Category Archives: Breaking

Will Lucas Name Names

Last week, gay porn impresario Michael Lucas made some news.  First it was announced that he will retire from “performing” in 2020.  “Porn stars come and go, but the best ones stay in our memories and on our hard drives for a long time until they fade away,” said his publicist, Len Evans.  But it was the next statement which raised more than a few eyebrows.  “Michael is also in search of a co-author to publish a juicy autobiography that will include a steamy chapter about a few top Hollywood celebs who paid him to have sex with them when he was an escort in the late ‘90s.”  Let’s gloss over the difference between a co-author and a publisher – naming names got my attention.  That is, until Lucas retracted the story and fired Evans.

To fill in the blanks (something Lucas is known for), Michael Tweeted the following: “The story that ran today and attributed to me by former publicist is absolutely false.  I spent 45 minutes on the phone explaining why I would never do that and they still felt the need to give it to you.  Needless to say I am perplexed by their motivation and they were fired immediately.  I am considering legal action against them.  What is true is that I’m planning to retire in 2020.  What is absolutely false is that I would ever write or consider writing a ‘tell all’ book and naming names of my clients.  I consider that relationship sacred and I would never violate their confidence or my integrity.  Period.  I have nothing but the greatest respect and gratitude for the people who trusted me with their intimate secrets and I will take those secrets to the grave.”

Brochtrup Back to Blue

I am thrilled by news of the return of NYPD Blue – especially since the new show will include PPA John Irvin, once again played by my dear friend, Bill Brochtrup.  When he made the announcement on Facebook, I said that the time had certainly come for him to bare his bottom.  I mean, if it was good enough for Dennis Franz and John Wesley Shipp, why not?  Brochtrup said, “Yeah, keep that rumor alive.”  Darling, that’s what I do.

Criss is Filipino

Days before the GlobesDarren Criss talked about how he will no longer play gay roles.  “I want to make sure I won’t be another straight boy taking a gay man’s role,” says the 31-year-old.  However, fellow Golden Globe winner Ben Whishaw said, “I think there needs to be greater equality.  I would like to see more gay actors playing straight roles.”  So, riddle me this – if gay actors are playing the gay roles AND the straight roles, what on Earth will Darren Criss do for a living?  On second thought, don’t answer that.

Am I the only one who didn’t know Darren is Filipino?  He proclaimed himself the first Filipino-American to win a Golden Globe.  Is that true?  Has someone done genetic testing on all previous winners?  Are the Golden Globes in bed with Ancestry.com?  Perhaps, like gays, Criss is the first OPENLY Filipino-American to win a Golden Globe.  Turns out Andrew Cunanan was Filipino-American, so maybe it’s a win/win.  But I’ll have to run this by Whishaw.

Chalamet’s Harness

I’m going into this year’s awards season somewhat perplexed.  Not to say I didn’t enjoy the Golden Globes – but not to say I did.  Let’s start by talking about Timothée Chalamet.  Question – should we credit Adam Rippon with making harnesses acceptable awards show attire?  ‘Cause he is the first person I recall wearing a harness.  And, perhaps, the last.  Chalamet insists he was not wearing a harness.  “I thought it was a bib,” the actor told Ellen.  Which begs the question, a bib?  Really, Timmy?  And not just any bib, but a sequined bib.  And that’s where I’m confused – I thought perhaps he was paying homage to The Sound of Music by wearing lederhosen!

Madonna at Stonewall

Madonna made a surprise appearance at NYC’s Stonewall Inn on New Year’s Eve.  Perhaps it wasn’t a complete surprise – the day before, the Inn posted on Instagram, “We are insanely proud to announce Madonna is a Stonewall Ambassador supporting Stonewall Day + the 50th anniversary of Stonewall!”  On the night, Madonna resembled the fun, kicky Material Girl we all grew up loving.  She had a crazy bow in her hair and lots of clunky, dangling jewelry.  She donned glasses to read her lengthy remarks about how the Stonewall Inn is the birthplace of Pride.  And then she sang an acoustic version of “Like a Prayer” with her son David playing guitar, which almost made you long for the days Madonna showed off her guitar skills.  You can see the video on BillyMasters.com.

Fayewatch 2019

Since our last column was written on New Year’s Eve, I wasn’t able to tell you about Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen on CNN.  Not only was Andy almost arrested, but he almost took down the entire network with him in what I am calling Umbrella-Gate.  The Times Square Alliance banned umbrellas from the area because…well, because the world is insane.  I’m not saying that you couldn’t do some damage with an umbrella, but I’m against banning anything that Mary Poppins uses to fly.  However, since it was pouring rain in New York, Andy began the telecast with a see-through plastic dome umbrella on the telecast – kinda like the ones your mom used to get for free with the purchase of L’eggs.  After 90 minutes of bickering back and forth and Andy welcoming being arrested, the Alliance said if Cohen didn’t close the umbrella, CNN would be banned from future New Year’s Eve telecasts.  Times have certainly changed – it took a photo with a Halloween mask for Kathy Griffin to get banned!

The duo welcomed an in-person special guest – Faye Dunaway.  So, welcome to our first Fayewatch of 2019.  Faye’s presence warranted the return of Cohen’s umbrella.  “I have to give you an umbrella because you look too clean and crisp,” Andy gushed.  When asked if it was her first visit to Times Square for New Year’s Eve, Faye cackled, “Oh, yes, absolutely.  It may be my last.  No, it’s nice to be here.  We’re in New York, for God’s sake!”  This “interview”, such as it was, had a several great moments.  First, Anderson said one of his favorite movies was one Faye did with Robert Redford.  “I’m blanking on the name,” said the newsman.  Cut to Faye, who looked like a Dunaway in the headlights – “Now you’re making me blank on it.”  Talk about a gaggle of senior moments!  They continued talking about a movie neither of them could name.  Meanwhile, I’m screaming at my TV, Three Days of the Condor!  Anderson finally remembered it, and Faye smiled through those store-bought teeth and repeated the name.  Priceless.  Then Anderson mentioned that The Academy hadn’t yet settled on a host for the Oscars.  “What about you?” said Cooper.  Faye had a look on her face that basically said, “Look, I can’t remember the names of movies I’ve BEEN in.  And, may I remind you of the last time I was on the Oscars?  La La Land!”

Faye’s main purpose for stopped by was to let the international viewing audience know that she would be back on Broadway playing Katharine Hepburn in Tea at Five by my dear friend Matthew Lombardo (and kudos to Faye for mentioning his name on CNN – writers usually get overlooked).  At this point, Cohen really stepped in it when he said, “You beat Katharine Hepburn for an Academy Award, if I remember.”  Faye peered at him and said, “How did you know that?”  How indeed.  Dunaway got her first nomination for Bonnie and Clyde and lost to Hepburn.  When she won her Oscar for Network, Hepburn wasn’t nominated.  So, Andy, I’m calling this one our first ever Faye-Pas.  To her credit, Faye didn’t accept the compliment.  She simply said, “I didn’t, unfortunately.”

Heart of Hart

If the Golden Globes taught us anything, it’s that not just anyone can host.  The Oscars may be more than a month away, but they are still host-less.  So, Ellen DeGeneres decided to flex her considerable power to strong-arm Kevin Hart back into the job – and strong-arm the viewing audience into accepting him.  Apparently, Ellen and Kevin are good friends, and she thinks his past homophobic rants should not preclude him from the job.  In what was presented as a spontaneous interview on her show, Ellen asked Hart about the controversy and why he stepped down.  He then rambled on and on about…well, really, about nothing.  She then allegedly surprised him by saying that she spoke up on his behalf to The Academy.  I don’t know who she spoke to at The Academy – it may very well have been a receptionist, or even a temp.  “We want him to host, whatever we can do, we would be thrilled, and he should host,” said whomever answers the phone at The Academy.

This pissed off many people – specifically gay people.  Who was Ellen to speak on behalf of the gay community?  Maybe she is friends with Kevin and forgives him, but not everyone agrees.  Don Lemon – whose opinion is germane if for no other reason than he is a black, gay man – said he doesn’t think Hart should be allowed to host.  Lemon said Hart’s past “jokes” actually do represent the views of many black fathers of gay children.  “That is a joke to Kevin.  But the truth is, that is a reality for many little boys in the United States.  Somewhere, a black dad is beating his black son.”  Lemon added, “Apologizing and moving on does not make the world a better place for people who are gay or people who are transgender.  Being an ally does.”

Let me say I don’t have a dog in this fight.  I really don’t have any strong feelings about Kevin Hart – although I stand by my earlier statement that if you aren’t tall enough to get on Space Mountain, you can’t host the Oscars.  Beyond that, I have no idea in the heart of Hart if he is homophobic or not.  What I do know is that comics will say anything for a laugh – and I suspect Kevin Hart’s core audience would laugh at homophobic comments.  So, while I don’t know if he’s homophobic, I do know he thought the comments were funny.  Likewise, I think his non-apology apology seems to be what he thinks people want to hear.  To get the gig, he has to appear contrite, so that’s what he’s doing – with a fair amount of indignation that we’d even think he was really homophobic.

The real question is, can people evolve?  I suppose they do.  Politicians do.  People like Obama and Clinton changed their stance on gay marriage as their view “evolved” (although, like comics, I think politicians play to their audience).  Ultimately, I believe in the free market.  If The Academy wants Kevin Hart to host and he wants to host, he should host.  And if people don’t like him, believe he is homophobic, or don’t buy his apology, they should not watch the Oscars.  Kevin solved the problem for us – he (again) took himself out of the running to host…for now.

Golden Globes

Welcome to 2019 – officially.  And to kick it off, we’re reporting on the Golden Globes, even though I’m not there.  I know you count on me to be your eyes and ears everywhere, but I had pressing business elsewhere.  I did send my minions to report back to me and, well, even they were bored.  Some quick quips: I don’t know who looked more annoyed to be there, Billy Porter or Johnny Galecki; every once in a while, you think Sam Neill is dead, then, poof, there he is; much like Keith Urban, I wouldn’t let anyone near me with a flu shot; Dick Van Dyke had firmer footing than Michael DouglasChristian Bale, comedy genius; and is there anyone more breathtaking than my pal Justin Hartley?  It’s important to note that these awards are less about who won than who was snubbed.  That’s all.

Ellen On The Couch

Our Ask Billy question comes from Freddie in Hawaii who writes, “I just saw Ellen’s new comedy special.  Was she really the first female comedian Johnny invited to the couch?  Not someone like Joan Rivers or Phyllis Diller?”

It’s true, the first time Ellen DeGeneres did stand-up on The Tonight ShowJohnny Carson waved her over to the sofa.  But she wasn’t necessarily the first woman he invited over.  According to reports, when Roseanne made her first appearance on The Tonight Show a year before Ellen, Johnny also waved her over…but she was so scared, she just ran off the stage.  As to Joan and Phyllis, they were always on the show as guests – not to do stand-up.  So, they didn’t have to be invited over to the couch – they were booked on the couch.

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When our couch stories have nothing to do with casting, it’s definitely a new year and time to end yet another column.  I’d love to chat more, but it’s New Year’s Eve and, frankly, I’ve got better things to do.  But, the celebrations will continue all year long at www.BillyMasters.com – the site that straddles more than years.  If you’ve got a question, send it to me at Billy@BillyMasters.com, and I promise to get back to you before Criss gets cast in a straight role!  Until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.

Criss Plays Straight

Darren Criss says he is done raping the gay community.  Well, he didn’t say it like that.  What he actually said was this: “There are certain roles that I’ll see that are just wonderful.  But I want to make sure I won’t be another straight boy taking a gay man’s role.”  Am I the only one who finds it amusing that he refers to himself as a boy…taking a role from a gay man?  I mean, he’s 31 – I think the boy days are long gone, bucko.  And riddle me this – if Criss stops playing gay parts, what exactly will he do for work?

Inside Spacey’s Busboy

While Kevin Spacey is probably grateful to have 2018 behind him, he’s still got some daunting situations a-brewin’.  First and foremost are charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a teenage boy at a Nantucket bar in 2016.  As you may recall, Spacey allegedly flirted with the 18-year-old busboy in a restaurant, bought him a drink (after the boy said he was of age), and began putting his hands down the lad’s pants…as one does when one flirts with a busboy.  Unfortunately for Spacey, the boy is the son of a former Boston-area television news anchor.  Unfortunately for the boy, he reported the incident to the police over a year after the incident.  Something smells fishy to me, but that could just be Nantucket!  I don’t question the boy’s account of the night, but I do question the motive.  Spacey will be formally arraigned on January 7th.  If Spacey is found guilty, he could be facing 15-20 years in jail.  On the positive side, by the time he gets out, he’ll be able to hit on Andy Cohen’s kid!

In one of those situations that you’d swear was made up, the same day the formal charges against him were announced, Spacey broke his online silence by posting an odd video in which he plays his character from House of Cards.  In it, he condemns how the show ended, and how things are not as they appear in politics…and in life.  Amazingly, this three-minute clip is one, single, perfect take, and it reminds us of two things: 1) what an extraordinary actor Kevin Spacey is and, B) that he’s batshit crazy.

Kennedy Center Honors

One of my favorite ways of ending the year is to watch the Kennedy Center Honors.  And, what a gala it was.  They honored Cher.  Reba.  And a bunch of others who slipped my mind…oh, yes, composer Philip Glass, saxophonist Wayne Shorter, and the creators of Hamilton (Lin-Manuel MirandaThomas KailAndy Blankenbuehler and Alex Lacamoire).  Here’s a little inside tidbit you won’t hear anywhere else.  One of my DC deep throats told me that Lin-Manuel was approached about getting the Kennedy Center Honor…solo.  Allegedly, he said that he’d decline the honor unless it was given to the entire creative team.  Talk about being a team player.

In recent years, I’ve tuned in to these festivities to see Caroline Kennedy.  So I was disappointed that Mrs. Schlossberg was unable to attend…probably competing in some equestrian show.  Nary a Schlossberg seemed available.  So, naturally, when you think of the Kennedy legacy, the obvious host is Latina spitfire, Gloria Estefan.  In an advance photo promoting the telecast, the honorees were assembled, and you’d swear it was an exhibition at Madame Tussauds!  Of course, one can’t capture movement in a still photo.  Color me surprised to tune in and see Cher just as animated on the telecast – it’s like every time the camera panned to her, they simply hit pause.  Thank God she opened her eyes and sprung to life once Cyndi Lauper appeared.  She even jumped up and danced a bit.  And that’s when I understood the problem – I believe that corset she was wearing restricted her breathing.

Daley Doggie Style

Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black just had a kid – so I guess that ties in the old and new definition of gays and children.  In fact, we’re about to tie in the topic of bottoms.  There is a photo which is purportedly Tom Daley nude and on all fours (and I’d bet what’s left of my reputation that it’s real).  Then stills from a sex tape circulated which allegedly show Daley bottoming for a buff bald bloke (side note – it was pointed out to me that alliteration is an early sign of dementia).  Now, I’m not willing to bet what’s left of Tom’s reputation on it, but I will say the photos look real to me.  To settle the matter, I’ll simply post them on BillyMasters.com and you can decide for yourself.

Daddy Andy

The year saw the breakup of Anderson Cooper and Benjamin Maisani.  “We are still family to each other, and love each other very much.  We remain the best of friends, and will continue to share much of our lives together.”  This announcement came days after Cooper was seen squiring around a 33-year-old radiologist from Dallas named Victor Lopez.  As luck would have it, Cooper’s best buddy Andy Cohen announced that he too was suddenly single, having broken up with Harvard grad student Clifton Dassuncao.  But, in late breaking news, Cohen just announced he’s having a child  Now, I know what you’re thinking, but I double checked – he has a surrogate and is actually becoming a dad.   I’m fairly confident we’ll have more details to share next week/year.

Colton and Jeff Update

I would need a full column to really go over all the details of the Colton Haynes and Jeff Leatham marriage.  In fact, I’m exhausted before I even start recounting it.  So, let’s just encapsulate.  Boy meets boy.  Boy proposes to boy.  Boy marries boy.  Boy records a song called “Man It Sucks”.  Boy files for divorce from other boy.  Boy flies to Vancouver to surprise boy on boy’s birthday.  Boy and boy are back together.  Did you follow that?  Good.

And even though we didn’t include an “Ask Billy” question, I am always happy to find you poking about in my inbox.  Dash a note off to Billy@BillyMasters.com, and I promise to get back to you before Colton and Jeff’s next breakup (as we go to press, we hear the next installment is “boy serves younger boy with divorce papers”).  So, until next year, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.

Cattrall Tells It Like It Is

Not all scandals happen between dead people.  Take Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker…please.  One must give Cattrall credit – unlike most celebs who smile and say everything is fine, she told Piers Morgan that the two were never friends and Parker could have been “nicer”.  Parker, from the Barbara Walters school of celebrity, said the comments left her “heartbroken”.  When Cattrall’s brother died, Parker posted this on Instagram: “Dearest Kim, my love and condolences to you and yours and Godspeed to your beloved brother.  Xx”.  Cattrall fired back:  “I don’t need your love or support at this tragic time @sarahjessicaparker”.  To make sure there was no confusion, Kim then wrote:  “My mom asked me today ‘When will that @sarahjessicaparker, that hypocrite, leave you alone?’  Your continuous reaching out is a painful reminder of how cruel you really were then and now.  Let me make this VERY clear.  (If I haven’t already)  You are not my family.  You are not my friend.  So I’m writing to tell you one last time to stop exploiting our tragedy in order to restore your ‘nice girl’ persona.”  So, no Sex and the City 3?

Porowski Revealed

I also recently told you that Antoni Porowski from Queer Eye was whispered to be dating Trace Lehnhoff, formerly of Flipping Out.  Well, they just made their liaison official with a social media post.  Around the same time, we got word that the ridiculously hot Antoni had shot a potential photo spread (so to speak) for Calvin Klein underwear.  Some of the photos briefly surfaced on the photographer’s Instagram page, but then were yanked.  Happily, you can yank away to your heart’s content ‘cause we’ve got the snaps on BillyMasters.com.

Billy Reviews Broadway

Then I had to rush to LAX to catch a plane to NYC.  Since I paid for all my show tickets, I can say whatever I want – I mean, I always do anyway, but now I don’t have to sugarcoat it.  First up was The Waverly Gallery with Elaine May, not a name one immediately thinks of to helm a play about a woman in the beginning stages of dementia.  To pace it just right and know when to give more and when to pull back is a master skill, and May handles it beautifully.  The play itself is somewhat episodic in nature, but the performances were indelible.  Everyone in this show was great (kudos to Joan Allen), but ultimately you’ll walk out whistling Elaine May.

One of the hot tickets in town was Stockard Channing and Hugh Dancy in Apologia.  Since this was the play’s final week, it was sold out.  But that didn’t stop me from going to the theatre anyway.  Happily, I was able to grab a single seat – although in confirming my purchase, it sounded like the guy in the box office said “One ticket for Stockard Channing as Apollonia”.  For a split second, I had visions of Stockard in leather and lace, straddling a motorcycle, and singing “When Doves Cry”.  Now THAT’S a show I’d fly out to see!  Anything short of that was going to be a disappointment.  Happily, the play is good and Stockard was her usual brilliant self.  As great as Hugh Dancy always is, I felt he was woefully underutilized – but that might be because he never took his shirt off.

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I knew going into Torch Song that Michael Urie was miscast as Arnold.  It’s not that he’s not good – he’s exceptionally talented.  But it’s not an effortless fit.  More often than not, it feels awkward and forced.  Most of the blame falls on Moisés Kaufman’s direction, which could have (and should have) masked some of the issues.  More often than not, Urie appeared to be trapped in an SNL skit filled with bad accents and schticky physicality.  People either love or hate Mercedes Ruehl as Arnold’s mother.  I thought she was fine.  Great even.  Specifically, you completely believed she was Urie’s mother because many of their mannerisms were strikingly similar.  Arnold’s on-again, off-again bisexual lover Ed was played to perfection by Ward Horton (who I previously enjoyed in a play nobody else saw), while Michael Hsu Rosen was a deliciously conniving twink Alan.  But why, oh why, did they cast someone as the son who looks twice the age he’s supposed to be?  This David looks like he stumbled in from a post-college Propecia commercial.  When Ma mistakes him for her son’s new lover, it seems completely plausible.  If anything, David looks like he could be Arnold’s sugar daddy.  Sorry, I calls ‘em like I sees ‘em.

Lifespan of a Fact stars Daniel RadcliffeBobby Cannavale, and Cherry Jones – a terrific trio, indeed.  Cherry ends up with the short end of that stick (I kept picturing Elizabeth Ashley in the role).  Cannavale plays a difficult but acclaimed writer hired to write an “essay” for a magazine.  Radcliffe is assigned the role of “proofing” the essay.  He comes up with 129 pages of notes for an essay that is only 15 pages long!  It’s a fascinating discourse on how sometimes the truth can get in the way of a good story.  Is fudging OK if it helps the narrative?  Or is a lie always a lie?  As someone who struggles with this weekly (yes, I’m talking to you, Pasadena), it definitely hit home.  The play is smart, funny, and engaging – to say nothing of topical.  Definitely my pick of the week.

Divas Still Singing

I then zipped over to Divas where, child, it was just pandemonium.  Those people want their Jenifer Lewis, and they want her now.  But, if they wanted a photo, they had to buy the book (the purple paperback of The Mother of Black Hollywood makes a GREAT Christmas gift).  Jenifer sang.  She carried on.  She did some high kicks.  She did everything you’d expect her to do…and more.  We had a blast.  And Sheryl Lee Ralph – well, what can one say?  She pulls it all off so gorgeously and glamorously and generously.  A great night on every level.

Yes, Arnetia

I’ve got way too much to share with you this week, so I’m gonna dive right in.  I must make a confession – I’ve loved Arnetia Walker since I saw her getting fucked doggie-style by Ray Sharkey in Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills.  I know – that’s a lot to take in (that’s what she said!).  So when the prolific Stan Zimmerman told me she was starring in his and Christian McLaughlin’s play Yes, Virginia at The Complex in Hollywood, I had to go.  Problem was, I had no free time.  I couldn’t go to a preview – I had to bake lemon bars for a holiday party.  I couldn’t go to the opening night because I had my Well-Strung boys in their Christmas Show at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center (it was great, it was fabulous, we’ll come back to them in the Gift Giving section).

The only possible time I could go was the Sunday matinee.  But it was gonna be tight since I was escorting Jenifer Lewis to Divas Simply Singing at 5PM.  The play was at 3PM, and it was 90 minutes long.  So I’d have time to meet and greet and do whatever else one does when meeting someone who you’ve seen getting fucked doggie-style (in addition to the sexual act, what makes that moment particularly memorable is Arnetia’s comedic timing…as you’ll see on BillyMasters.com).  I loved the play, and Arnetia was a dream.  In fact, she holds the distinction of having played virtually every part in Dreamgirls – possibly including James “Thunder” Early!  She is a versatile powerhouse who honed her skills in the theatre and took them to the big and small screen.  She stars alongside Mindy Sterling, who I also love but I never saw get fucked in any position (why do I keep harping on this?).  It was a privilege to see them both in this terrific play and in an intimate theatre.  It runs through December 30th

Daley & the Bald Bloke

Queer athletes bring us to our Ask Billy question from Stephen in Anaheim.  “Remember all that talk about a sex tape of Tom Daley being shopped around?  Whatever happened to that?”

That’s a good question.  Sure, we got quite a fascinating shot of his ass in the air waiting for…well, whomever turned up.  And there was that brief clip of him allegedly fondling his nether regions through underwear.  But then, nothing.  So I did a little digging and found quite a few still shots from a video that allegedly stars Mr. Daley and a rather hot bald bloke.  Now, I cannot say that this is definitely Tom.  For all I know, it could be one of those many Tom Daley look-a-likes with a strikingly similar body, similar hair, and similar ass which is enjoyed with great gusto by a hot bald guy.  I mean, anything’s possible.  Check it out at BillyMasters.com and decide for yourself.

More Holiday Gifts

Time for another installment of Billy’s Holiday Gift Giving Suggestions.  This week, we’re delivering the perfect 2019 calendar.  My first choice is usually the Orthodox Calendar, but they have let me down.  When that calendar started, it featured risqué photos of allegedly Orthodox priests and monks.  Now they’re admitting the photos are of models, but still “inspired by” Orthodox priests and monks.  Thanks, but no thanks.

Instead, I am happy to once again spotlight the work of the Warwick Rowers.  This group of hot athletes has been raising funds through their calendar since 2009.  Obviously the men change, but the standards remain high.  The gay and straight rowers have twice been named UK Charity Calendar of the Year by whomever votes on these things…presumably a bunch of Brits.  This year’s calendar features a special guest – two-time Olympic rower Robbie Manson from New Zealand.  And let’s just say his openly gay oar is prominently featured.  While we will share some of the more sizzling shots on BillyMasters.com, I’d suggest you grab the calendar quickly at WarwickRowers.org.  And HURRY – I was gonna promote the Ben Cohen calendar, but it’s already sold out.

Falsettos Tour Cast

I’m more than a bit intrigued by the cast of the national tour of Falsettos.  One might think that Christian Borle and Andrew Rannells would be hard to top – well, not that hard.  Then it was announced that the tour will star Max von Essen and Nick Adams, and more than my ears perked up.  First off, they’re both gay, which is always a plus.  And Max is a leading man of the first order.  He’s been the stand-by for some great people (Ricky Martin in Evita and virtually everyone in Les Misérables) and, for a while, he was in the running for the real-life role of Mrs. Neil Patrick Harris – but that’s another story.  Nick, on the other hand, is more known for his body than his body of work – although that’s mighty impressive as well.  So for him to flex his thespianistic muscles in this role is a tantalizing prospect, indeed.  Fingers crossed he’s up to the challenge.  With Eden Espinosa rounding out this luxurious cast, you have a great show that’s not to be missed when it comes to a city near you.

Faye Tackles Hepburn

I typically wouldn’t have a Fayewatch item this early in the column.  But trust me, this is no normal Fayewatch.  Then again, there is no such thing as a “normal” Fayewatch.  For the past few years, Miss Dunaway’s professional output has been limited to a curious extended commercial for Gucci and shuffling onstage at two consecutive Academy Awards – thus ensuring her spot when it’s time for the inevitable In Memoriam segment.  That was all a warm-up for her grand return to Broadway.  Ah, the Great White Way.  Faye hasn’t appeared there since 1982 – I believe she was 82 at the time.  And she’s finally found a vehicle to harness her unique talents, such as they are.  She will star in Tea at Five, a one-woman show about…brace yourself, Katharine Hepburn!  Well, when you think of people suitable to play dead grand dames, who else?  The press release indicates that the run will take place sometime next summer and will be a “strictly limited engagement” (I will refrain from the obvious joke).  Here’s something the press release doesn’t say – the first choice for the role of Miss Hepburn was the divine Charles Busch!  And I should know: I was there.  Back in 2011, Busch starred in a one-night-only performance of Matthew Lombardo’s revised play, which was a benefit for the Ali Forney Center.  Needless to say, he was magical.  Charles was courted for a full run, but Busch marches to the beat of his own drum and declined.  So, essentially Faye is replacing a fella in a frock.  How curious – usually it’s the other way around.

Thirsty For Burlington

The good thing about having lasted so long in this business we call show is that I’ve grown up with many of the people I write about.  The acclaimed Thirsty Burlington and I go back a LONG way.  Long before I started writing this column, I spent years hosting shows in my native Boston.  One of the regulars in attendance was the young Scott Townsend.  To have watched Scott transform himself into Thirsty Burlington, one of the world’s premier Cher impersonators, has been a joy for me.  But that was nothing next to the joy I felt watching the film Thirsty and seeing how this extraordinary person developed.  It was also a pleasant surprise to see my friend Jonny Beauchamp play Scott in his early years!  If you are a fan or new to the Burlington brand, this is a film I cannot recommend enough.  You can grab it on Amazon or watch it on Amazon Prime.

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When I’m still Thirsty for more Burlington, it’s time to end another column.  I forgot the worst part of the holidays – peppermint bark.  Don’t get me wrong, I love it…a bit too much.  So while I am out doing a few extra thousand steps, you can check out www.BillyMasters.com – the site that’s always a step ahead of everyone else.  But even while exercising (or eating), I can respond to your every need.  Drop a note to Billy@BillyMasters.com, and I promise to get back to you before Pope Francis starts giving out Bibles with a strip of condoms as a bookmark!  So, until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.

Gay Soap Stud Secrets

Without further ado, we bring you more of Billy’s Holiday Gift Giving Suggestions.  Thom Bierdz has the distinction of not only being the first openly gay actor to appear as a regular on a daytime drama, he also played a character who was openly gay.  Of course, neither the actor nor the character started out that way.  When Phillip Chancellor III was killed off of The Young and the Restless in 1989, Bierdz went into something of a freefall.  When his character returned from the dead 20 years later – as soap characters do – it was revealed that he faked his death because he wanted to live openly as a gay man.  If you think that sounds bizarre, wait till you read Young, Gay & Restless.  It’s a gripping story of a handsome young man trying to make it in Hollywood, hitting the heights of daytime drama one day, and then bartending at the Soap Opera Digest Awards the next.  Dichotomy is a regular part of Bierdz’s life.  While he was being pursued by some of the best-looking men in Hollywood, he was still feeling inadequate about his looks and took some drastic measures to change them.  Throw in one brother who committed suicide and another who killed their mother, and you have a story that’s stranger than fiction.  By the way, Bierdz is marking his second appearance on our Gift Giving list.  His previous book about the murder of his mother, Forgiving Troy, made our list in 2009.  You can get his books – and his artwork – at ThomBierdz.com.

Rita Returns to Roots

Whoever said you can never go home again never met Rita Moreno.  The 86-year-old EGOT winner is having a third act that rivals her first two.  Not only is she enjoying major success on the Netflix reboot of One Day at a Time, but she’s returning to her roots.  As you know, Moreno won her Oscar playing Anita in the film version of West Side Story.  With Steven Spielberg poised to shoot a remake next year, Rita has joined the cast and will be playing Valentina.  If you don’t remember her, you ain’t alone – the character didn’t exist.  Valentina is actually based on the original character of Doc, who was Tony’s boss at the corner store.  By the by, Moreno will also be one of the executive producers of the flick!  Felicidades!!

Kid Rock Takes on Behar

I may be powerful, but I am nothing next to Joy Behar.  She managed to get Kid Rock fired from being grand marshal of Nashville’s Christmas Parade without doing a thing!  It all started when Kid appeared on Fox & Friends to promote the parade.  “The division in the country right now, it’s so hard for people just to get past that we can disagree and still be cordial with one another.  God forbid you say something a little wrong – you’re racist, homophobic, Islamophobic.  People need to calm down, get a little less politically correct.”  Until that point, he had me.  Then he took that extra step.  “And I would say love everybody.  Except I’d say screw that Joy Behar bitch.  Everybody but that!”  Well, co-host Steve Doocy jumped in and said, “You cannot say that.  We apologize for that.”  Later, anchor Ainsley Earhardt said, “We do need to apologize.  We don’t feel that way about Joy Behar.  We don’t condone that language.”  Of course, since this happened an hour before The View, it was catnip for the co-hosts.  Sunny Hostin said, “You come for one of us, you come for all of us.”  Behar, who has been around longer than most, seemed to enjoy the added attention.  “All I can say is this bitch and these bitches would be happy to have you on the show and have a beer.”  The fracas got kicked up a notch when a spokesperson for the mayor of Nashville said, “If Kid Rock is still the grand marshal tomorrow, the mayor is inclined not to participate.”  Needless to say, Kid was out and the mayor was in.  But he can always go have a beer with the ladies of The View.

Chaka Khan Floats

Speaking of things in a bowl, we hear that Chaka Khan will be the Grand Marshal for the Rose Bowl Parade.  She’s even going to be on the float!  Of course, I suspect it’ll be hard to tell where the dress ends and the float begins.

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When everything’s coming up Chaka, it’s time to end another column.  Before we hit New Year’s, we’ve got scads of celebrating to do at www.BillyMasters.com – the site that can stuff more than just your stocking.  Send your questions to Billy@BillyMasters.com, and I promise to get back to you before de Havilland says, “Let them eat cake!”  Until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.

Danny Roberts Returns

Remember Danny Roberts from The Real World: New Orleans?  Way back in 2000, he was dating someone in the military whose face was blurred – back then you could be drummed out of the service for being gay.  We hadn’t heard much about Danny in recent years – except for an erect nude photo of dubious veracity which you can still find on our website.  Roberts recently slipped back into the spotlight via an interview with Entertainment Weekly, where he revealed three things: 1) he’s living in NYC, 2) he’s adopted a two-year-old girl, 3) he’s HIV-positive.  Apparently he found out his HIV status in 2011 after passing out and waking up in a pool of blood.  While he doesn’t go into detail about the passing out or pool of blood, he says this about his status: “The last thing I ever want is pity.  I just want people to know and be aware.  I knew so little myself so I get it.”

Three Times The Flash

In a story which will put the tingle back in your loins, my pal John Wesley Shipp has winched his considerable assets back into tights to once again play The Flash.  “Billy,” I can almost hear you crying, “Doesn’t he play the father of The Flash?”  Oh, how soon they forget.  Back when James Van Der Beek barely had his first pubes, Shipp was the eponymous Flash for CBS.  Yes, now he plays the father.  But in the ‘90s, our superheroes were much hunkier.  For the fifth annual Arrowverse crossover, Elseworld will feature characters from The FlashArrow and Supergirl in a CW spectacular.  The event takes place over three nights, December 9-11, introduces Batwoman and Lois Lane, and features Shipp in tights for the first time since 1990.  Well, there was that night I spent with him in Toledo back in 2011…but that’s another story.

Macys Same Sex Kiss

Gossip doesn’t take a holiday – even on Thanksgiving.  While your beloved Billy was nibbling on assorted legs and thighs, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade featured two women kissing.  And?  I mean, it’s 2018…there must have been more to it than just that.  Nope, apparently that was it.  People online were going berserk after a same-sex smooch between two female cast members from the Broadway musical The Prom, a show about a group of actors saving a high school prom after the PTA threatens to cancel the event if a lesbian couple attends (I haven’t seen it yet, but I hear it’s great).  When the ladies locked lips on live TV, life imitated art and a few vocal people expressed their outrage.  One Tweet tickled me.  “Millions of small children just watched two girls kiss and had their innocence broken this morning.”  Two things: 1) I’d be shocked if the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade had one million total viewers, let alone millions of children, and b) Are kids really shocked by two girls kissing?

Michael C. Hall’s Secret

Our Ask Billy question comes from Victor in Detroit.  “I just read that Michael C. Hall says he’s bisexual.  Didn’t you write about this years ago?”

Apparently I knew before Mikey did.  In an interview with The Daily Beast, he said that appearing in Cabaret made him aware of it.  “I think there’s a spectrum.  I am on it.  If there was a percentage, I would say I was not all the way heterosexual.  I think playing the Emcee required me to fling a bunch of doors wide open because that character I imagined as pansexual.  Yeah, like I made out with Michael Stuhlbarg every night doing the show.  I think I have always leaned into any fluidity in terms of my sexuality.”  He added, “I’ve never had an intimate relationship with a man.”  Now, I don’t want to call Michael C. Hall a liar, but I think he’s a big fat liar…just my humble opinion.

Jaden Smith’s Boyfriend

Then there’s Jaden Smith, who is going somewhere Daddy never went.  At a recent show, he said, “I just want to say Tyler, The Creator is the best friend in the whole world and I love him so fucking much.  And I want to tell you guys something – Tyler doesn’t want to say, but Tyler is my motherfucking boyfriend, and he’s been my motherfucking boyfriend my whole fucking life.  Tyler, The Creator is my fucking boyfriend.  It’s true!”  Or is it?  Tyler, The Creator (a name I’m fairly confident doesn’t appear on a birth certificate) can be seen shaking his head offstage.  Then Jaden Tweeted, “I told everyone you can’t deny it now”.  Tyler responded with a post of his own (and don’t get mad at me – I’m just quoting him): “hahaha you a crazy nigga man.”  Part of me believes this.  Part of me doesn’t.  Part of me doesn’t have a clue who Tyler, The Creator is.  And part of me thinks this is a bunch of straight guys laughing about being gay…which brings us back to Will.

It wouldn’t be the first gay rumors about Tyler, The Creator (and let’s hope I don’t ever have to type those three words again).  Last year, he wrote a song extolling the virtues of Timothée Chalamet.  In “Okra” (get ready to sing along), he rapped: “Tell Tim Chalamet to come and get at me, skin glowin’, clear of acne.”  Now, there’s a talent.  I bet even Cole Porter wouldn’t know what to rhyme with acne – let alone Clearasil!  Still, it’s nice to see Tyler doesn’t have a type.

Jamal’s Fiancé

Jussie Smollett is enjoying having a fiancé on Empire.  But it almost turned out quite differently.  “There was talk about Jamal having a white boyfriend and I said, ‘Fuck no!’  Not for any reason except we have a responsibility and we have such a beautiful opportunity to show two black men in a relationship together, in a healthy relationship.  But it was important and that wasn’t anything against white men.  It was just a thing of…this is what I wished I had seen as a kid because if I had seen certain things as an adolescent, I would have had a much different understanding of who I am in an earlier space.”  I’m still confused – would he date a white guy or not?

Billy Hamlet Times Two

Last week, I was pretty much everywhere.  From Los Angeles to Boston to NYC to New Hope, PA, and back.  I’ll spare you the drama, the white-out conditions, the frigid temperatures, and the detour to Secaucus (oh, the humanity).  On Broadway, I caught one of the last performances of Bernhardt/Hamlet.  The play by Theresa Rebeck (who, among other things, wrote the first season of Smash) has good material, and an even better cast.  There’s a terrific story there, but it gets sidetracked into women’s lib chatter.  You see, the legendary actress Sarah Bernhardt may well have been for women’s lib.  After all, she believed women could do whatever men could…and better.  But she didn’t go around fighting for all women – she just did what she wanted.  This is one of the reasons she wanted to play Hamlet.  Thank goodness for Janet McTeer, who is brilliant as the divine Sarah.  She makes something out of almost everything…except for the opening of the second act where she was felled by a mysterious malady which led to her being assisted off the stage.  House lights came on, and an announcement was made that the show would resume momentarily.  Within five minutes, the lights dimmed, and McTeer entered, picking up where she left off – but not before saying, “You weren’t going to get off that easily”.  It’s a flawed play about a fascinating moment in theatrical history starring a true legend.

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The next day, I saw another legendary lady in another play about Hamlet.  The play was Paul Rudnick’s I Hate Hamlet, and the actress was the incandescent Elizabeth Ashley.  There are few people I would risk life and limb to see in a blizzard.  But Miss Ashley tops that list.  Whenever she hits the stage, it crackles with excitement.  And when a mishap occurs – such as awkwardly sitting on a sofa – she reacts as she would in real life.  “My dear, your chaise is quite low,” she ad-libbed in a German accent she claimed was right out of Hogan’s Heroes!  The Bucks County Playhouse has assembled a great cast for this play about a TV actor tackling Shakespeare (the run ends on December 1st).  When I was in college, I understudied the role of Andrew – played here by the adorable Ben Fankhauser.  Ben is terrific.  I would have been awful!  Even as a youngster, I knew THE role was the ghost of John Barrymore.  Tom Hewitt devours this scene-stealing role, and yet he never crosses the line into farce.  And playing this part has one enormous perk – he gets to seduce Elizabeth Ashley!  “Am I a lucky guy or what?  I can check that off my list,” he told me afterwards with a huge grin.  The play is as spirited as ever, and the cast is top-notch.  The set is quite stunning, and the whole production makes me eager to return to the Bucks County Playhouse.  But next time, I’ll wait till the thaw.

Gay Porn on The Voice

Last week, a contestant on The Voice claimed his porno past contributed to his elimination.  What most outlets skipped was that the porn he did was gay porn.  Tyshawn Colquitt says, “I did it when I was going through a rough time.  I got a presidential scholarship, but I didn’t have any money to pay for any type of living expenses, so I couldn’t go to college.  I was trying to do so many different things and it was just not enough.”  So often, amateur gay porn isn’t enough.  In this case, it happened to be amateur gay porn group scenes.  If you’re interested in viewing more of Tyshawn’s body of work, check out BillyMasters.com.

Frankie’s Throuple

There is not a member of the Grande family who interests me.  But, I know my readers like little Frankie, so here goes.  On Halloween, he announced that he is a part of a throuple.  For those of you not sexually adventurous, that means he’s in a relationship with two people.  What I have learned in my time around the block is that most throuples consist of the actual couple and a third who either doesn’t last long, or takes one member of the couple with him when he leaves.  I suspect this throuple is no different since Frankie revealed his boyfriends are a legally married couple.  I’ll say this for Frankie – he’s nabbed a hot couple.  And they bring something to the table – one’s a doctor, and one’s a lawyer.  When asked what his favorite part of the relationship is, Grande said, “Dick”.  Times two.  With Frankie, I’m sure nobody is waiting for a turn.

Have Another Peach

I told you that Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet would be re-teaming for a sequel to Call Me By Your Name.  Recently, Chalamet did an interview with Harry Styles for i-D (don’t ask…I don’t know).  Harry asked, “Can you still eat peaches?”  Oh, that little scamp.  Chalamet said, “Umm I can, but not without thinking about it.”  He also said, “That’s the most awkward scene to see with your parents in the whole world.  My poor father.”  Inexplicably, Styles followed that up with the following quip – “I’m sure he’s done it too.”  Oy!

Another Steven’s Out

I do hate to sound crabby, but if I can’t be crabby, who can?  I’m really disappointed in most of these reboots.  Murphy Brown might as well be filmed in slow motion at an old age home, Roseanne was fine until Roseanne died, and Charmed has no magic.  Perhaps it’s these disappointments that explain my fondness for Dynasty – as long as I don’t compare it to the original.  Last week, Nicollette Sheridan had a great moment when her Alexis popped a potato chip in her mouth after saying, “If you haven’t noticed, Cristals come and go around here.”  We’re barely into season two, and we’re already on our second Cristal.  But wait, there’s more – Steven is out.  The current actor, James Mackay, revealed, “While Steven had a choice to leave, unfortunately I didn’t.”  Executive producer Sallie Patrick was not pleased.  She blames the firing on “notes from the network”, mentioning that “the series just lost its sole queer couple.  Let’s hope Steven’s leave of absence is temporary.”  My sources tell me that the network has an intriguing idea – recast the role.  Why?  Because that’s what they did in the original series. 

Rami Malek Revealed

With Bohemian Rhapsody opening, I expect I will get several Ask Billy questions like this one from Justin in Rhode Island: “Rami Malek is so hot.  Is he gay?  Do you have nude pics or videos of him?

We got similar questions about Rami after he won the Emmy for Mr. Robot – and back then, we happily obliged.  However, I somehow missed last summer’s release of Papillon staring Rami and Charlie Hunnam.  This was a remake of the 1973 flick, with Charlie in the Steve McQueen role and Rami as a latter-day Dustin Hoffman.  His prison flick features quite a bit of nudity – like LOTS of it.  In fact, it would be easier for me to point out the scenes where hot men are clothed as opposed to when they’re showing skin.  Of course, that defeats the purpose of such a riveting story…at least, I suppose there was a story.  But you can look at the pretty pictures on BillyMasters.com.

Reality Show Romance

The problem with so many out gay people on television is that it’s hard to keep track of their ever-changing relationship status.  Take Antoni Porowski from the cast of the revamped Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.  Last week, he announced he was single.  Then, a few hours later, he was in a new relationship.  Well, we gays work fast and, let’s face it – ripped abs have a treacherously short shelf life.  Antoni’s revelation was that he’d split from the equally hot Joey Krietemeyer, whom he had been dating for about seven years.  We suspect the split happened a few months ago, since Antoni showed up on the arm of a familiar fella at some Emmy parties back in September.  Back then, people just figured Antoni and Trace Lehnhoff, from Flipping Out, were professional colleagues.  Apparently, it is much more than that – the twosome have gone public with their coupling.  Since the name Trace sounded familiar (one doesn’t meet many of them), I checked out the indispensable archives on BillyMasters.com.  Way back when he was Jeff Lewis’ intern, I ran into Trace on Halloween of 2010 while he was walking around WeHo wearing football shoulder pads and a jock strap!  Of course, we’ll re-post those photos, along with some of this new pairing.  You know what I got out of this item?  That Joey Krietemeyer is single.

Gay Love & Hip Hop

I must confess, I don’t watch Love and Hip Hop.  I know I should – Wendy talks about it all the time.  Perhaps I’ll tune in next season, since the show is adding a gay couple.  Model Zachary Jones is known for having a ridiculously hot body, which he enjoys showing off as much as possible.  He’s joining the cast, alongside his beau, Prince Carter.  The couple made a statement about the casting: “As an African-American gay male couple it’s tough as hell in today’s society and there are sooooooooooo many stigmas we’re up against.  With this platform we want to show that love has no face or color.  But love is all about treating others with respect.  Allowing people to just live their best lives.”  I do hope I included enough O’s in that quote!  You can sample the couple on our website.

Gus Rips Off Rippon

Some of our queer celebs had inventive costumes this year.  The one that stuck out for me was that of skier Gus Kenworthy, who went as fellow Olympian Adam Rippon.  He wore a replica of the skater’s Oscars ensemble, complete with leather harness!  Gus called himself “Adam Ripoff”, and replaced the Oscar over the real Adam’s shoulder with a similarly sized penis…as one does.  Rippon applauded the homage, saying, “We finally did each other.”  Kenworthy responded, “I’ve been wanting to do you since we met.”  Boys, boys, save it for someplace where same-sex encounters are encouraged – like the Olympic Village!

Chidi Shows Off Hot Bod

Our Ask Billy question comes from Gary in San Francisco.  “I don’t know if you watch The Good Place, but the guy who plays Chidi just was shirtless, and WOW – for a bookworm, he sure is jacked!”

That revelation was the twist nobody saw coming on The Good Place – a ripped Chidi!  I admit that the sight of his body really distracted me.  Apparently Chidi isn’t just a dorky nerd into heavy reading – he’s also into heavy lifting!  Whatever he’s doing, keep it up.  Once you see the pics on BillyMasters.com, I predict you’ll do the same.

Uber Driver Rides Wolf

Austin Wolf made headlines for his mile-high encounter with a Delta flight attendant (the video can be found on BillyMasters.com).  Wolf continues to make the rounds of people in the transportation industry.  Last week, he posted a video of an Uber driver servicing him – presumably it was part of his tip.  As always, we’ll post the video.

Sexy Soap Star Stalked

I’ve previously expressed my admiration for Max Ehrich, an actor who previously appeared on Under the Dome and The Young and the Restless, and is rumored to have played an active role in the private life of Chris Colfer – speculation, of course, but circumstantial evidence points in that direction.  Young Max recently posted the following on Twitter: “I am currently being stalked.  I am putting this out there so that this person (ppl involved) are aware that the police are now involved.  Please leave me alone.  I wish I could say that this is all over, but I’m continuing to get my safety threatened even with a security team.  I have to step away from social media at this time.  Love you guys.”  He then posted a photo of a burly gent sitting on his hotel bed with the word “SECURITY” printed on the back of his T-shirt (note to self – never hire a security guard who wears a T-shirt that says “SECURITY”).  Max then said, “Just wanted to update you guys that I am safe & secure.  I appreciate the messages.  Don’t take your safety for granted.  There really are some sick people out there.  Stay safe x”.   He later told TMZ that a realtor became infatuated with him, sexually aggressive, and at one point brandished a gun!  That fills in some of the blanks, but not all of it.  Sources say that this wasn’t so much a business relationship that went south as an online hookup that went wrong.  Not to victim blame, of course, but let this be a cautionary tale (or tail).

Blackface – Yay or Nay?

The big story last week was about Megyn Kelly and blackface – two things I never thought would go together.  Megyn Kelly and a lobotomy, yes.  Megyn Kelly and peroxide poisoning, yes.  Megyn Kelly and a Botox mishap, yes.  But blackface?  If you don’t know, Meg tackled the issue of using blackface for Halloween by saying it was OK to dress up as a specific person of a different ethnicity.  And that leads us, inevitably, to Designing Women.  Now, I know my audience – you all saw this coming a mile away.  In the famous episode, the ladies were in a talent show lip-synching to The Supremes.  There were many problems with this scenario.  First off, there were only three Supremes, while there were four DW.  Second, they performed “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, which was a hit for Diane after she left The Supremes (although here’s a fun fact – The Supremes and Temptations recorded a cover of the Tammi Terrell/Marvin Gaye version of this song in 1968).  Third, and the issue germane to this situation, The Supremes were black women, while the ladies on DW were white.  Suzanne had her beautician whip up skin bronzing makeup.  Julia balked, saying it was insulting to black women.  Come showtime, the three girls are onstage au naturel when Suzanne walks out with tinted skin – looking stunning, I might add.

And that brings us to the question – if you are dressing up as someone famous of a different color, how far do you go?  And before you answer, I’m not talking about minstrel makeup with exaggerated lips; I’m talking natural coloring.  In theatre, this is commonplace.  When an opera singer plays Aida, she must look Ethiopian.  When someone sings or acts Othello, he must look like a Moor (although the Met recently stopped doing this).  When Whoopi Goldberg hosted the 1999 Academy Awards, she came out as Queen Elizabeth I – complete with the Virgin Queen’s heavily powdered white face.  For all those reasons – and believe me, I am no fan – I think Megyn got a raw deal when NBC fired her.  Methinks they were just looking for an excuse to dump her.

Austin Wolf Flies Delta

Lots of you sent in the same Ask Billy question.   But it was Randy in Maine who wrote in first.  “What is the story about the gay porn star and flight attendant having sex in the bathroom?  And there’s a video?  Where?”

Gay porn star Austin Wolf was on a Delta flight when he met a newly hired flight attendant.  The FA in question was not working, but he was in uniform.  At a certain point, the two disappeared into a lavatory for eight minutes.  I’d say you can only imagine what went on, but no need to imagine – Austin took a video with his phone!  Not only is the FA’s face clearly visible (since his mouth is doing much of the initial work), but so is his employee ID.  Oops!  And, before you ask, yes, the attendant enjoyed Austin from both ends.  Moments after Wolf posted the video, people went crazy and immediately identified the Delta employee.  He claims to have not known he was being filmed, which is: a) unbelievable and 2) hardly the point.  He’s been suspended.  Austin quickly deleted the video from the web…but not before we snagged it.  Prepare for liftoff, on BillyMasters.com.

Hernandez’s Prom Date

Someone making news is Aaron Hernandez, who died over a year ago.  The quarterback of his high school football team, Dennis SanSoucie, confirms that the two began a sexual relationship in middle school which continued through high school.  “Me and him were very much into trying to hide what we were doing.  We didn’t want people to know,” he says of his relationship with the former tight end.  Aaron’s brother Jonathan says that Hernandez “had a feminine way about him,” which enraged their father.  “I remember [Aaron] wanted to be a cheerleader.  My cousins were cheerleaders and amazing.  And I remember coming home and like my dad put an end to that really quick.”  We’ll give SanSoucie the last word: “I really truly feel in my heart I got the thumbs-up from him.”  TMI.

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