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Voice of Sesame Street’s Elmo cleared

There have been a lot of jokes about this in recent days but I think it’s sad when someone makes up these kinds of lies.

Kevin Clash, the voice of Sesame Street’s Elmo, is no longer being accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old male.

The accuser, now 23, has recanted his allegation against the 52-year-old Clash who had taken a leave of absence from Sesame Street this week.

Tuesday the law firm that represents the accuser released a statement to the Los Angeles Times, recanting the claim.

Andreozzi & Associates, the law firm representing the accuser, said the man ‘now wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship.’

‘He will have no further comment on the matter,’ they added.

Oh, now he has no comment.

Clash, who is openly gay, had maintained all along that it was a relationship between two consenting adults and had said he was ‘deeply saddened that he is trying to make it into something it was not.’

‘I am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest,’ Clash told in a statement Tuesday. ‘I will not discuss it further.’

Clash has performed as Elmo, as well as other characters such as Baby Sinclair and Clifford, for the past 28 years.’

Sesame Workshop had this to say Tuesday: ‘We are pleased that this matter has been brought to a close. We are happy that Kevin can move on from this unfortunate episode.’

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Lunch Break Video: Spider-Man Andrew Garfield dances for Ellen DeGeneres – and for a good cause

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Liza Minnelli to guest on NBC’s “Smash”

NBC’s Smash has landed Liza Minnelli.

The three-time Tony Award winner will appear as herself in an episode titled The Surprise Party to air sometime in the spring. She will perform an original song with Christian Borle who plays a Broadway composer who happens to be gay.

‘Liza Minnelli is the essence of a multi-talented, singular show business sensation, particularly for her extraordinary contributions to Broadway,’ said Robert Greenblatt, president of NBC Entertainment. ‘So what could be more fitting than to have her legendary talent on a show that celebrates a world Liza has dazzled for decades?’

Greenblatt added: ‘I had the pleasure of working with Liza when we restored her landmark television special Liza With a Z at Showtime, and to see her artistry up close and personal is a thing to behold.’

The second season of Smash will be a two-hour season premiere on Tuesday, February 5, 2013.

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Tuesday Morning Man: Joey Barton!

Spotted this handsome guy on my friend Kenneth in the 212′s site last night.

He’s 30-year-old English footballer Joey Barton and I think he’s pretty dreamy.

But he’s been a bad boy over the years – some serious anger management issues. His career and life have been marked by numerous controversial incidents and disciplinary problems that are pretty off-putting and even resulted in a short term in jail at one point.

Still, his pro-gay rights beliefs lead me to belief there is hope for him moving forward. He said in an interview earlier this year that the lack of any openly gay players in English professional football is “a subject that’s quite close to my heart” because his uncle is gay.

Barton said he believe there will be an openly gay player “within the next 10 years.” He wants his generation’s legacy to “help not only change the game for the better, and change the teams that they played in, but also change the culture and change the society and the football clubs that they played at.”

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Celeb Tweets: Ross Mathews in glasses; Chaz thanks veterans; Rosie vs. Ripa still on it seems

Ross Mathews Ross Mathews @helloross When I found out I had to get glasses, I insisted on going “Sally Jesse” style. #BiggerIsBetter

glasses, I insisted on going “Sally Jesse” style. #BiggerIsBetter

Chaz Bono Chaz Bono ‏@ChazBono On this #VeteransDay I’m sending out a heartfelt, Thank You, to all the members of America’s armed forces past and present.
Rosie O'Donnell Rosie O’Donnell ‏@Rosie Kelly Ripa – the girl can hold a grudge … #madonnaMSG
Kathy Griffin Kathy Griffin ‏@kathygriffin #KATHY news:) Straights! Did u c Skyfall? Gays! Pitch Perfect is STILL in theaters & Twilight B D Pt 2 is out this week!

Cheyenne Jackson Cheyenne Jackson

Me & my buddy Jonathan Groff getting ready 2 sing a duet for Julie Taylor at The Sonnet Repertory Theatre. #Inspired

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My photos and impressions from Saturday night’s Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center Gala

I always look forward to the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center’s anniversary gala each year.

The Center does so much good work for the LGBT community and provides so many vital services so this is an organization I stand firmly behind.

I’ve attended at least 10 of the galas and I’ve seen CEO Lorri L. Jean give some rousing and inspiring speeches – even in the worse of times for the LGBT equality movement.

So how wonderful it was to see her on Saturday night dancing on the stage with delight because of all the triumphs achieved last Tuesday at the polls.

‘I am one happy lesbian!’ she said before stepping away from the microphone and doing an extended jig across the stage as the crowd roared with delight.

‘I have seen a lot of progress since I took the helm of the center almost 20 years ago but I have never seen an election night like (last) Tuesday,’ Lorri said. ‘What as difference four years makes!’

She was overcome with joy talking about gay marriage victories in four states and the election night victories of out politicians like US Senator-elect Tammy Baldwin and 117 other LGBT people nationwide.

‘Four fucking times!’ she said before she was unable to stop herself.

‘This was an equality landslide,’ Lorri continued. ‘I believe it is ushering in a new era for our community. Notice has finally been served.’

Of anti-gay political forces, she said the election ‘was their worst nightmare and I thought it was delicious. It was karma.’

It was a glorious night that also saw Olympic Medalist Megan Rapino be honored and singer Estelle perform. More than 1,000 people attended the event at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown LA and more than $700,000 was raised for the center’s services.

I chatted with plenty of folks on the red carpet and those interviews will be posted in the coming days.

Here are some of the photos I snapped: 1) Lorri L. Jean giving her speech 2) Honoree Olympic Medalist Megan Rapinoe 3) California Assembly Speaker John Perez 4) Actor and GLAAD’s Wilson Cruz and Lorri L. Jean 5) Retired NFL player Dave Kopay 6) singer Estelle 7) Actor and Real World alum Michael Manning 8) Wilson Cruz 9) Me and Dave Kopay

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Dinner Break Video: You’ve got to check out the hilarious “Gay Men Will Marry Your Girlfriends”

Hey, I’m not planning on marrying anyone’s girlfriend but the gay guys in this video are threatening to!

And they might succeed with promises like this: “We will go to the gym with her, then afterward, we will go to Pinkberry as a reward.”

CollegeHumor’s Favorite Funny Videos

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Catching up w/Will & Sonny on “Days of Our Lives”

Here are three different days worth of clips from the past week or two of Will and Sonny on Days of Our Lives.

Our lovebirds are having to endure the meddling of Will’s dad which has led to a fight between the two youngsters.

Nick, who is Will’s cousin and Gabi’s new love, is a homophobe. He just doesn’t think it’s right for two people of the same sex to be together.

But they have allies in Will’s grandma Kate and in Gabi and, of all people, former homophobe T whose girlfriend has helped him to evolve.

SPOILER ALERT: Gabi fainted on today’s show in Nick’s arms. There’s a baby on the way and, or course, it comes from the one night Will and Gabi spent together.

That would certainly cause problems for Will-Sonny and Gabi-Nick.

The fourth video previews that storyline.

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Chaz Bono embarks on public weight loss

Chaz Bono wants to lose weight.

The transgender author and activist has been struggling with his weight for several years and currently tips the scales at 250 pounds.

Bono, 43, opens up about his weight struggles to ER physician Dr. Travis Stork, co-host of the syndicated television show The Doctors in an episode airing Wednesday.

‘I wasn’t an overweight child, but I was put on diets all the time. So there was a lot of pressure to be underweight growing up.’ Bono says. ‘I hope the pressure of doing something publicly will give me more incentive [to lose weight].’

On the show, Stork will lay out details of a fitness and nutrition program designed to help Bono achieve the doctor-recommended weight loss goal of 50-80 pounds.

‘You’re at a critical juncture,’ Stork tells Bono. ‘You’re 43 years of age and failure is not an option.’ As the only child of the late Sonny Bono and of Cher, Bono has been famous all of his life and even appeared on his parents’ television variety show as a child. ‘People might say I can’t empathize with Chaz because Chaz has lived a unique life. But the truth is Chaz’s story is not that different from everyone else out there trying to lose weight,’ Stork says.

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Snapped! Ryan Lochte back in the pool!

Well now, isn’t this a nice sight for a Monday morning?

It’s Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte who competed – and won – in the Minneapolis Grand Prix over the weekend, his first competition since the London Games.

Following the Olympics, the hunky Ryan was everywhere from La Vegas to Fashion Police with Joan Rivers.

Now he’s doing what he does best. has this to say about his outfit: A stylish black Speedo with an arty pink band that left little to the imagination.

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Veterans Day Morning Men: American heroes Eric Alva, Victor Fehrenbach and Dan Choi!

These are three heroic, openly gay men, who have served our country and made us proud.

Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach’s was only able to retire from the U.S. Air Force with his full rank and his pension intact because Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was repealed just in time.

This man was facing discharge after nearly 20 years of service to our country because it was discovered that he is gay. By that time, he had flown 88 combat missions, 2,189 total flying hours, 1,487 fighter hours and 488 combat hours. He had received eight air medals, one for Heroism, and was hand-picked to protect the Washington, D.C. airspace after 9/11. He flew combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, targeting the Taliban and Al Qaeda.

Eric Alva was the first Marine seriously injured in the Iraq War. On March 21, 2003, he was in charge of 11 Marines in a supply unit when he stepped on a land mine and lost his right leg. He served 13 years and is a recipient of The Purple Heart.

Eric came out publicly after his injury and began working as a spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign in 2006.

Lieutenant Dan Choi’s military career ended, for now at least, because he is gay. But the military’s loss has been the LGBT equal rights movement’s gain.

The New York Army National Guardsman and Arabic translator is a powerful voice who is insisting on being heard. Choi was discharged under the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. Proceedings against the Iraq War veteran began after he came out on MSBNC’s Rachel Maddow Show.

Following the repeal of DDT by Congress, Choi was present at the U.S. Interior Department to attend President Obama’s signing of the bill on December 22, 2010. He has requested to rejoin the US Army.

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Showtune Sunday: A Broadway Celebration, In Performance at the White House

If Mitt Romney had been elected president, there likely would not have been amazing nights like this night from back in 2010.

It took place in the East Room of The White House, introduced by President Obama and aired on PBS.

Among the performers were Tony Award winners Elaine Stritch, Nathan Lane, Idina Menzel, Audra McDonald and Tonya Pinkins, among others.

Here is the whole damned show.


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Morning Man Classic: Richard Widmark!

It’s not many actors who have managed to land an Academy Award nomination for their very first film.

Richard Widmark is one of them.

The late actor, who died in 2008 at the age of 93, was Oscar nominated for Kiss Of Death in 1947. Subsequent films were Yellow Sky, Panic in the Streets, Night and the City, The Street with No Name, Don’t Bother to Knock, Pickup on South Street, The Cobweb, The Bedford Incident, The Alamo, Judgment at Nuremberg, How the West Was Won, Cheyenne Autumn, and Murder on the Orient Express.

I Love Lucy fans, like me, remember Widmark portraying himself when a star-struck Lucy trespasses onto his property to steal a souvenir grapefruit. Widmark finds Lucy sprawled out on his living room floor underneath a bear skin rug.

Widmark’s long career focused in television in the 70s and 80s.

He received an Emmy nomination for his performance as the U.S. President in the TV movie Vanished and  he reprised his detective role from the 1968 film Madigan with six 90-minute episodes on the NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie in the early 70s.

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Morning Man Encore: Garrett Hedlund! posted Dec. 3, 2010

If you haven’t heard of Garrett Hedlund yet, chance are you will since he is one of the stars of the upcoming release Tron: Legacy in which he stars opposite Jeff Bridges – and a lot of special effects!

Garrett is just 26 and he was raised on a beef cattle farm in Minnesota before he moved with his mother to Scottsdale, AZ when he was 14. Once there, he paid to attend talent convention with a scouting company and was signed by a talent agent.

He left Arizona after high school graduation to pursue acting in LA.

Good move!

He made his acting debut in 2004 as Patroclus in Troy with Brad Pitt then went on to co-star with Mark Wahlberg in Four Brothers.

His other film credits include Eragon and Georgia Rule. He will also appear in the January 2011 release Country Strong with Gwyneth Paltrow.

Garrett was in the running to play the title role in the upcoming Captain America flick but the role went to Chris Evans.

I think things will turn out just fine for this emerging star anyway.

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Oh, now she’s sorry for calling MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow ‘such an angry young man’

Why do I get the feeling this is an apology made through gritted teeth?

A news anchor for the Fox affiliate in Cincinatti, Ohio apologized late Friday for calling MSNBC’s lesbian anchor Rachel Maddow an ‘angry young man.’

Hours after the Gay Alliance Against Defamation started a petition demanding that Tricia Macke apologize for comments she posted on her Facebook page last month, she did so.

‘I recently posted comments on my personal Facebook page regarding cable news anchor Rachel Maddow which were insensitive and inappropriate,’ she stated. ‘I apologize to Ms. Maddow and any others who may have been offended by my comments, as they do not reflect my firm beliefs in individual and equal rights, and they certainly do not represent the opinions or position of my employer WXIX-TV.

The station also issued a statement which read in part: ‘We also apologize to anyone who may have been offended by her comments.’ In addition to her original comment on Facebook, she later defended them when people pointed out that they were offensive: ‘I knew what I was saying,’ she wrote then.

GLAAD President Herndon Graddick pointed out why such anti-gay remarks like Macke’s original comments are troubling. ‘When those in the public eye use their platforms to spread anti-gay attitudes, it can give license for their fans and followers to follow suit,’ Graddick said. ‘Macke should use this moment and her role as a journalist to shed light on the impact that such anti-gay remarks and bullying have on LGBT young people in Cincinnati and across Ohio.’

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Video: Anderson Cooper to David Letterman: “Dave, I’m gay. We don’t do this kind of thing.”

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Celeb Tweets: Random & Funny Edition

Ross Mathews Ross Mathews ‏@helloross I’m watching ‘Magic Mike’ and realizing that I need more stripper friends.

Christopher Rice Christopher Rice ‏@chrisricewriter I’m old enough now that I no longer think, “Well, if this doesn’t work out, I can just solve crimes.”

Gerald McCullouch Gerald McCullouch ‏@ItsAHardG OH MAHY GHAWD! There is a cockroach in my urinal and I didn’t realize til too late! #ScaredForMyPecker

Alec Mapa Alec Mapa ‏@AlecMapa Today’s celebrity spotting at the gym: the guy who fed Steve Buscemi into the wood chipper in Fargo.

BD WONG BD WONG ‏@BD_WONG Heard 2 old gay guys going on about how hot Daniel Craig was & I stared at them w/disgust until I realized I thought they meant LARRY Craig.

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Video: Ellen DeGeneres observes that for a lesbian, she sure has featured a lot of hunky men on show

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In 10 seasons, Ellen has had a lot of very sexy moments on her show! She took a look back at some of her favorites. Hot!

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Fox anchor in Ohio under fire for calling Rachel Maddow ‘an angry young man’

You’ve got to be kidding.

This woman should be at the very least suspended and possibly fired. She is not only completely unprofessional, but extremely immature.

Here’s the story:

Tricia Macke, a news anchor for the Fox affiliate in Cincinatti, Ohio, is under fire for calling MSNBC’s lesbian anchor Rachel Maddow an ‘angry young man.’

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and Equality Ohio have launched a petition calling on Fox 19 to condemn comments made last month by Macke on her her Facebook page.

In an exchange that also appears to have been since deleted, Macke also wrote: ‘I knew what I was saying.’

Read the full story over at Gay Star News.

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It’s CNN’s Don Lemon vs. Jonah Hill – or, the “tool’ vs. “a 12 year old girl”

You might not want to invite CNN anchor Don Lemon and actor Jonah Hill to the same party anytime soon.

It seems to two had a face-to-face encounter in a New York City hotel on Thursday that was so unpleasant that it has resulted in a Twitter war.

‘Said hi to Jonah in a hotel,’ Lemon wrote in a tweet that kicked things off. ‘Think he thought I was a bellman. Didn’t know his name til the bellman told me. A lesson to always be kind.’

Lemon, in a subsequent tweet referred to the Moneyball star as ‘a tool.’

Hill fired back: ‘I said hi. What do you want me to do, move in with you? I was in a hurry. Didn’t realize you were a 12 year old girl. Peace.’

But there was no peace.

Lemon replied: ‘Hardly. You’re not my type. But I know rude. And u were.’

Hill responded with his side of the story: ‘I walked out of the restroom and found you waiting for me. Shook hands, said hi and was on my way. Sorry if you found that rude.’

Replied Lemon: ‘Was waiting for luggage. Bellman & I laughed at how self-important u were. Just being honest. Be nice. Stardom is fleeting.’


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