bang opposite Robert Downey Jr.

Now 55 and his leading man days mostly behind him, Kilmer has segued into character roles and also been working on the stage including The Ten Commandments: The Musical.

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Andy Cohen finds an excuse to have shirtless guys parade around on “Watch What Happens Live”

In the game “What’s that Architectural Wonder Down Under?,” Million Dollar Listing New York’s Fredrik Eklund, Luis D. Ortiz and Ryan Serhant guess what famous building is erected under the pants of some really hunky male models – especially the guy from London!