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Video: See Adam Lambert’s appearance on “Friday Night With Jonathan Ross”

In recent weeks, Adam Lambert has shown that not only is he an immensely talented performer, he’s als0 a wonderfully charming chat show guest.

Here he is on BBC’s Friday Night With Jonathan Ross. The third video has a little bit of Adam and a whole lot of fellow guest Jake Gyllenhaal.

Double yum! Enjoy!


Happy Birthday Darren Hayes!

Darren Hayes who turns 38 today!

The UK-based Australian singer-songwriter debuted in 1996 as the frontman and singer of the pop duo Savage Garden which had the hits I Want You, To the Moon and Back, Truly Madly Deeply, I Knew I Loved You and The Animal Song. Savage Garden sold more than 23 million albums worldwide before parting ways in 2001. Hayes released his first solo album, Spin in 2002 followed by The Tension and the Spark and This Delicate Thing We’ve Made.

Darren entered into a civil partnership with his boyfriend of three years, Richard Cullen, on June 19, 2006 in London and announced it on his official website the next month.

“I think we made a decision in our relationship to humanize it,” Darren told me in our 2008 interview. “We weren’t going to be this hidden couple. I talk about Richard pretty openly. If I attend events, sometimes he’s there. It’s a fine line that we try to walk. Like any relationship, he is a part of me and a part of everything I do.”

“I don’t see myself as a gay artist at all,” he added. “I see myself as a human being. On the surface, I don’t think my marriage or being gay really colors my music. But being out and being in a beautiful relationship has made me feel better about myself. What that has done is made me brave in every area of my life. From launching my own label, making a double album. It’s made me really brave and i think that kind of shows in the music that I’m making.”

As far as the raging debate over same-sex marriage in the U.S., Darren said: “Obviously it’s a divided issue. There’s so many people in the country, so many opinions. The land mass is as big as Europe, I think it’s a miracle that America manages to be so cohesive. England really surprised me, In terms of social reform, medical care and civil partnerships, it is quite forward thinking. I think Australia and America will catch up.”

“What I’m most of proud of is I had nothing to promote and nobody outed me,” he said of his coming out. “I lived in America for seven years and I adore the country. But it can be quite aggressive the way people are outed, people like Lance Bass, who were dragged out of the closet. For me, it was a very conscious decision that I made in a very calm and sort of measured state of mind.”

Still, there was concern over how being an out gay man would affect his music career.

“Even though I never lied about it, there was a concern that some of my female fans would feel that I fooled them or maybe they’d feel like they’d been lied to which wasn’t the case., But as a gay man, there’s always that disappointment a woman in your life feels when you come out, a woman who had a crush on you, I have such a strong connection to my audience, my female audience, I thought, ‘This is going to be interesting.’ I was overwhelmed by the positivity, I think that was due to the fact that I never lied.”

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“Sex and the City” Saturday: Are Carrie and Big like Katie and Hubble from “The Way We Were”? the end of this episode, Carrie smoothes Big’s hair with her hand and says, “Your girl is lovely Hubble.”

Big, whose fiancee is waiting for him in a car, has no idea what Carrie is talking about. Of course not! He’s not a woman or a gay man. Everyone knows that’s what Barbra’s Streisand’s Katie says to Robert Redford’s Hubble at the end of The Way We Were.

I actually think it’s rather hilarious that Carrie called Big “Hubble” but my favorite part of this episode comes earlier when Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte re-inact t scene over drinks. Samantha cannot participate because she hasn’t seen the film which she dismisses as “chick flick.”


BONUS VIDEO: Check out the actual scene from The Way We Were with Streisand and Redford. So good:

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Saturday Morning Man: Ingo Rademacher! look at him, this longtime General Hospital star is appealing enough as it is.

Then you hear Ingo Rademacher’s Aussie accent and it’s time to swoon!

Ingo, who is 39, has been playing the role of Jax on the ABC soap since 1996 with his only break coming when he spent a year on the NBC nighttime soap Titans which also starred John Barrowman, Yasmine Bleeth, Jack Wagner and Victoria Principal, among others.

Ingo’s family left their native Germany and moved to New South Wales, Australia when he was just 10 then  a few years later to Queensland where he flourished playing volleyball in school and surfed and sailed too.

Ingo was also lead singer of the high school band, Who Cares, and recorded one single, Life’s a Party after winning a local inter-schools battle of the bands contest. He dropped out of the University of Brisbane after six months and began a stint as a model.

His main acting credit prior to GH was a year on the Australian soap opera Paradise Beach.

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Video: See Olivia Newton John team with Sue Sylvester for new “Physical” video on “Glee”

I’m a few days late on posting this but had to share. In case you don’t watch Glee (what are you waiting for?) then you have GOT to check out this fun remake of Olivia Newton John’s video for her early-80s hit Physical.

Her partner in crime is Sue Sylvester (aka Jane Lynch) and it is just a hoot. Not many people can perform a song they made famous nearly 30 years ago and still look and sound so good. As for Miss Lynch, this video comes a week after her triumphant redo of Madonna’s Vogue.

I do believe that this is the episode Miss Lynch should submit for Emmy consideration. Not only does Sue get in her usual array of one-liners, but we also see a vulnerable Sue when she temporarily becomes the butt of jokes and we see a loving Sue who is devoted to her sister.

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Neil Patrick Harris remembers when he and David Burtka shared a hot tub with Channing Tatum!’t know about you, but one of the things on my bucket list is to share a hot tub with Channing Tatum.

But looks like Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka beat me to it, dammit.

Neil, sharing his top 10 picks for this year’s Hot 100 list, ranked Channing at number 8 and shared with steamy tidbit: “Shared a hot tub with Channing and Mr. Burtka at Adam Shankman’s Laguna Beach pad two summers back. Nothing naughty transpired, but ’twas a visual strongly seared into my skull.”

The number one hot man on NPH’s list? The adorable David Burtka! He writes of his love: He’s the total package (Yeah, I did.) Singer, dancer, chef, brilliant actor and, hands down, one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. I’m very lucky to have him in my life.


“I Love Lucy” Friday: The battle for equal rights leads to a series of practical jokes that backfire’s one of those fun men vs. women episodes. The couples go out to dinner after Lucy and Ethel talk about wanting equal rights.

So when the paycheck comes, Ricky and Fred refuse to pay! The girls have no money on them so are forced to wash dishes for their dinner. They turn the tables on the boys by staging a fake robbery.


My favorite lines are when Ethel says: “Lucy, how do you think up all these wonderful things? Promise me when you die, you’ll leave your brain to science.”

And Fred to Ricky: “What are you doing? Calling the Cuban police!!”

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Friday Morning Man: James Guardino! pal Trevor made a simple request yesterday: “More skin on Morning Man.”

So for Trevor, and everyone else, I offer you James Guardino, a model who is showing plenty of skin!

In an interview with OhLaLaMag a few years back, James shared his beauty secret: “The secret to looking good has to do with maintaining a healthy diet, exercising on a regular basis, and always keeping a positive attitude. Cause we all know what stress can do on our looks!”

He was also asked about his biggest dreams: “There isn’t just one, they are never-ending, dreams are what keeps me going, You always need to reach for your next dream or else you’ll be stuck in neutral. Dreams are a driving force! Ultimately I’d like to be in a position where I can give back and help people less fortunate and in need.”

I love it! Beautiful and he has a big heart!

Enjoy Trev!



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Video: Greg Hernandez of “Greg In Hollywood” meets Ester Goldberg of “Views from a Broad”

There is a real mutual admiration society going on between me and the hilarious Ester Goldberg whose blog Views From A Broad is a must-read.’ve exchanged some emails but met for the first time face-to-face at last night’s event at The Hollywood Museum where we were next to each other on the arrivals line chatting up such stars as Florence Henderson, JoAnne Worley, Donna Mills (who makes a brief cameo in our video), Stefanie Powers, Rose Marie, Dee Wallace, Kate Linder, Ilene Graff, Alison Arngrim, Judy Tenuta, Rip Taylor, Margaret O’Brien, and Nancy Dussault.

The event was the unveiling of The Hollywood Grafitti Gown which contains over 350 signatures of female stars from Bette Davis to the cast of Desperate Housewives. The gown was created by Randy McLaughlin and is being auctioned off to benefit AIDS causes. It is being displayed at the Hollywood Museum in a specially designed glass cast.

Stay tuned for a full report this weekend – including my interviews with Florence Henderson and her TV daughter Eve Plumb!

Video: One last Chely Wright item today: See her appearance with The Joy Behar Show

Joy also interviews Lance Bass in this segment! Enjoy!


Karen Ocamb’s deeply personal story on country singer Chely Wright is an absolute must-read friend Beth and I were having lunch at Art’s Deli in Studio City today and part of our conversation was about country music singer Chely Wright and how her very public coming out might help the world understand gay people better.

Chely is sharing so much about her journey and I think it’s so important to shine a light on the fact that while a lot of the gay people who are very publicly out are very strong now, most of them had to go through hell to get there.

I’m one of them and so is my friend Karen Ocamb who has written what I think is the best piece on Chely to date. I’m sharing a few parts here but do read the article on Karen’s site LGBTPOV in its entirety. It’s wonderfully done:

By Karen Ocamb: At the beginning of our 56-minute phone conversation last week, I told [Chely] Wright that I started underlining every page of her book. I am older than her, the details of our life experience are vastly different – but she told my story: I, too, am a suicide survivor. I know the depths of despair, the anguish of keeping a secret that gnaws at the very core of your humanity. And then the decision to surrender to the truth – knowing its potentially devastating costs – followed by the fear and joy of creating and finding yourself – like choosing your own birthday. Beyond the burst of publicity about a celebrity coming out – her story of anguish and re-birth many well save lives.

It was in that context of mutual understanding that we spoke, like war veterans who’ve experienced devastation first hand and feel the importance of sharing their story of survival.  We choked up often and laughed deeply.


“I don’t feel like I’m coming out. I feel like I’m coming together. I feel like my birthday is next week. I feel like I get to start living my life. [Chokes up]

Chely bookI’m so excited. It’s incumbent upon those of us who can stand up. I don’t care that we don’t talk about my record because what is germane in my story – it’s not about my being a celebrity. It’s about everybody hides something. Our secrets shouldn’t take us down. There’s so much in the world that’s so painful – this shouldn’t be one of them. This shouldn’t be a reason a kid goes into his basement and puts a gun in his mouth. This shouldn’t be a reason a 45-year old man takes a bottle of pills but he does.


People are going to tell me I’m going to burn in hell. I know it. There are a certain number of fans that are going to say they’re disappointed in me and that being said is a sin. I know the sin I’ve committed. Since I was a kid, my parents have looked me in the eye and said, ‘It’s a sin to lie.’ Yes, it is. It’s a sin to lie and I’ve been lying this whole time. It’s a sin for me to try to be with a man and wreck havoc on his life and devastate him. It’s a sin for me to lie down in a bed and try to be physical with a man knowing that I’m never ever going to be able to love him the way he loves me. That’s a sin. I can’t do it. I’ve done it and I know what it does to him and I know what it did to me.

Here is a LINK to the piece.

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Chaz Bono now legally a man!

Chaz Bono At HomeMy pal Karen Ocamb has shared this wonderful news on her LGBTPOV site:

Statement from Transgender Law Center Legal Director Kristina Wertz: “Today the Transgender Law Center represented Chaz Bono in a petition for change of name and gender. The court granted the petition and Chaz now has a court name change and a court order recognizing him as male. Chaz couldn’t be happier. This is an important step in his transition and will allow him to change a variety of his identity documents to show who he truly is.”

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Daytime Soap Clip: Luke and Dr. Reid Oliver kiss passionately on today’s “As the World Turns”

I’m just gonna say it: this is the best male same-sex kissing in the history of daytime. Sorry Noah. Sorry Kyle and Fish.

Luke and Dr. Reid Oliver are on FIRE here! Until Luke pours a bucket of water on things, pulling away and saying “this is a mistake.”

I love Reid’s response: “How do you know it’s a mistake until you make it.”

Luke thinks he should be by Noah’s bedside while Reid speaks the truth: “Something has been brewing between us for a long time. And deep down, you want it to happen as much as I do.”

Luke is freaking out and Reid wants to know what them getting together has to do with Noah: “We were about to have sex, not move out of the state. The minute there’s a change in Noah’s condition, we will both be there.”

Luke runs out anyway. How he found the self-control not to proceed, I’ll never know!

QUESTION OF THE DAY: Did Luke get a haircut between scenes? His hair looks shorter today, no?

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Chely Wright joins a growing group of out celebs Wright’s very public coming out this week has been accompanied by a book, an album, and several high-profile interviews. Lance Bass and Clay Aiken came out on the cover of People, Adam Lambert on the cover of Rolling Stone, Meredith Baxter dramatically came out on The Today Show while Sean Hayes took the old-fashioned route: the cover of The Advocate.

In contrast, others have been more low-key: Ricky Martin simply posted an update on his Twitter account sharing that he is a gay man, Neil Patrick Harris and T.R. Knight released short statements. Broadway star Jonathan Groff (Glee) casually mentioned being gay while taking part in the national equality march in Washington D.C. last year.

For stars considering coming out publicly, there are now so many templates to follow!

I gotta say, the growing number of people in the spotlight willing to live more open lives is so damned encouraging.

I launched my first gay-themed entertainment blog back in June of 2006 and I remember then thinking how many stars were openly gay. Seemed like a lot at the time: Elton John, Wilson Cruz, Chad Allen, Ellen DeGeneres, George Takei, Portia de Rossi, Mellissa Etheridge,  Rupert Everett, Martina Navratilova, Rosie O’Donnell, Ian McKellan, and, after many years in the closet: Richard Chamberlain.

Nearly four years later, that list has grown exponentially. I’ve created a gallery here that is by no means every famous gay person but some of those who have come out in recent years: Chely Wright, Ricky Martin, Sean Hayes, Michael Urie, Suze Orman, Meredith Baxter, Adam Lambert, Chris Colfer, Cheyenne Jackson, Gareth Thomas, Nicholas Rodriguez, Jonathan Groff, Matthew Mitcham, Wanda Sykes, Neil Patrick Harris, Cynthia Nixon, Clay Aiken, Lily Tomlin, Luke Macfarlane, Scott Evans, Jesse Tyler Fergusen, David Hyde Pierce, T.R. Knight, Kelly McGillis, and Jane Lynch.

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Video: Tim Urban talks to TV Guide Channel about life after “American Idol” only four contestants left on American Idol, I’m still missing my Timmy.

Tim Urban was voted off the show a few weeks ago and had to settle for seventh place. He says in this new interview that “I went home when I was supposed to go home … All in all, I look back and this was an amazing journey, an amazing start of hopefully a career.”

He realizes that being a last-minute replacement in the top 24 and bombing that first week did not bode well: “I was going to be the alternate who is escaping the inevitable, barely getting by. I created the perfect storm, I was the alternate who went on the first week and just tanked it.”

But Tim got better and peaked last month during back-to-back weeks when he nailed The Beatles’ All My Loving then Elvis Presley’s I Can’t Help Falling in Love. He also had a standout week with the song Halehlulia.

As for who ultimately takes the Idol crown, Tim is not playing favorites: “I don’t really care who wins, they’re all great.”


“Designing Women” Thursday: Suzanne goes off on Cappy Badminton at Bernice’s sanity hearing

Sugarbaker Ladies

Big surprise here: I love this episode!

Bernice Clifton (the wonderful Alice Ghostley) has to prove that she’s not crazy to a judge. The ladies are really no help because they keep coming off as crazier than Bernice!
The worst is Suzanne (Delta Burke) who arrives at the court proceedings direct from an international cruise that has left her sunburned and cranky.
Of particular annoyance to Suzanne was a woman on board named Cappy Badminton who didn’t like to cover up.

“She didn’t wear a top for seven straight days,” Suzanne complained. “Just any excuse to go around naked and act like you don’t speak English, If the sun came out , that top off, if the sun went down, that top came off. If the moon came out that top came off. I tell you, my whole life I’ve never been so sick of looking at one girl’s breasts.”

Later in the episode, Bernice testifies on her own behalf and her complaints about the niece who thinks she’s crazy are hilarious. Enjoy!

Thursday Morning Man: Jack Dorsey! glancing through photos from this week’s Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World Gala and saw Jack Dorsey in one of them.

I had to know: Who is HE?

Turns out that not only is he completely cute, he’s also one of the co-founders of Twitter!

Just 33, Jack partnered with Evan Williams and Biz Stone (the three are pictured at the bottom of this post) to co-found Obvious which then spun off Twitter, Inc.  As chief executive officer, Dorsey saw the startup through two rounds of funding by the venture capitalists who back the company. He became chairman of the board in 2008.

Jack grew up in St. Louis and after high school, spent some time at the University of Missouri-Rolla before heading east to NYU.  In New York, he found a job writing computer programs for a dispatch company and it was there that he found the inspiration for what would become Twitter.

“I feel that it’s something new, I think it’s a new way to communicate,” he told the LA Times last year. “It has a new take on the address book. It’s a new way to interact with people. And at the same time, it does a very good job of exposing what’s happening in the world right now:  You can see what’s …

… trending globally, you can limit that locally and figure out what’s trending within a five-mile radius of you, or you can use it socially and figure out what’s trending within your own social network. That’s where the newness is. I just haven’t seen anything like that before.

When I think of Twitter, I think of — it’s really hard to define because we’re still coming up with the vocabulary — but I think it’s defined a new behavior that’s very different than what we’ve seen before. So yeah: new medium.

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Today Show Interview: Chely Wright prayed to God “please don’t let me be gay” and considered suicide

Chely Wright’s coming out story has touched me so deeply and I think it will tough a lot of other people – gay or straight. For some, you will see a lot of yourself when she talks about the pain of the closet and others – straight people – will hopefully have more understanding and compassion about the coming out process.

The country music star said in an interview on The Today Show this morning that she felt there was no way to reconcile being a lesbian with the rest of her life so she considered ending it: “I had a 9 millimeter gun in my mouth. I was taking inventory of my life and I realized I had pieces that I just couldn’t get to intersect. I was living a secret life and I was very much a country music celebrity, and I saw no way to get those to coexist. I gave up hope and I was ready to take my own life.”

She told Natalie Morales she had known since the third grade that she was different and would pray to God: “Please don’t let me be gay.”

Chely’s decision to come out is pioneering in country music: “I knew that I needed to hide this to achieve my dreams. There had never been an openly gay country music artist. Country music is typically known to be conservative…it’s widely known to be about God and country and family and for some reason people don’t think that can co-exist with being a homosexual.”

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Daytime Clip: Luke and Reid fight after Noah’s surgery then give in to desires on “As the World Turns”

Trust me, today’s scenes of Luke and Reid are worth watching to the very end.

Very hot!

But things don’t start off that way. Luke is furious that Noah’s brain surgery has gone badly and is blaming Dr. Oliver. Reid responds by turning on the professional persona and calls Luke “Mr. Snyder” in explaining Noah’s condition.

It’s just too much for Luke: “I want you to talk to me like a human being! I want you to talk to me like someone who gives a crap about Noah!” He also calls him a “son of a bitch” before Lily and Holden arrive to restrain him.

The look on Luke’s face when he asks Reid: “What have you done?” is so intense, so full of anger and hurt. It’s Emmy-worthy acting from Van Hansis.

He later confronts a shirtless Reid at home and asks if he botched the surgery on purpose. “You can’t stand the fact that I still have feelings for him,” Luke said.

Reid tells Luke to “shut the hell up. What you are accusing me of is outrageous and I’m not going to listen to it anymore.”

Luke becomes vulnerable and Reid tenderly touches his face. Luke is shaking and licks his lips a little as Reid moves in for a kiss – a passionate kiss. Luke kisses him back.

It’s on!

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Neil Patrick Harris, Betty White and Elton John dazzle at Time’s 100 Most Influential People Gala

Wanted to share with you some photos of the out and proud people who attended last night’s Time’s 100 Most Influential People Gala.

They included Neil Patrick Harris, Billie Jean King, Elton John and David Furnish and Suze Orman.

And, of course, had to also include gay icon Betty White who is in New York City this week to host Saturday Night Live. It is just a blast to have Betty as not only the toast of the town, but the toast of the entire country right now. At 88, she can be sure of knowing that she is beloved by the public for consistently entertaining us for all these years.

There are many more images from the event over at Socialite Life! and an extensive gallery at

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