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.
Derek Yates is among the guys who is vying to be Ellen DeGeneres’ gardener and well, he can trim my hedges anytime!
Derek is a model/actor/singer and says of performing: ‘Acting is an opportunity to set aside who you are and see through the eyes of someone else while gaining a new perspective on life. Singing is a rush like nothing else. I’ve learned so much about myself from doing both of these things that has helped to shape me into an even better person.’
Personal tragedy has resulted in Derek becoming an advocate for not driving while impaired. On August 1, 2011, his 25 year old brother was killed in a accident by an impaired driver on his way home from work. Derek and his family launched a non-profit, 1N3 (www.1n3foundation.com, www.facebook.com/iam1N3) in honor of his brother.
Good luck to Derek in all that he’s doing!
I was seated at the same table as Shane Bitney Crone at the LA LGBT Center gala 10 days ago and we did a little interview that I hope to post within the next few days.
But since then, Shane has been a busy man and recently met Oprah Winfrey whose OWN channel aired Shane’s documentary Bridegroom last year.
Shane posted this photo with Oprah and writes: I met a spectacular human being last night who graciously opened her heart to me and shared my story, changing the course of my life forever. I’ll always be grateful to Oprah, Sheri Salata, and The Oprah Winfrey Network team for helping me not only honor my late partner Tom and for sharing my journey, but for also helping me discover my voice and allowing my life to be guided by something that is so much bigger than me. Full of gratitude, love, hope and inspiration right now.
I know there have been some people who have been eagerly awaiting an update on the Freddie Smith situation.
The Days of Our Lives actor was involved in a car crash last month in Ohio.
I haven’t had any updates until now because there have not been any since stories at the time of the crash.
I have an update for you now:
Freddie has been charged with drunk driving.
The 2013 Emmy nominee was involved in a serious car crash last month in Ohio when he lost control of his car early on Route 84 in Kingsville Township.
Smith suffered only minor injuries but his girlfriend, Alyssa Tabit, was critically injured and trapped in the overturned car. She and had to be airlifted to a local hospital.
She is now recovering from her injuries.
According to the Star Beacon, Smith has been charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated – a misdemeanor – and felony vehicular assault.
Smith’s blood alcohol test result was .093, when the legal limit in Ohio is .08.
The actor is back in Los Angeles and an arraignment date has not been set. It’s not known how Smith’s legal problems might impact his storyline. The soap is taped several months in advance.
He has not posted on Twitter since Oct. 1.
It’s a good thing that Michael Sam was asked to wear a tuxedo as he posed holding a football during a photo shoot for the new issue of GQ.
He doesn’t currently have a team uniform.
But that didn’t stop the magazine from putting Sam on the cover of its annual Men of the Year issue.
The first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team is one of six cover subject – the others include Chris Pratt and Steve Carell – chosen for making an impact on pop culture in the past year.
The magazine unveiled the six covers earlier today.
Sam has never played a regular season NFL game but his celebrity continues to burn bright.
A college star at the University of Missouri, Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams and played for the team throughout the pre-season before being cut.
He was then hired by the Dallas Cowboys to be a part of their practice squad before being cut last month.
I chatted with former Minnesota Vikings player Chris Kluwe last week about the Sam situation.
‘I think it’s disappointing that he’s not on a team right now because I think he has shown he has the skills to play in the NFL,’ Kluwe said.
‘I’m hopeful that another team will give him a chance,’ added Kluwe who claims he was cut from the Vikings because of his outspoken support for gay marriage. ‘If he doesn’t (get a chance to play), that will go to show that there’s more work to be done because the only reason why he wouldn’t is because of his sexuality and that’s not right.
‘Hopefully a team picks him up this season because I think he can contribute to a great many teams – there are a lot of bad defensive teams in the NFL right now.’
Whatever does happen, Kluwe believe Sam has made it easier for those who might come after him.
‘The great thing that he’s shown is that whoever the next player is that comes out, teams aren’t going to be able to say this player is going to be a distraction. Mike has been utterly professional and done everything that has been asked of him.’
The last we saw of Will Horton, he had left for six months for Hollywood.
But Guy Wilson, who has played Will for nearly 10 months now, says in a new interview that Will is going to be returning to Salem a lot sooner than planned with his trip cut short by a turn of events.
‘It will be a whole new set of circumstances that Will and Sonny will have to navigate upon his return and it will take these characters to a very dark place.’
Yay! Some drama!
Wilson hints at a third party which I hope will prove more compelling than the previous little triangles where nothing happened with the other guy.
‘Will and Sonny are charismatic, very good looking men so it stands to reason that other people might want a piece of that,’ the actor explains. ‘The onus is on Sonny and Will to maintain their integrity as a married couple so we’ll see what happens.’
Andy Cohen, the host of Watch What Happens Live on Bravo TV, got his start in television as an intern for CBS News correspondent Erin Moriarty, who visits Cohen for a Sunday Morning profile.
In the video below, the Bravo TV host tells correspondent Erin Moriarty about what comedienne Joan Rivers meant to him growing up, and about a Judge Judy-type reality TV series, What’s Your Problem?, that the two were pitching shortly before she died in September.
I featured a ballet dancer as MM just last week and doing research for that post led me to some photos of today’s guy Charlie Anderson.
He’s a dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet and Hong Kong Ballet.
‘Performing can be stressful but as long as I stick to what I know is best for my body and I have prepared myself fully then I can always enjoy being onstage and sharing my gift with anyone who wants to watch,’ he told Ballet News a few years ago.
Here is more information about Charlie from that interview:
Eating Habits: In the mornings I eat oatmeal and have a coffee. Usually an apple or something sweet after class. A hot lunch then a little snack before I go to the market, otherwise I just buy candy and ice cream when I am there.
On his iPod: Some Lady Gaga, some Beyonce, some Michael Buble, some Bette Midler and the occasional bit of ballet music.
Next Career: After dancing I have thought about teaching, making clothes (ballet or normal) or photography.
Sean Hayes is part of the cast of one of the most memorable sitcoms of all time.
But finding a follow-up hit sitcom has been a problem for the Emmy-winning Will & Grace star.
CBS has cancelled The Millers, sitcom that Sean joined in its second season. This comes after NBC cancelled Sean Saves The World last spring.
I quite liked Sean Saves the World and was sorry to see it go. I checked out The Millers this week and did not love it although it was nice to see Sean and real-life buddy Will Arnett share the screen.
The Millers 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.
The Millers stars Arnett as 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’s not lost on Adam Lambert that some straight male pop stars are aggressively courting gay male fans.
He’s not naming names but he’s got to be talking about gorgeous Nick Jonas who is all the rage right now among gays and straights.
Or One Direction’s Harry Styles who seemed to hint in a recent interview that he might be bisexual.
Adam asked his Twitter followers this week: “Anyone find it interesting how straight male pop stars are pandering to gay audiences lately!? Should we be flattered? Progress or strategy?”
He follows up by insisting he’s not throwing shade at anyone but says he just wants to hear music and not be teased about whether someone is gay or bisexual or straight.
“Who cares?” Adam tweets.
Neil Patrick Harris and his husband, David Burtka, are looking classy and handsome in London Fog’s 2014 holiday campaign.
Says NPH: “It’s a classy layout. The pictures are foxy. It’s fun to be a bit of a model!”
David adds: “It’s not bad to wear clothes and get to hang out with him at work.”
Below is a behind-the-scenes video of this dynamic duo:
Have these photos got your attention?
If you haven’t heard of Tom Goss yet then it’s time you do and I want to make sure I do my part to get the word out about this outstanding musical artist.
Tom is an immensely talented singer-songwriter whose music just really speaks to me. I love his voice and what he does with it and I love his authenticity.
His handsome face and pretty blue eyes sure don’t hurt either!
Many of Tom’s songs and music videos (Lover, Bears and Make Believe) speak to LGBT issues such as Marriage Equality, DADT, and gay subcultures such as Bears.
Tom has toured internationally, released five albums and this year landed his first starring role in a feature film – the gay-themed Out to Kill.
So tomorrow night, you have a chance to see Tom perform live if you are in the LA area. He is doing a show at 10 pm at Room 5 Lounge located at 143 N La Brea in Los Angeles.
Tickets are just $10 and you can order them HERE.
Here are some of Tom’s music videos – enjoy!
It was quite a night at the Pacific Design Center on Thursday where hundreds of people gathered for a book party celebrating the publication of Robbie Rogers’ memoir Coming Out to Play.
I arrived at the party shortly after posting a story over on Gay Star News about Robbie getting signed to a two-year contract extension with the LA Galaxy. Since we were early arrivals, I got to do a quick interview with Robbie.
I asked him how it felt to be extended by the Galaxy who he began playing for in May 2013.
”Just as a soccer player, without all that other stuff, it just feels good to contribute on the field and to be part of a successful team. It just reminds me that I’m a soccer player and because of the stuff I’ve shown on the field, they want to keep me part of the team. It’s just being an athlete.’
‘I’m happy that they’re happy and I’m excited to stay with the Galaxy for two years.’
I pointed out to Robbie that while it has been a struggle for Michael Sam to find a place to play in the NFL, he has been quietly proving what a non-issue being gay in Major League Soccer (MLS) has turned out to be.
‘I like quietly being part of the Galaxy and being just one of the guys. I realize there is a role I play in the LGBT community and being a role model – especially with our youth – which I enjoy as well. But I very much enjoy playing soccer.’
Robbie co-wrote his memoir with Eric Marcus and told me there were very few edits once they turned in the final draft. Even though Robbie has done many high-profile interviews, he says the book tells more than has ever been publicly revealed before.
‘We got to tell the story we wanted to tell. You find out a lot more – there are chapters that (boyfriend Greg Berlanti - the TV producer) won’t read. You’ll find out about my time in London and coming out and being back in the locker room as an openly gay soccer player. It was very therapeutic for me to write it and to go through all those emotions again and hopefully it will help people.’
The book, published by Penguin Books, goes on sale on November 25.
I just laughed out loud at this.
Ellen goes to a Target store and gets on the loud speaker and announces she is there to do some shopping but doesn’t want to actually do the shopping herself.
So she offers gift cards (one was for $1,000) for anyone who brings her the requested items first.
To see folks racing through the store is a scream.
Thanks for the laughs Ellen!
Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine claims Country music star Blake Shelton wants more than a bromance with him.
All I can say is, ‘Who wouldn’t?’
Levine, last year’s People Magazine sexiest man alive, told Conan O’Brien last night: ‘He’s sexually attracted to me. He wants to have sex with me for sure.’
Levine added: ‘Like I have platonic love for him. Really he’s a wonderful man. But sexually he’s just not my type I guess.’
O’Brien then asked: ‘Because he’s a guy or not the right guy?’
Replied Levine: ‘Mostly cause he’s a guy.’
Shelton, of course, has been married to fellow country music star Miranda Lambert since 2011.
But he has in the past admitted to having a ‘mancrush’ on Levine and that he wants to kiss him.
Bette Midler never had to evolve when it came to accepting gay people into her life.
‘I had been in the theater for a long time, from the time I was a young person, and I’d always known gay people – and they were just, like, gay people!’ the 68-year-old star tells PrideSource.
‘(They were) just ordinary friends. People that you knew, and that you never thought twice about. You didn’t think of them as being different, although looking back on my high school years, I think there were a lot of people in my high school – this is so many years ago; this is 50 years ago – who probably were gay and didn’t ever talk about it.’
There was one classmate in particular who comes to mind.
‘One of the kids that I went to school with, an enormously popular guy – really funny, really wonderful – who was in my Latin class, wrote me before he passed away from AIDS to tell me that he had been gay and that he had contracted AIDS.’
Before she became a Grammy winner and an Emmy winner and a two-time Oscar nominee, Midler made a name for herself performing at a gay bathhouse in New York City.
Her shows at the Continental Baths became legendary and her gay fan base just grew from here.
She lost many people she knew during the worst days of the AIDS crisis and says it never occurred to her not to be there for them.
‘These were friends of mine – people that I had worked with, people that I had danced with, people I had broken bread with my whole life. You do what you do because there’s nothing else to do. There’s no other option.’
Last night I attended a splashy party celebrating the publication of Robbie Rogers’ new memoir, Coming Out to Play, at Pacific Design Center.
I’ll be posting an interview I did with Robbie shortly.
It was quite celebrity-studded event with Jason Collins, Maria Shriver, Lance Bass, Craig Zaden, and Billy Bean, among others, in attendance.
Robbie’s boyfriend is TV producer Greg Berlanti and two of the stars of Greg’s shows were there to show support and your faithful blogger was most excited to see them: Arrow star Stephen Amell and his cousin, Robbie Amell, who is on The Flash.
I had met Robbie years ago when he was on a Nickelodeon show and he could not have been nicer then, or now. Stephen was also very down to Earth and friendly.
These guys seem to have been raised right!
Today’s Morning Man James Whiteside is currently featured in OUT 100.
Here is what is written about him in the magazine:
In addition to his work as a principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre, James Whiteside belts out tunes as his pop star alter-ego, JbDUBS, and he recently released his first EP, titled Hey JB!
His other project: performing with his boyfriend Milk (a.k.a. Dan Donigan; a contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race, season 6), under their drag group name the Dairy Queens (he’s Yoohoo).
Whiteside remembers locking himself in his room with a girlfriend at age 15 to watch Showtime’s Queer as Folk.
“I wasn’t out to my parents yet, and it was my first glimpse into the unabashedly fabulous world of the LGBT community,” he says. “Plus, their clothes were hilarious! I saw Emmett Honeycutt wearing pleather pants and crop tops — so I bought pleather pants and crop tops.”
Does Australian actor Brenton Thwaites go both ways?
Twice a Greg In Hollywood Morning Man, Brenton certainly gave that impression in a recent interview with when he was asked what he looks for in a partner.
‘Male or female?’ he asked an interviewer for The Fix.
The interviewer answered: ‘Both.’
Thwaites, whose films include Maleficent, The Giver, and Blue Lagoon: The Awakening, then replied: ‘They’re very different.’
The answer was not elaborated on so it’s not completely clear if Thwaites was coming out publicly as bisexual.
The 25 year old became a star in Australia through his roles as Luke Gallagher in the teen drama series, SLiDE, and as Stu Henderson in the Australian soap opera Home and Away.
I arrived at Skirball Center last night quite flustered because horrid traffic on the 101 made the journey from Silver Lake to the venue a one hour-plus affair.
But it was a journey well worth it because the The Paley Center for Media 2014 Los Angeles Gala was indeed a special affair.
It celebrated 50 years of television’s impact on LGBT equality and among those who hit the red carpet were Portia de Rossi and mother-in-law Betty DeGeneres, Norman Lear, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Carson Kressley, Jason Collins, Chris Kluwe and the legendary Mitzi Gaynor who I did not get a chance to chat with.
I’ll be sharing some of my red carpet chats in the coming days. For a recap of the program, please see the story I’ve posted over at Gay Star News.