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Morning Man Encore: Anders Lindegaard!



Originally posted Nov 26, 2012 – not updated
Anders Lindegaard, the goalie for Manchester United, may be straight but he’s thoughtful and wise enough to know it would be good for his sport to have a gay player come out.

“Gay people need a hero,” he writes in a column in the UK newspaper The Sun.

“They need someone who dares to step forward and stand for their sexuality.”

The 27-year-old footballer added: “Of course it is a problem for young gay guys who love football, and feel they must stop their sport. Any discrimination is totally unacceptable, regardless of whether it is to do with color, religion or sexuality. A gay player would fear the reception he gets from fans. My general impression is that other players would accept a gay player without any major problems.”

Straight allies like this are critical when it comes to gay players coming out some day – hopefully soon. By expressing his support prior to a gay player doing so, Lindegaard is doing a world of good.

It makes him as beautiful on the inside as he is on the outside!

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In honor of the late, great Mike Nichols, here are some scenes from “Angels in America”

The death of Oscar-Grammy-Emmy-Tony winning director Mike Nichols has hit people hard because even at 83, he was still doing amazing work.

Married to Diane Sawyer for 26 years, Nichols helmed so many classic films including The Graduate, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Carnal Knowledge, Silkwood, The Birdcage, Working Girl, Postcards From the Edge and Primary Colors, among others.

One of his greatest accomplishments was the HBO adaptations of Angels in America which won Emmys for him and stars Meryl Streep, Al Pacino, Jeffrey Wright and Mary-Louise Parker.

Here are some scenes in honor of the great director:



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Country singer Billy Gilman comes out!

We know that Ty Herndon came out publicly earlier today and now there’s this: fellow country artist Billy Gilman has also come out as gay!

While I had a crush on Ty and knew of his music and the whispers about his sexuality, I had not heard of Billy until today.

He’s a terrific talent who had his first big hit at age 11 and continued to ride high with six albums and more than 5 million records sold.

But as he approached his 20s, music labels wouldn’t even take meetings with him.

There were whispers.

Go see my story over at Gay Star News about Billy and you can also watch his coming out video.

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Sean Hayes gets married!

Sean Hayes revealed on Twitter today that he is officially a married man.

The Will & Grace alum tweeted a photo of he and husband Scott Icenogle, a composer, with this caption: ‘Here’s a #TBT photo of @scotticenogle and me getting married last week. Took us 8 years but we did it!;

The Emmy winning actor appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and on The Talk last month wearing a ring.

He didn’t mention the engagement on the air but upon spotting it, the site RumorFix contacted the actor’s representatives and confirmed that the couple had been engaged for quite some time.

The marriage took place at around the same time that Hayes learned of the cancellation of The Millers, the CBS sitcom he joined this fall as it began its second season.

He co-starred with close friend Will Arnett on the show. Arnett played newly divorced reporter Nathan, whose mother (Margo Martindale) moves in with him when her own 43-year marriage to his father (Beau Bridges) ends.

It had been CBS’s highest-rated new series of the 2013-14 season but that was when it had The Big Bang Theory as a lead-in.

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Check out this week’s episode of “Old Dogs & New Tricks” with Bruce L. Hart as Nelson Van Eddy


Here is the second episode of the new season of the web series Old Dogs & New Tricks – enjoy!

Among the developments: Ross receives good news for a change; Muscles asks Brad for dating advice; Nathan gets a bizarre proposition from Nelson (special guest star Bruce L. Hart), then spends an evening with Jake (Curtis Wayne Brown); Brad parts with a piece of his past. Special guest star Rutanya Alda debuts as Barbara Fierce.

The series stars Leon Acord, Curt Bonnem, Jeffrey Patrick Olson & David Pevsner with Amanda Abel as Lydia. It is written by Leon Acord and directed by John Cleland.
Watch scenes from next week’s episode at http://youtu.be/clelmrPi-Ew

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Country music’s Ty Herndon comes out as gay

Reminder: Even if it is widely known that someone is gay, they are not out until they publicly share the news themselves.

Ty Herndon has taken that step today.

After years of struggle, the singer has come out publicly as a gay man at the age of 51.

Herndon made the revelation to People Magazine this week: ‘My mother probably knew I was gay before I did. I remember sitting down with her and having the conversation.’

Country music has not been seen as welcoming to openly gay artists and Herndon kept his secret when he first hit the charts in 1995 with the single What Mattered Most.

He says his mom was worried about his career choice.

‘She was more concerned about me having a happy life. You have to be able to do that in your own skin, and [my family] has seen me struggle with being gay my whole career.’

After five years of riding high, the strain took a toll. By 2000, Herndon was no longer being played on radio and by 2002 he had stopped touring.

His professional and personal slide that included a divorce from his second wife, bankruptcy, gaining 75 pounds, financial and legal problems and two stints in drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities.

Five years ago, Herndon had an epiphany.

‘During an Anthony Robbins seminar, I realized I had an incredible story that could possibly help someone’s son or daughter or grandchild’s life not be as difficult as mine has been. Maybe they wouldn’t have to go through as much pain and suffering. It’s time to tell my truth.

‘I was 10, sitting in church and horrified that I might be a homosexual. Whatever that word meant, I knew that I probably was one. And I know there’s a lot of those kids still out there. Telling my story is an opportunity to help just one of them.’

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Morning Man Encore: Andrew W. Walker!

Originally posted on November 30, 2012

The leading man is this oh-so handsome guy’s name is Andrew W. Walker.

Is he gorgeous of WHAT?

Lifetime viewers will recognize him from the short-lived series on that network called Against the Wall and he also starred in the Lifetime movies Wicked Minds and Lies and Deception.

But not everything he’s done has aired on Lifetime and Hallmark!

The 35-year-old Canadian got his first big break in US television in 2001 when he was cast in the short-lived sitcom Maybe It’s Me as the son of Fred Willard and Julia Sweeney. He then became a regular on the sitcom Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.

He went on to have a recurring role in the series Cuts and do guest spots on ER, CSI: Miami, CSI: New York, Without a Trace, Big Bang Theory and Sons of Tucson.



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Freddie Smith: “I’m feeling better, taking it day by day. It’s just nice to be back and working”

I posted a few days ago about Freddie Smith facing charges in the accident he was involved with in Ohio that lefty his girlfriend seriously injured.

A lot of readers have weighed in so I know there’s a lot of interest out there.

Soap journalist Michael Fairman snagged the first post-accident interview with Freddie.

‘I’m doing very good – I’m feeling better, taking it day by day,’ he said. ‘It’s just nice to be back and working. I had amazing support from all the fans, friends and family and that’s what’s most important.’

He also acknowledged the support of co-star Guy Wilson who did the interview with him. He said Wilson ‘picked me up and brought me to work a few days. … The support really helped. I felt very blessed to have so many people that cared about me.’

Freddie is back busy working as is Wilson who was off the show for a bit when Will went to LA.

Says Freddie: ‘This next chapter that’s about to come up has been the most interesting, fascinating ups and downs that I’ve ever done.’

Freddie Smith and Guy Wilson Interview – Day of DAYS 2014 from Michael Fairman on Vimeo.

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Jason Collins retires from NBA: “It feels wonderful to have been part of milestones for sports and for gay rights”

It was 18 months ago that Jason Collins came out publicly as a gay NBA player on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Earlier today, he announced he is retiring from the league at the age of 35.

I’m so glad Jason got to play some with the Brooklyn Nets last season so he could make history as the first active openly gay player.

He got to prove that his being in the locker room with all those straight dudes did not cause the world to stop spinning on its axis.

Here are some excerpts from the retirement column Jason wrote for Sports Illustrated:

It feels wonderful to have been part of these milestones for sports and for gay rights, and to have been embraced by the public, the coaches, the players, the league and history.

It had been argued that no team would want to take on a player who was likely to attract a media circus from the outset and whose sexuality would be a distraction. I’m happy to have helped put those canards to rest. The much-ballyhooed media blitz to cover me unscrambled so quickly that a flack jokingly nicknamed me Mr. Irrelevant.

Among the memories I will cherish most are the warm applause I received in Los Angeles when I took the court in my Nets debut, and the standing ovation I got at my first home game in Brooklyn. It shows how far we’ve come.

There are still no publicly gay players in the NFL, NHL or major league baseball. Believe me: They exist. Every pro sport has them. I know some of them personally. When we get to the point where a gay pro athlete is no longer forced to live in fear that he’ll be shunned by teammates or outed by tabloids, when we get to the point where he plays while his significant other waits in the family room, when we get to the point where he’s not compelled to hide his true self and is able to live an authentic life, then coming out won’t be such a big deal. But we’re not there yet.

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Watch out Mariska Hargitay, Rosie O’Donnell has a big crush on your “charming and delicious” hubby

Rosie O’Donnell was at the Worldwide Orphans gala in New York City on Tuesday and found herself at a table with movie hunks Hugh Jackman and Andrew Garfield.

But it was another handsome man who caught her eye: Peter Hermann who was at the event with his actress-wife Mariska Hargitay.

Rosie, a married mother of five, swooned over Hermann who she described as ‘tall, handsome, charming and delicious’ to the audience on The View.

Before she came out publicly as a lesbian, Rosie as we all know had a very public crush on Tom Cruise who she would rave about on her old daytime talk show.

Then, as now, Rosie says she still likes to go ‘window shopping.’

Her co-host on The View, Whoopi Goldberg, summed things up this way: ‘Just because one is a lesbian doesn’t mean one is immune to what is beautiful in a man.’

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What’s gay about “Sexiest Man Alive” issue

There had been reports that Neil Patrick Harris was among the three finalists for People Magazine’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ title.

But when the magazine hit the stands today, it was Australian hunk Chris Hemsworth on the cover.

Harris made light of the speculation after Hemsworth was announced by tweeting: ‘…I was almost so sexy…’

The Tony winner and recently named Oscar host can be found on page 150 of the 170-page issue under the title of ‘Sexiest Moments of the Year.’

He and husband David Burtka are seen in a pose for their London Fog ad campaign on a page that also featured such moments as Nick Jonas’ abs being displayed in a photo shoot and George Clooney at his Italian wedding.

But the issue’s 208 ‘gorgeous guys’ featured, there does appear to be more gay representation than ever before.

Matt Bomer is among the men who ‘made a serious splash in 2014.’

He anchors page 116 with four other men and describes his personal seduction techniques: ‘I’ve definitely left some trails of flower petals before, but mostly I write songs and sing them to the people I love.’

Others in the issue include: Adam Lambert (‘From Geeky to Gorgeous’); designer and director Tom Ford (‘Sexy at Any Age’); Andy Cohen (‘Love Me, Love My Dog’) and Portand, Oregon, TV newsman Reggie Aqui who was a finalist for ‘Hottest Anchor.’

Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson and lawyer husband Justin Mikita made one of the oddly titled ‘They Snagged a Sexy Civilian’ page which features a ‘diverse group of accomplished partners.’

And then there is a pair featured on the ‘Hottest Guys From Around the World’ pages: Tony winner Alan Cumming (Scotland) and former Dancing With the Stars pro Louis van Amstel (Netherlands).

There has yet to be an openly gay ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ in the nearly 30 years that the magazine has been bestowing the title om such stars as Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Richard Gere, Tom Cruise and last year’s choice Adam Levine.

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Lunch Break Video: On her 52nd birthday, a look back at some Jodie Foster movie memories

Time sure does fly.

Jodie Foster turns 52 today and she’s been an actress for just about all of her life.

She’s won Oscars for The Accused and The Silence of the Lambs and been nominated for Nell and Taxi Driver. She’s also starred in such box office hits as Panic Room and Flightplan.

To celebrate her birthday – and her longevity, I’ve delved into the YouTube vaults for a sampling of scenes from throughout her career – all the way back to Freaky Friday and The Little Girl Who Lived Down the Lane.

And, of course, The Partridge Family.

Enjoy!





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Snapped! Supercouple Dustin Lance Black and Tom Daley meet Scotty the Blue Bunny!

Just love to see how much Olympic diver Tom Daley and Oscar winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black seem to be enjoying their tome together whether they are in London – where Daley is based – or in LA.

Lance posted this photo of the pair in London yesterday with a giant bunny.

He writes: So… last night @LaSoiree we met this very tall American rabbit with some rather unique talents. #MustSeeShow! #ScottyTheBlueBunny.

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See Derek Yates crowned as Ellen’s gardener!


Yesterday’s Morning Man Derek Yates appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show where he beat out two other finalists to win the crown of being Ellen’s temporary gardener.

Derek had such a good video and I’m really happy for him!

Watch as the audience applauds him to victory and Ellen rewards him with a $1,000 Target gift card and some other goodies.

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Wednesday Morning Man: Louis Burgdorf!

Insomnia isn’t so bad when you flip on the TV and this handsome guy is on MSNBC.

This is what happened to me the other day when I woke up and couldn’t fall back asleep right away. Decided to watch some of Way Too Early and discovered Thomas Roberts isn’t the only hunk on the show.

Get a load of Louis Burgdorf!

He does The Cooler segment on Way Too Early and has some mighty sexy stubble this week.

Louis is also a senior producer and correspondent for MSNBC’s Morning Joe and has represented the show at various glitzy events like the Academy Awards.

As if I wasn’t already jealous enough of Andy Cohen for having his own talk show and getting to be BFFs with Anderson Cooper, he also got Louis to sit on his lap on the set of Watch What Happens Live!

To see more pics of Louis and his exciting life, his Instagram account is nbclou.


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Days of Our Lives: Sonny’s mom judges Will for leaving his husband behind for his LA dream

I’m glad these clips have some of new Chad because that guy is sexy.

Will remains unseen as Sonny carries on in Salem on his own dealing with some Ben drama (who the hell cares>?).

Also, Sonny has to deal with his mom’s negative feelings towards Will and his leaving his husband behind for his Hollywood dream. Sonny rightly points out that his mom has not seen her own hubby for months.

True that!

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“Thor” star Chris Hemsworth has been chosen as People Magazine’s 2014 Sexiest Man Alive

Chris Hemsworth the sexiest man alive?

Hard to quibble with that!

“I think you’ve bought me a couple of weeks of bragging rights around the house,” Hemsworth toldPeople of his new honor. “I can just say to (my wife), ‘Now remember, this is what the people think, so I don’t need to do the dishes anymore, I don’t need to change nappies. I’m above that. I’ve made it now.’ ”

I was rooting for Neil Patrick Harris to be named People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2014.

He would have been the first openly gay man to nab the campy honor.

NPH wrote on Twitter tonight:” …I was almost so sexy…”

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Check out actor Paul Bettany’s absolutely brilliant response to a homophobic Twitter troll

English actor Paul Bettany, star of such films as A Beautiful Mind, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and The Da Vinci Code, was inexplicably the target of a homophobic troll recently.

Bettany, married to Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Connelly, had a brilliant reply to the online attacker who referred to him as a “pussy faggot.”

I’ve posted the full text below and love how it politely corrects this idiot’s grammar and signs off with “Hugs and kisses.”

Love it!

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Derek Yates to be announced today at Ellen’s new – temporary – gardener!

Had just posted Derek Yates as Morning Man and one of the guys vying to be Ellen’s new gardener (the old one got a role in Magic Mike sequel) and now I see that Derek is the winner!

Ellen will feature him on today’s show.

I’m not sure if that means he has to actually mow her and Portia’s lawn but whatever is involved, congrats to Derek!

Below is his very adorable and kinda sexy audition video:

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A look back at Joan Rivers’ visits with Kathie Lee and Hoda on “The Today Show”


Like so many of us, I’m still missing Joan Rivers whose death, it would seem from a recent report, was entirely preventable.

I had not realized how often she had appeared on The Today Show (the fun fourth hour with Kathie Lee and Hoda) until I came across this compilation of some of her moments with the duo.

Thought you’d all like to see it.

Enjoy.

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