Category Archives: Breaking

Nude Bachelorette Beau

Since we’re on the subject of male nudity, let’s move along to our Ask Billy letter from Roger in Anaheim: “This has to be the hottest group of guys ever to be on The Bachelorette.  You must have nude photos of some of them.”

I must agree with Roger – this is a particularly hunky group of guys.  And they’re certainly showing lots of skin – especially during that game of strip dodgeball.  Since the season is young, I can’t say I have photos of “some of them”.  But I do have nude photos of one of them.  The show hasn’t focused much on Kenny Braasch, but I have.  I noticed that chiseled face and ripped body.  Although he’s billed as a “Boyband Manager”, Kenny is also a former basketball and baseball player…so he’s clearly versatile.  And he wears a size 13 shoe and has parts of his anatomy that would make a horse jealous.  And don’t even get me started on his flexibility – or how he handles balls…or his cock.  While I’m not completely sure about any man who sports what I would charitably call a Brazilian, I’m still interested enough to show you a plethora of photos on BillyMasters.com.

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When Posey’s taking one for our team, it’s definitely time to end yet another column.  So Jeffrey Toobin just gets a slap on the wrist.  What if it had been Wolf Blitzer?  Would everyone have been as understanding?  While you ponder that, pound on your keyboard and check out www.BillyMasters.com – the site that’s safe for work…if you work in a cave!  For your more discreet needs, drop a note to Billy@BillyMasters.com, and I promise to get back to you before Kenny says “Bye, Bye, Bye”!  Until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.

Lainie & Michele Reunite

We just wrapped a memorable week on Billy Masters LIVE.  We kicked it off with our political commentator, Sue O’Connell, and legal eagle, Gloria Allred.  When I asked her what she thought about the Jeffrey Toobin Zoom situation, Gloria snapped, “Hands up!  Keep ‘em up there!”  I quickly complied, and she did the same.  Yes, these are the things you’ll find on my eponymous show.  Where else could you go from Gloria Allred to Randy Roberts?  The illusionist extraordinaire joined us from Key West to talk about live shows resuming at La Te Da – behind Plexiglas!  It almost sounds as if he’s doing a show at the Olive Garden salad bar!  Definitely check it out.

And then…the show that’s been six months in the making.  Strike that – 47 years in the making.  For the first time ever, Lainie Kazan and Michele Lee sat down and talked about the Broadway debacle that was Seesaw.  The legendary ladies had been friends for years, co-starred in the musical Bravo Giovanni, and even lived in the same building.  Seesaw changed all of that.  Lainie Kazan was fired, Michele Lee was hired.  Lee would rehearse by day, Lainie would perform by night.  And they didn’t speak for almost 15 years.  Their recounting of that time was emotional, but also cathartic.  They bared their souls in a way that was so intimate – sometimes I left them alone on-screen because I felt as if I were intruding.  Of course, I came back for us to share loads of laughs, music, and risqué footage.  It will all live in infamy on our YouTube channel, Billy Masters TV, or on BillyMasters.com/TV.

How do you follow that up?  With Hot Guy Week.  On Tuesday, Christopher Sieber will join us, and on Thursday, I’ll show off my foreign tongue with Gilles MariniBilly Masters LIVE – where the stars play by day.

Gullible Giuliani

It’s been over a decade since the first Borat film.  So before viewing the sequel, I decided to sit down and watch the first one again.  In comparison, the new flick is far more scripted – and far less believable.  As to the scene with Rudy Giuliani, my experience tells me that camera angles, editing, and perhaps some judicious audio manipulation make it look far worse than it actually was.  There is no denying that Rudy did go into the bedroom with a young woman he had been touching repeatedly and already offered to eat a bat with.  But, they obviously weren’t alone since it was all captured on film.  The only thing we know for certain is that basically anyone can get to Giuliani.

Posey Likes Ass Play

You know what my readers are talking about?  Tyler Posey’s latest exposé.  Since starting his OnlyFans page, Posey’s been quite loose-lipped (I smell a future Billy Masters LIVE guest).  He revealed, “I’ve hooked up with guys”.  He’s also said, “I’ve been fucked with a strap on” – which, I suppose, qualifies as bottoming.  When pressed on the subject, Posey explained, “I haven’t had sex with a man – we’ve blown each other, you know what I mean.  But never had sex.  So, yes, I have been with men before.”  This is kinda like hearing what the definition of “is” is.  He explains he’s only gone public with these sordid stories to help the children.  “I know there’s a lot of kids that look up to me and I just want to fucking get rid of that stigma of…you can be whoever you want to be, get with whoever you want to get with and it doesn’t affect you and it doesn’t affect them.”

Nude UK Bridge Builder

Our Ask Billy question comes from Oliver in London: “I know you must get a million questions asking you about different hot guys, but I don’t know who else to ask.  What do you know about Zac Smith who was just on The Bridge?  I hear he’s done some nude modeling – so I went to the master.”

Thanks, m8.  Even on the other side of the Pond, I am the Gossip King – as Sue O’Connell dubbed me on The Take (she’ll be on Tuesday’s Billy Masters LIVE, FYI).  The Bridge is a UK reality show where people have to build a bridge to get the prize money.  Not only does Zac model, he’s a stripper in the UK troupe Dreamboys.  Of course, nobody’s touring in quarantine…so I did the legwork for you.  Zac’s impressively built, and he’s impressively hung.  Although he is openly heterosexual, he’s quick to add, “My fan base is predominantly men so if anything Thank You!!”.  Whilst Zac, too, has an OnlyFans page, you can get a taste of him on BillyMasters.com.

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When I’m considering a trip to Puerto Vallarta to pick up some gay sex…and teeth, it’s definitely time to end yet another column.  You can keep up with the latest dish and drama on www.BillyMasters.com – the site that hasn’t lost its bite.  And, since Karamo isn’t interested, feel free to send whatever you’d like to me at Billy@BillyMasters.com, and I promise to get back to you before Ed Asner returns to Billy Masters LIVE (which will be soon – promise).  So, until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible

 

Estefan Coming Out Drama

Red tables are popping up everywhere.  Now Gloria Estefan’s got one and is doing her own Red Table Talk on Facebook.  I don’t know if she’s connected with Jada Pinkett Smith or not, but she had a good show last week.  On Red Table Talk: The Estefans, Gloria was joined by her daughter Emily and her niece Lili to discuss Emily’s coming out.  According to Emily, when she told her mother she might be gay, Gloria said, “If you tell your grandma and she dies, her blood is on your hands.”  Gloria defended herself by saying, “You’re remembering things, as we all do, in a different way.”  She explained how she was trying to protect both her daughter and her very old-fashioned, difficult, and ailing mother.  It was interesting to see how everyone could be right and wrong at the same time – and how they all came together.  It worked out for everyone – with the exception of Abuela, who died before Emily could tell her.  Rosie O’Donnell and Michelle Rodriguez also appeared.  Check it out.

Tricks or Treats

Given the ghoulish time, Elvira has risen from the dead.  This is, after all, the Mistress of the Dark’s busiest season – or is that the bustiest?  Either way, Elvira’s not happy with the restrictions on Halloween.  She’s expressed her ire in a little ditty called “Don’t Cancel Halloween”, which features the following inspired lyrics: “If they cancel Halloween, ‘cause we’re still in quarantine, it would make me so mad, it would suck, it would suck so bad!”  Do they give out special Grammys for Best Holiday Song?

A second-generation Hollywood star is joining the undead.  Emma Roberts (daughter of Eric and niece of Julia) is partnering with Netflix.  The series First Kill will be based on a short story by V.E. Schwab about a lesbian vampire trying to kill her way to the top.  Problems arise when she finds herself attracted to a gal who is a vampire hunter!  People are calling this The Gay Twilight.  Funny – I thought Twilight was the gay Twilight.

You know what happens to the supernatural when their careers die?  They end up naked and on the web.  Tyler Posey – formerly of Teen Wolf – is the latest to open an OnlyFans page.  It all started innocently enough cooking breakfast in the nude.  Now he’s showing the sausage.  Of course, we already have it on BillyMasters.com.

 

Billy Masters & Ed Asner

It has been a crappy week for your beloved Billy.  Throughout this pandemic, I have valiantly tried to remain upbeat.  But, I have been beaten down – thwarted.  That may sound melodramatic, but let me ask you this: how many of you came into this week with fewer teeth than you had the week before?  And let’s throw in a debacle before an international viewing audience.  Seconds after welcoming Ed Asner to Billy Masters LIVE…nothing.  Technical difficulties.  To add insult to injury, someone actually wrote this comment on that show: “Great to see an interview with a Hollywood legend like Ed Asner.”  Frankly, losing a tooth the next day was a step up.

The only thing I have to look forward to is this Tuesday’s Billy Masters LIVE, where I’ll be joined by Randy Roberts and the great Gloria Allred.  Yes, Gloria will tell me how bad things are, but she’ll also explain how we can turn things around.  And Randy will make me laugh – a closed-mouth laugh.  I can’t announce Thursday’s guests yet, but you should definitely tune in.  Watch us on Billy Masters TV on YouTube, or go to BillyMasters.com/TV.

 

Dylan Sprouse & His Daddy

Our Ask Billy question comes from Frank in Baltimore: “I heard about this movie with Dylan Sprouse playing an escort.  Where can I find it?”

Last week, the short film Daddy was released.  It features Ron Rifkin as an 80-year-old celebrating his first wedding anniversary as a widower…with a male prostitute!  The hooker is played by the lovely – and actually quite touching – Dylan Sprouse (of the famed Sprouse twins).  You’ll recall we previously brought you nude photos of Dylan.  Back to Daddy – the short was written and directed by Christian Coppola.  And before you ask, yes, he is perched on a distant branch of the Coppola family tree.  “I’m not close enough to get invited for Thanksgiving dinner,” he quipped.  As with the nudes, we’ll post the flick on BillyMasters.com.

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When my heart belongs to daddy’s boy, it’s definitely time to end yet another column.  There was one curious moment in Daddy.  A woman standing next to the twosome in an elevator says, “You and your daddy look very handsome tonight.”  With a 50-year gap between the two, I might have gone for “Grand Daddy”.  But you can decide for yourself when you see it on BillyMasters.com – the site that can fill any gap.  Of course, I’m always on hand should you need a hand…or a digit.  Drop a note to Billy@BillyMasters.com, and I promise to get get back to you before my autobiography drops.  Until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.

Award Shows Juggle Around

Meanwhile, the world of entertainment continues limping along.  You may be wondering what will happen to all those year-end blockbusters?  Many studios continue to bank on bringing these films to the public, and the folks at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences want to help them along.  As you probably know, the Oscars have been pushed from February to April 25th.  In the past, films needed to qualify by screening in a Los Angeles cinema three times a day for at least one week.  However, the Academy’s new rules allow films which are shown in cinemas OR drive-ins in LA, NYC, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami and Atlanta for a week.  In addition, films that had scheduled theatrical releases but were seen on a streaming service due to the pandemic also qualify.

Some members of the Academy are asking that the Oscars not take place at all.  The awards should still be given out.  But due to the pandemic, most believe a live ceremony cannot take place safely.  They also believe that doing a virtual event would tarnish the reputation of the Oscars.  Stay tuned.

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Remember the Tonys?  Of course you don’t – Broadway’s biggest night traditionally happens during June (coincidentally, gay pride month).  Meanwhile, we haven’t even had nominations from the truncated season.  That’s all about to change.  The Tony nominations will be announced live at 3PM Eastern on YouTube on October 15th.  Wait a second – that’s this Thursday.  Hopefully it’ll be done by 3PM so you can watch Billy Masters LIVE with Ed Asner!

As to the ceremony itself, God only knows.  Originally, it was supposed to air on CBS.  Here is the latest official statement: “The 74th Annual Tony Awards will take place digitally in fall 2020.”  Well, doesn’t that sound vague and unfulfilling!  It’s not like I haven’t had memorable moments digitally.  Frankly, it depends on the digits.

The latest on Broadway is that theatres will not open any earlier than May 30, 2021 – and the phrase “don’t hold your breath” springs to mind.  What would this mean for the 2021 Tonys, which would typically take place in June?  Perhaps whatever shows can open on one weekend will sweep the awards.  In light of these delays, it’s no surprise that the Hugh Jackman/Sutton Foster revival of The Music Man will now open on February 10, 2022.  And the new musical about Michael Jackson will bow sometime in September 2021.

Legends & Billy LIVE

Many legends have appeared on Billy Masters LIVE.  But I don’t think we’ve had anyone as legendary as Ed Asner.  I am thrilled to interview him on Thursday, October 15th, but I must confess that this plum booking basically fell into my lap.  I contacted a publicist of someone who I thought would be a good guest.  The publicist is no longer working with that person, but suggested Ed Asner – whose autobiography “Son of a Junkman” is an amazingly revealing read.  Before you could say “spunk”, Ed Asner was booked – and I’m frantically researching his fascinating life.  You never know what will happen on Billy Masters LIVE – 3PM Eastern every Tuesday and Thursday.  Check out Billy Masters TV on YouTube, or go to BillyMasters.com/TV.

Speaking of spunk, Tuesday’s show will feature writer, musician, and performer David Pevsner, who is celebrating the filmed version of Musical Comedy Whore.  In this one-man show, he recounts his career on Broadway, on the road, and on many men who paid for his affections…or at the very least, his attentions.  It’s an illuminating and entertaining story from someone who isn’t afraid to tell all – and sell it on Amazon.

Candidate’s Porn Past

I wasn’t following the race for New Mexico’s House of Representatives until I found out one of the candidates did gay porn!  Roger Montoya is a Democratic candidate – and let me pause to say how refreshing it is to have gay porn done by a Democrat.  A conservative blogger reported that Montoya’s “work” was done under the names Joe Savage and Eric Martinez (you can view his work on BillyMasters.com).  In another refreshing first for a political porn sex scandal, Montoya is openly gay.  He was also recognized as one of 10 CNN Heroes in 2019 for his work on anti-violence and HIV education programs.  By the by, he is also openly HIV-positive.  Roger admitted that he did two films to support himself as a young modern dancer in Los Angeles.  “Those experiences do not reflect who I am, and they are insignificant in the scope of my life’s work, yet they helped inspire my dedication to my community and the work I do to make sure that youth have opportunities, support and confidence.”

From News to Nudes

Our Ask Billy question comes from Daniel in Texas: “Did you hear that our former weatherman, Stephen Decatur, is now doing gay porn?  I remember thinking he was so dreamy.”

I vaguely remember hearing about Decatur abruptly leaving ABC’s affiliate in El Paso after only six months.  I seem to recall him go-go dancing in gay bars.  I think he even had one of those personal porn sites.  Last year, he joined forces with the formidable Falcon Studios and was rechristened Steven Lee.  He’s got a rockin’ body, a hot, hard (and impressive) dick, and appears to know what to do with it – as you’ll see on BillyMasters.com.

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When the subject of an Ask Billy question could be a future guest on Billy Masters LIVE, it’s definitely time to end yet another column.  You’d think after close to two hours with Loni Anderson, there wouldn’t be anything left to say.  And yet, there’s oodles of content on BillyMasters.com – the site that’s got loads to share.  If you’d like me to prove that, drop a note to Billy@BillyMasters.com, and I promise to get back to you before we film the seaside sequel to Schindler’s List.  So, until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.

 

Bon(m)ers in the Band

I was interested to hear that Jim Parsons and his husband both had the coronavirus back in March.  Jim made the revelation on The Tonight Show, where he was promoting the film remake of The Boys in the Band.  The Netflix production features the full cast from the recent Broadway run.  While it’s great to capture that company on video, it is a pale reproduction of what worked far more effortlessly on stage.  There were some odd moments – like why the string of terrace lights didn’t short out in the rain, or why a hustler who charges only $20 for the night would throw his cowboy hat off the balcony.  And leave it to Ryan Murphy to hit us over the head with a metaphor.  When the storm kicks up and the party moves indoors, they quite literally leave the cake out in the rain!  At least there is some nudity to distract us, courtesy of Andrew Rannells in a flashback with Matt Bomer.  More fulfilling was the sight of Bomer’s slightly fluffed boner.  Those of you who are Netflix-free can see all on BillyMasters.com.

Laughing with Loni

“I’ve heard about an immaculate conception in another book –
and I didn’t believe that, either.”
  
Billy Masters’ response to Loni Anderson’s assertion that she got pregnant without having intercourse. 
Hear the whole story on Billy Masters LIVE.

 

Over the past six months or so, we’ve had some fabulous guests on Billy Masters LIVE.  But last week’s show with Loni Anderson has to be one of the most memorable.  The legendary lady was open, honest, and a barrel of laughs.  The episode is packed with stories about her career, romances, marriages, and becoming a gay icon.  You can watch every entertaining minute on our YouTube channel of Billy Masters TV , or by going to our website of BillyMasters.com and clicking on TV.  Or by subscribing to our brand-new podcast, Billy Masters LIVE.

This week’s shows will be filled with some of my favorite people.  On Tuesday, comedians Christopher Titus and Rachel Bradley join me to share some secrets from the road – including a run-in with actual white supremacists!  And on Thursday, I’ll sit down with John McDaniel to talk about everything from The Rosie O’Donnell Show to his new musical Sticks and Stones. Billy Masters LIVE – where the stars play by day.

Deadly Debate

If there’s one thing you can count on before a presidential election, it’s the dreaded October Surprise.  And, let’s face it, the entire West Wing being infected with the coronavirus is one helluva surprise!  I am going to ask you all to do something that you won’t want to do – please say a prayer for the health of our president.  In truth, I am not completely convinced El Presidente actually has the coronavirus.  But dying or being too sick to run is an elegant way to bow out of an election he’d likely lose.  Or perhaps poor Melania will expire, and the president will be too overtaken with grief to go on.  Whatever the scenario is, I suggest that both Mr. and Mrs. Trump sleep with one eye open.  Because who gets the most out of Trump bowing out?  Mike Pence, who becomes the nominee.  And in that scenario, everyone who was going to vote for Trump will vote for Pence.  Every Republican Trump pissed off who was going to sit out the election will vote for Pence.  All those Undecideds will vote for Pence.  Even conservative Democrats will vote for Pence.  And you know what happens during a Pence presidency?  Let me give you a hint – pack a Speedo and copious amounts of sunscreen, because all us gays are gonna be carted off to an island.

You might be surprised to see Eric Trump on that island.  Yes, the intellectually challenged spawn of our Commander in Chief came out on FOX & Friends.  Here is the direct quote: “The LGBT community, they are incredible.  And you should see how they come out in full force for my father every single day.  I’m part of that community, and we love the man.”  Shortly thereafter, Eric had to issue a retraction saying that he isn’t technically a member of the community.  “To clarify, many of our close friends are part of the LGBT community, which was the intent of my statement…As to me personally, as I think you know, I am a happily married man to my wife, Lara.”  And gays everywhere let out a sigh of relief.

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The last person you’d expect to be dragged into all of this is Queen Elizabeth II.  My God, can’t they leave that poor old woman alone?  It all started when Prince Harry and Meghan released a video many feel endorses Joe Biden.  Harry said, “As we approach this November, it’s vital that we reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity”.  Sure sounds like he’s describing Trump, although it should be noted that neither candidate is named.  The problem with this is two-fold: 1) the royal family is supposed to be apolitical and b) Harry and Meghan are no longer technically royals.  The UK tabloids say the Queen should punish Harry and Meghan – as if throwing them out of the country wasn’t enough.  Don’t be so quick to believe British press.  One rag insists Harry asked QEII to move in with them.  Yeah, Lizzie is leaving Buckingham Palace to stay in Harry’s spare bedroom over the garage!

Totally Broadway Bare

Our Ask Billy question comes from Jasper in Maine: “Someone sent me these nude photos of a guy who has been on Broadway.  Do you know who he is?”

Fans around the globe constantly ask me to identify nude photos.  Jasper sent me several pics which I easily IDed as Taylor Collins.  But, let me correct him – Taylor isn’t technically a Broadway performer.  To date, he has not appeared on the Great White Way.  He and his fantastic physique have, however, turned up in Chicago – the musical, not the city (although it was a national tour, so perhaps both).  Thus far, Broadway has eluded him.  Taylor has, however, made up for this large gaping hole in his resume by filling other gaping holes – and having some filled.  He and his beau, Alessio Vega, have appeared in…well, to call them “art films” isn’t exactly correct.  Let’s just say there’s a plethora of footage – some of the couple alone, one with Max Konnor, and one where the couple is joined by another twosome.  These bits of celluloid and a variety of photos await you on BillyMasters.com.

Every Inch of Love Island

Weeks ago I wondered whether I should watch Love Island.  I didn’t bother, but turns out that one of the guys on the show actually appeared in gay porn.  Apparently, Noah Purvis (I slept with a Walter Purvis – I wonder if they’re related) previously worked for Corbin Fisher under the name “Ethan”.  Someone figured out “Ethan” and Noah were one and the same, and, poof, Purvis disappeared from the island.  CBS issued the following statement: “It has been brought to our attention that cast member Noah Purvis provided false information on his application to ‘Love Island’, which violates his contestant agreement.  He has been removed from the show.”  Noah hasn’t addressed the situation directly, but he did post the following on Instagram: “OHANA means family.  FAMILY means no one gets left behind or forgotten.  All of you out here have made me feel this and I can’t express how loved I feel for the first time in my life.”  If you’d like to see how he made love with other men, check out BillyMasters.com.

Billy & Loni – LIVE

After all these months of doing Billy Masters LIVE every Tuesday and Thursday at 3PM Eastern / Noon Pacific, I thought I’d heard it all.  Until this Tuesday, when I welcome Loni Anderson!  I’ve got TONS of things to ask her about – starting with playing Mariska Hargitay’s mother, Pamela Anderson’s mother, and Tori Spelling’s mother!  She’s played a lot of mothers – including the mother of a gay son in My Sister is So Gay.  This’ll be a REALLY dishy show.  Tune into Billy Masters TV on YouTube or Faceboook, or just go to BillyMasters.com/TV.

Who’s Cheering Now

I must confess – I haven’t watched the Netflix documentary series Cheer.  I don’t care one iota about leaders of cheers.  However, you tell me a male cheerleader is soliciting sex from 14-year-old boys, and you’ve piqued my interest.  Allegedly, 21-year-old Jerry Harris has been accused of sending sexually explicit messages and asking for nude photos from not one but two 14-year-old boys – the fact that they are twins only adds to the tawdriness.  The FBI believes that there are more victims out there, so stay tuned.

Two and a Half Hottie

This week’s Ask Billy question comes from Ashley in Kansas City: “I was watching Two and a Half Men and thought Jake’s friend Eldridge was so cute.  Whatever happened to him?”

You have a good eye, Ashley (who is of undetermined gender).  Eldridge was played by Graham Patrick Martin, who had good bone structure and a great head of hair.  He later turned up on The Closer and Major Crimes as Rusty, a teenage hustler.  Although straight in real life, he enjoys most of his same-sex scenes – with one exception.  “What took me back was that I’d never felt a beard on my face.  I said, ‘Bro, if you don’t shave that thing, I’m making sure they never write a kissing scene for us again!’”  That would be a shame, since Graham has grown up to be quite a looker – who is not afraid to show some skin, as you can see on BillyMasters.com.

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When half a man is better than no man at all, it’s definitely time to end yet another column.  I don’t typically settle for less than two men at a time…but there’s a pandemic going on.  Thank God for BillyMasters.com – the site that always has some spare studs hanging around.  If you’re hung and horny, write to Billy@BillyMasters.com, and I promise to get back to you before the Supreme Court vacancy is filled by Judge Judy!  So, until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.

Celebrating Golden Girls

You know where you can count on hilarity?  On Billy Masters LIVE.  We started these twice-weekly shows to keep you entertained during the pandemic.  And we just hit a milestone – our 50th episode!  For this special show, we celebrated the 35th anniversary of The Golden Girls.  Our guests were Jim Colucci (author of Golden Girls Forever), Stan Zimmerman (writer from season one of the series), Frank DeCaro (writer, comedian, and Jim Colucci’s husband), and Dr. Melinda McClanahan – esteemed academic, researcher, and sister of Rue McClanahan!  Viewers chimed in from around the world.  You can check out all of our shows on Billy Masters TV on YouTube, or on BillyMasters.com/TV.  We’re live every Tuesday and Thursday at 3PM Eastern.

This week, we’re gonna try something a little different.  On Tabloid Tuesday, I’ll go through the rags and tell you which ones you should read, which ones you should skip, and the truth behind some of the more salacious stories.  I’m encouraging people to join in and ask anything they want.  Let’s see how interactive we can get.

Emmys Go Virtual

Obviously I can hold my own with political pundits.  During this pandemic, I’ve been holding my own more than usual…but that’s another story.  If this were a normal September, I’d be in Hollywood, filing this report from the Emmys.  But this is no usual September, and the Emmys took place virtually.  During the endless Creative Arts Emmys, Queer Eye won outstanding structured reality show for the third year in a row, while RuPaul was once again crowned best host for RuPaul’s Drag Race.  After imploring people to get out and vote, she dedicated her fifth win to the late Chi Chi DeVayne.  BTW, Drag Race also won outstanding competition series.

The Primetime Emmy Awards were hosted by Jimmy Kimmel – and I enjoy any show that kicks off by almost being burned to the ground by Jennifer Aniston.  Obviously it was a Schitt’s Creek sweep – which is a perfect allegory for these times.  I must single out sexy Andrew Cividino, who may possibly be a little person, and who shared his Emmy with Daniel Levy, who was wearing a skirt.  Speaking of outfits, did you notice that 73-year-old Eugene Levy was wearing skinny pants?  And was rockin’ them.  Kudos to Tracee Ellis Ross for paying tribute to her mother’s 1971 ABC special by wearing all of Miss Ross’ 17 costumes simultaneously.

 

Rest In Peace, RBG

“My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”  
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as said to her granddaughter Clara Spera.

I am most certainly no politico.  But I am an innately curious person.  Remember when Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died nine months before the 2016 election?  Mitch McConnell blocked hearings for a replacement, saying, “The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court justice.  Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.”  Do you know where McConnell got that idea?  Joe Biden!  Way back in 1992, Senator Biden asserted that if a Supreme Court Justice died while George H.W. Bush was president, the seat should remain vacant until after the election, or the Republican president should nominate a moderate to placate the Democratic Senate.  McConnell cited the so-called “Biden Rule”, and I can’t see why it shouldn’t be employed again right now.

 

Aaron Carter’s Honey Pot

One of my proofreaders claims this week’s Ask Billy question: “I heard that Aaron Carter jerked off to completion on his OnlyFans.  Do you have any video or images of this momentous occasion?”

First, let me correct you – it wasn’t on his OnlyFans page; it was on his CamSoda page.  The difference?  No idea.  What did he do in the video?  He took a shower; he showed off his stuffed animals; he peeled a banana with his feet; he played guitar; fingered some honey (that is not a euphemism); and he did indeed jerk off to completion.  And, yes, some titillating highlights can be seen on BillyMasters.com.

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When we’re bringing you both a peeled and unpeeled penis, it’s definitely time to end yet another column.  As I’ve said so often during these quarantined days – any penis in a storm.  If you have other needs that need filling, head to BillyMasters.com – the site that always satisfies.  Should you require more personal attention, I happen to have some time on my hands.  Reach out to Billy@BillyMasters.com, and I promise to get back to you before I finger some honey (that IS a euphemism).  Until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.

Chris Evans’ Cell Slip

As we were going to press, Chris Evans’ penis was wreaking havoc.  It was a shocking moment.  On his Instagram account, Evans shared a video hanging out with a group of friends playing a game called, ironically enough, “Heads Up!”  At the end of the video, the screen froze on a page showing thumbnails from his camera roll.  And there, amongst other images of the actor, was a close-up of a penis.  While I feel it’s déclassé to discuss a semi-erect phallus, let’s simply say it makes up in girth what it may lack in length.  Some people claim – rightfully so – that we have no idea who the disembodied penis belongs to.  But riddle me this – why would Chris Evans have a photo of someone else’s penis on his cell phone?  Since an image is worth a thousand words, check out BillyMasters.com.

Spacey’s Latest Suit

Then there are some old subjects still rattling around.  One of those is Kevin Spacey.  You may recall his fall from grace happened shortly after he hosted the Tony Awards on June 11, 2017.  Within months, Anthony Rapp revealed that when he was 14 years old, he was a target of unwanted sexual advances from Kevin.  That’s when Spacey’s house of cards began to tumble.  He was fired from most jobs, written out of others, and young men came forward with claims that led to court proceedings.  The latest lawsuit comes from Rapp and an anonymous claimant.  Since Anthony’s incident has been well documented, we’ll focus on the heretofore unidentified male – who was also 14 years old at the time.  The tyke (known as CD) claims that Spacey engaged in sexual acts “including, but not limited to, the infant plaintiff performing anal intercourse on defendant Spacey and oral sex.”

Ellen Cleans Up To Return

I suspect everyone will be watching Ellen DeGeneres on September 21st.  That’s when she’ll return to her studio on the Warner lot…sans audience.  “I can’t wait to get back to work and back to our studio.  And, yes, we’re gonna talk about it,” alluding to reports that her show was a “toxic workplace” – a scandal which culminated in the firing of three senior producers.  How much she’ll say remains to be seen.

Alas, the bad news keeps coming.  One of Ellen’s former housekeepers spoke to the Daily Mail and has quite a tale to tell.  “Before I took the position, people were warning me not to take it.  I was told she had a very high turnover and that I should stay under the radar as much as possible, avoid as much direct contact with Ellen as possible.  Working there was described as being more like a boot camp.”  The maid also claims DeGeneres would do sneaky things – like leave stray matchsticks behind doors or under cushions to ensure things were being cleaned regularly.  When you polish the floor, you have to move the tree.  If you can’t do something right, don’t do it at all!

 

Very Close Twins

Our Ask Billy question really stumped me.  Trent in Los Angeles asked, “What do you know about the Hortoneda Twins?  Are they really twins?  Posing like that?”

I’m almost embarrassed to tell you that my quick answers are: no, I don’t know, and I don’t know.  But, if anyone can get to the bottom of homoerotic twins, it’s Billy Masters.  I made some calls, made good use of my foreign tongue, and learned that Cesar and Juan Hortoneda are indeed Italian twins – although I find their names somewhat un-Italian.  They have modeled for photographers like Bruce Weber and Mario Testino – and they haven’t filed any charges, which is always a pleasant surprise.  In most of their pics, they appear to be doused in all of the olive oil in Calabria.  But since it helps show off their ripped physiques, I’m OK with it.  Check them out on BillyMasters.com.

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When the only extra virgin in sight is the olive oil, it’s definitely time to end yet another column.  Have I mentioned that the fall is approaching?  With the ever-creeping chill in the air, I urge you to check out BillyMasters.com – the site that keeps things hot every day of the year.  If you need my personal attention, drop a note to Billy@BillyMasters.com, and I promise to get back to you before I find out what you label me!  So, until next time, remember, man’s filth is another man’s bible.

Fabulous Facinelli

I enjoy a straight guy comfortable enough to slip into a tutu every now and again.  So I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Channing Tatum dolled up as a princess.  He explained, “Guys, I don’t know about you but things got a little weird for me in quarantine.  I ended up accidentally locking myself in my 7 year old daughter’s room.  And I ended up finding my inner child.  So this is what I created for my little girl.  From what is, I guess, the little girl in me.  Thanks for reading.”  And he added the hashtag Sparkella.  You can check out the pic on his social media avenues, or on BillyMasters.com.

Between the pandemic and my life-threatening surgery, I gained what is referred to as the “Covid 19”.  Yes, exactly 19 pounds, which on my slight frame was quite significant.  I didn’t notice it for months – likely because I was recuperating in elastic waist pants (as usual, I went through tops at an alarming rate).  Once I discovered this unwelcomed mass living inside of me, I started daily road work and watched my carb intake.  I’ve lost 15 of those pesky pounds, but I didn’t end up looking like Peter Facinelli – who inexplicably dropped 30 pounds from his toned torso.  Unlike moi – who usually shows off in select groups no more than a baker’s dozen – Facinelli posted his results on Instagram…while promoting Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.  Once you see what he looks like on our website, I’m sure you’d let him to do whatever he’d like to your prostate. 

Marvelous Marilyn Maye

I’ve already told you about last week on Billy Masters LIVE.  Our guest this Tuesday, September 8th is the marvelous Marilyn Maye!  I recently zipped down to Provincetown to spend time with Auntie Marilyn, who sold out all five shows at the Crown & Anchor.  While there, we sat down to dish, laugh, reminisce, and just play.  Not only will you get to eavesdrop on our conversation, you’ll see some footage of her in action.  To join in the fun, check out our YouTube channel, Billy Masters TV, or just go to BillyMasters.com/TV.

Daytime Talk Drama

I prefer the label “omnipotent”, which is someone with unlimited power.  I told you months ago that Sara Haines would return to The View.  Now it’s official.  When the show begins season 24 this week, Haines will be there.  As to Meghan McCain, her baby is due in November.  But she’d like to work up until the election.  I predict a very special episode of The View during which Meghan will give birth on the air…assisted by her doula, Joy Behar!

My powers must have been on the fritz when it came to The Talk.  After only a single year, Marie Osmond is history.  In true daytime fashion, nobody is pointing fingers.  CBS said, “Marie is a consummate professional, and we thank her for sharing her personal experiences, insight, as well as incredible talents, with our audience.”  Marie said something about wanting to spend more time with her husband, kids, and grandkids.  Sharon Osbourne probably said, “Marie who?”  Which I believe is her version of, “She’s welcomed back any time.”

Posey’s Sausage

Our Ask Billy question was about another photo.  Kevin in Denver wrote, “Did you see the pics of Tyler Posey frying sausage in the nude?  He is just so dreamy.”

He is dreamy, but also a big-ole tease.  I mean, he didn’t really show anything – certainly not any sausage!  Once again, I got thinking – didn’t we have a story like this before?  So I went and checked the definitive site for celebrity nudes – BillyMasters.com.  And there was Tyler…pleasuring himself during a video call.  If I didn’t see it, I wouldn’t believe it.  I’ll re-post it for your viewing pleasure.

Efron Takes a Leak

When Zac Efron’s little brother Dylan pulled to the side of a road to pee, someone took a photo.  This is fortuitous since he lowered his shorts all the way.  However, the locale appears to be pretty deserted, which makes me think it was an inside job – as in inside his own car.  Posed or not, I’ll post it on BillyMasters.com.

The Fall of Falwell

Then there’s Jerry Falwell Jr.  I prepared a report on his unzipped escapade weeks ago, but thought “Who cares?”  Apparently people cared.  On Instagram, he posted a photo from his yacht with a scantily clad woman – a woman who was not his wife.  And let’s not even mention Jerry’s unzipped jeans peeking out below his protruding paunch.  He deleted the pic, but not before others saved it and reposted it.  Shortly thereafter, the Executive Committee of Liberty University’s Board of Trustees “requested that Jerry Falwell, Jr. take an indefinite leave of absence from his roles as President and Chancellor of Liberty University.”  BTW, it was a paid leave of absence.

And yet, they didn’t have a problem with last year’s story about the pool boy – if anybody 29 years of age can be called a boy anywhere other than on a hookup app.  That story came from Michael Cohen…of golden showers fame.  He claimed that someone was trying to extort money out of the Falwells with a photo that he said would “typically be kept between a husband and wife”.  However, Falwell claimed that the $1.8 million he gave the aquatic Giancarlo Granda was a loan to help him start a gay-friendly youth hostel in Miami Beach – and we know how gay-friendly youths can be (when they’re not being hostile).

A year ago, speculation ran rampant that Jerry Jr. had an affair with the pool boy.  Now it’s being claimed that the tyke had an eight-year affair with Mrs. Falwell and that Mr. Falwell liked to “watch”.  Jerry says, “Becki had an inappropriate personal relationship with this person, something in which I was not involved.”  Becki also asserts that her husband never watched.  But, I noticed something odd.  In his statement, Mr. Falwell says that he and his wife “forgave each other”.  What did Mrs. Falwell have to forgive Mr. Falwell for?  Hmm.  Becki’s list of sins continues to grow.  It’s now being alleged that she performed oral sex on one of her son’s friends after band practice.  Oh, did I mention they were both students at Liberty University?  Falwell has resigned from the institute of higher learning because he doesn’t want his wife’s bad behavior to sully the school’s reputation.  Fret not – he’ll leave with a $10.5 million severance package.  For that price, I’d do whatever he wants me to do with his package!!

 

Peevish Politicos

Are we really living in a world where we accuse the president’s son of being high on cocaine during a convention speech?  I thought the world hit a low when they went after Chelsea Clinton…to say nothing of Amy Carter or the Bush girls.  And does the son of a president have to actually say, “No, I was not high on cocaine” in a national television interview?  I guess in this Trumpian age, the answer is yes.  Whatever happened to class?

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You’d be excused if you confused the Republican National Convention with a bus and truck tour of Evita given the high-pitched yelling and arm gesturing.  But where was Scott Baio?  He spoke at the 2016 RNC, but where was he this year?  He appeared at some rallies and the Freedom First Network symposium after the convention ended.  At that event, he proclaimed that the coronavirus is all a lie – ‘cause Chachi knows!  It’s been a pretty dismal summer for Scott.  He was supposed to be filming Courting Mom & Dad with Kristy Swanson…which sounds positively dreadful.  That was shut down by SAG-AFTRA for not following regulations in regard to child actors AND for not following Covid-19 rules.  Well, because of course there is no pandemic!

When we last checked in with beleaguered Massachusetts congressional candidate Alex Morse, he was being accused of having sex with students in the college where he worked.  The openly gay Morse admitted that he had had sex with some students – but it was all consensual.  What’s more, all of the partners backed him up – which means all of that backing up was indeed consensual.  In some good news, he just got an endorsement from rising star, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  Suddenly, life is looking a bit brighter for Morse.

Lil Nas X’s Calvins

Our Ask Billy question comes from Oscar in Santa Cruz:  “Did I hear Lil Nas X is doing another CK underwear shoot?  How much will he show?  He’s so hawt.”

I have the photos from the poolside shoot.  If you are a fan of Lil Nas X, you’ll enjoy them.  Of course, why let Calvins come between you and the singer when you can see every inch of him in action on BillyMasters.com.

Boys in the Band

Ryan Murphy’s film remake of The Boys in the Band will hit Netflix on September 30th.  This is based on the 2018 Broadway production and that entire cast is back – Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, Tuc Watkins, Robin de Jesus, Brian Hutchison, Michael Benjamin Washington, and Charlie Carver.  We hear that the film will include at least a bit of nudity – specifically Matt Bomer’s shower scene at the top of the show, and Tuc and Rannells’ sex scene at the bottom.  Of course, if you read this column faithfully, you know that some footage from the Bway production can be seen on BillyMasters.com.

Billy Masters Reunions

To maneuver these crazy days, one needs a steady hand.  And that’s what we deliver on Billy Masters LIVE – every Tuesday and Thursday at 3PM Eastern / Noon Pacific.  This week’s guests are author Christopher Rice on Tuesday and Funny Gay Males on Thursday.  Last week featured two huge episodes.  On Tuesday, we paid tribute to Naked Boys Singing! – the musical review which started in 1998 as a way to keep West Hollywood’s Celebration Theatre afloat.  Former artistic director Bob Schrock joined composers David Pevsner and Mark Winkler, choreographer Travis Payne, publicity guru Ken Werther, and original stars Brian Beacock and Tod Macofsky for a trip down memory lane.  Check it out on YouTube.com/BillyMastersTV.

On Thursday, we had a first – Nikki Blonsky, Tracy in the film adaptation of the musical Hairspray, alongside the Link of the television version, Garrett Clayton.  And what an amazing show it was.  The two of them had never even met before – but both were fans of the other.  We also discussed Nikki’s coming out video, and the YouTube channel Garrett started with his fiancé Blake called A Gay in the Life.  Since the show made its Broadway bow 18 years ago last week, we had to do something special.  In addition to having stars of the film and TV version, we were joined by Linda Hart (the original Velma on Broadway), Bruce Vilanch (original Edna for the National Tour and a Broadway replacement), Chester Gregory (replacement Seaweed on Broadway and National Tour), Charlo Crossley (original Motormouth Mable for the National Tour), and the marvelous Marc Shaiman – composer and co-lyricist.  We even did a scene from the show – with me again playing Penny (for obvious reasons) as well as Amber…because if someone was gonna play Garrett Clayton’s love interest, it was gonna be me.  It was a VERY special episode, which you can watch (along with all our shows) on BillyMasters.com/TV.

Postmaster Cher

With all of the issues surrounding the USPS, let me say that I have experienced no delays in mail coming from my Beverly Hills address to my parents’ home in a Boston suburb.  In fact, the mail I got last week (complete with two rare Lindsay Wagner DVDs from a devoted fan named Kim) got to me in 48 hours!  However, people are still concerned – especially with the potential for millions of mail-in ballots being “lost”.  So, naturally, Cher sprung to action.  Well, “sprung” is probably not the right term – I don’t picture Cher springing into anything.  But she did manage to pick up her phone and call her local post office in Malibu.  Why?  I’ll let her tell it in her charming Twitter speak:  “OK,Called 2 post offices In Malibu. They were polite. I Said “Hi This Is Cher, & I Would like to know If you ever take Volunteers. Lady Said She Didn’t Know & Gave Me # Of Supervisor. I Called & Said Hi This is Cher Do U Accept volunteers.  ‘NO, Need Fingerprints & Background Check’”  If Cher is working the counter of any USPS, I’d go in just to buy a few Forever stamps!

UK Twink Grows Up

Our Ask Billy question comes from Randy in London:  “Cheers from the UK.  Big fan.  What has Mitch Hewer been up to?  It’s been a minute.  One doesn’t hear much of him anymore, but he was my guilty pleasure.”

Mine as well, M8.  For those of you who are not Anglophiles, Hewer was one of those bleached blonde twink types who appeared on such UK shows as Britannia High.  He was even a stripper in the Take That musical, Never Forget.  I don’t believe he’s done anything since leaving Casualty – at least nothing of note.  While he is said to be heterosexual, it bears mentioning that he has played gay…such as on Skins.  And we happen to have a video where he shows quite a bit of skin.  Let’s just say even the Yanks will enjoy it…if you catch my drift.  You can get some more visual clues on BillyMasters.com.

Ptown Summer Shows

Pandemic or not, Billy Masters stays away from Provincetown for no man.  As it turns out, that’s exactly how many men I had – because, you know, there’s a pandemic going on.  I did get to see some incredible shows – and it’s simply coincidental that all of these artists have appeared on Billy Masters LIVE (I’m not risking life and limb to see Vicki Lawrence Schultz).  Every Wednesday night at The Crown and Anchor, Edmund Bagnell (of Well-Strung) is doing his solo show He Plays the Violin – and play it he does!  And his voice is as sweet as ever.

Then I got a taste of Varla Jean Merman and Judy Gold in The Varla and Judy Show.  My God, I laughed more than I have since…well, since March 13th!  The two play off each other brilliantly, singing, dancing (well, kinda dancing), and telling stories that would make a nun blush – were a nun foolish enough to be in Ptown… during a pandemic…to see a lesbian…and a drag queen.  The only downside to that show is you want more.

And more you get if you go to Varla’s solo show, Super Spreader.  Take it from someone who knows – it’s hard to make fun of a pandemic…especially while it’s going on.  But Varla manages to walk that tightrope with one of the most creative shows ever that’ll make you laugh – and, perhaps, think.  Make no mistake: these performers are all at the peak of their profession, and Ptown is lucky to have them…thanks to The Crown.  Since every show so far has sold out, grab your tickets quickly at OnlyAtTheCrown.com.

Meanwhile at the Pilgrim House, Branden and James spent a week doing their Lady Gaga tribute show.  I must confess – I am not the biggest Gaga devotee.  No offense, but I prefer my meat hanging from my men.  That said, Gaga’s got terrific songs (even the derivative ones), and this duo performs them wonderfully.  In addition to his angelic voice, Branden is also a good pianist.  And as great a cellist as James is, he sings, too.  They are in residence until October at The Front Porch in Ogunquit.  Details can be found at TheFrontPorch.com.

HUGE Billy Masters News

I’m calling this Reunion Week on Billy Masters LIVE, but that’s kind of a misnomer.  I don’t believe these particular groupings have ever been assembled before.  On Tuesday, August 18th, we pay tribute to the long-running musical review Naked Boys Singing – including members of the original creative team and cast.  And on Thursday…well, even I can’t believe it.  Our special Hairspray show will include the Tracy from the movie musical, Nikki Blonsky, and the Link from TV, Garrett Clayton.  We’ll also have some special guests connected with the show.  Stay tuned for a BIG surprise or two.  Yes, summer sizzles on Billy Masters TV – on YouTube.

Our shows last week kicked off with the dynamic Lena Hall, who you’ll remember from Hedwig and the Angry Inch.  I knew she was wildly talented, but I didn’t know she was hysterically funny and smart as a whip.  Speaking of smart, talented and funny, Fran Drescher returned to the show on Thursday to talk about her documentary on REELZ, her rescue dog, and even introduce us to the workmen at her home – much to the delight of her worldwide fans who were commenting like crazy.  Then, Broadway leading man Max von Essen discussed his livestream concert (which you can see on BroadwayWorld.com).  The icing on the cake was the appearance of Max’s Falsettos co-star, Nick Adams.  It was a lovefest all around, as you can see on BillyMasters.com/TV.

Major Marvel Madness

In news from the Marvel Universe, Wiccan and Hulkling, members of the Young Avengers, got married.  While Marvel has celebrated same-sex weddings before (most notably, the June 20, 2012 nuptials of Northstar and Kyle), this was a first…this pair scurried off and had a quickie Vegas ceremony.  How kitschy!  It may have been spontaneous, but the boys have been courting since 2005.

Speaking of Marvel, the company has secured permission to use the X-Men in their Marvel Cinematic Universe.  And our very own Colton Haynes has a new goal in life – to play Iceman!  According to insiders, Shia LeBeouf has already been approached, but that isn’t stopping Colton from taking his case to social media.

Harington’s Kit Search

Our Ask Billy question comes from Tim in Detroit: “Did you see those photos of Kit Harington?  WTF?”

For those of you who aren’t in the know, the Game of Thrones star was snapped walking down the streets of London with his right arm down his pant leg.  From the series of snaps, many have speculated that Kit was simply adjusting his dick – which we’ve all done from time to time.  But his arm is so deep down there, I think he might have been trying to flatten some boxers.  Unless his dick is REALLY long.  I guess you’ll have to check out BillyMasters.com and decide for yourself.

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When we’re running longer than Kit’s kit, it’s definitely time to end another column.  Speaking of long, this month we are celebrating 25 years of writing this column.  In some ways, it’s even more fun today.  Believe it or not, back then I had to fax the column every week to some of my papers.  And a few got theirs via snail mail – talk about timely!  But now, I can interact with you almost immediately on BillyMasters.com – the site that always delivers.  I can even talk to you face-to-face via Billy Masters LIVE, which you can find on our YouTube channel, Billy Masters TV.  Should you need more of me (allowing for social distancing), write to Billy@BillyMasters.com, and I promise to get back to you after I find the answer in my pants!  So, until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.

 

Revelations on #BMLive

What a week we had on Billy Masters LIVE.  Tuesday kicked off with the outrageous Judy Gold – whose book, Yes, I Can Say That, is not only hilarious but also brilliant.  It is a perfect book to read in these times of social media outrage and political correctness (I heartily recommend the audiobook, which Judy reads).  We were joined by Wilson Cruz.  To say I’d wait a lifetime for Wilson is an understatement.  We talked about our long friendship – complete with many heretofore unseen photos of him in various forms of undress.  He was thoughtful, witty, sincere, and dishy.  Everything I’d want in a boyfriend…er, I mean a guest!  Definitely worth checking out.

On Thursday, Provincetown during a pandemic was the topic.  We started off with Edmund Bagnell – who you may know from Well-Strung.  He is currently doing a solo show at the Crown & Anchor.  Also at the Crown is Varla Jean Merman, who popped in (out of drag) to discuss the challenges of laughing at the coronavirus.  It was a perfect way to end the week.  You can see all of our shows on BillyMasters.com/TV or on our YouTube channel, Billy Masters TV.

Regis on Ripa on Regis

I admit it – I got caught up in the tributes to Regis Philbin.  Then I started watching interviews he gave.  In a sit-down with Larry King, Regis made a staggering confession when asked, “Do you keep in touch with Kelly Ripa?”  “Not really, no.  Never once did they ask me to go back…She got very offended when I left.  She thought I was leaving because of her.  I was leaving because I was getting older and it wasn’t right for me anymore.”  Larry pressed – has Regis heard from her?  “Never have.”  Counter that with all the tributes Kelly has shown up on…inconsolable.  Not all is as it seems.  Think about that when you judge Ellen.

Moving on to something far more important – the Rockettes have cancelled their annual Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall.  When the Rockettes are worried about kicking off, we’re doomed.

Stars Weigh In On Ellen

Pandemic or not, August is typically the slowest time in entertainment – at least in terms of consumption.  When I cannot watch The View shortly after waking, I feel out of step with the world.  And when I cannot watch The Talk shortly after breakfast, I know it’s August.  And yet, in the midst of this wasteland, television news continues to be generated – whether it is speculation on if Meghan McCain will return to The View after her baby is born (she claims she will), whether Sara Haines will return to The View since her GMA offshoot has been cancelled, and what will happen to Michael Strahan…and his lisp?

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The controversy surrounding Ellen DeGeneres continues to swirl out of control.  I have one overall thought: no performer is paid to be nice.  Nice is something manufactured by the media, which I suppose I am a part of.  I’ve had limited interaction with DeGeneres.  While there is a small handful of people who have pointedly refused to be pleasant (Halle Berry, Heidi Klum, and Geena Davis come to mind), Ellen has always been solicitous.  However, a friend of mine is quick to point out that when I brought him to a taping of her show, all we got as a giveaway was a coupon for a Marie Callender’s pot pie!  I must correct him – I believe we were also given a Liz Phair CD.

In addition to my dubious endorsement, several celebs have also weighed in.  We already know that Brad Garrett and Lea Thompson concur that the “nice” moniker is far from accurate.  Someone joining their ranks is Ellen’s former DJ, Tony Okungbowa.  “I have been getting calls asking me about the Ellen Degeneres Show and I would like to address the time I spent there.  I was on air talent from 2003-2006 and from 2007-2013.  While I am grateful for the opportunity it afforded me, I did experience and feel the toxicity of the environment and I stand with my former colleagues in their quest to create a healthier and more inclusive workplace as the show moves forward.” 

On the other hand, people like Katy Perry, Ashton Kutcher, Alec Baldwin, and Diane Keaton have come to Ellen’s defense.  It should be noted that Keaton also spoke up in favor of Woody Allen.  Then there’s Kevin Hart, who had this to say: “It’s crazy to see my friend go thru what she’s going thru publicly.  I have known Ellen for years and I can honestly say that she’s one of the dopest people on the fucking planet.  She has treated my family and my team with love and respect from day 1.  The internet has become a crazy world of negativity…we are falling in love with peoples down fall.”  It bears mentioning that Ellen was supportive of Hart when his past homophobic jokes resurfaced and squashed his opportunity to host the Academy Awards.  Where does the truth lie?  And, more importantly, does it matter?  To most people reading this, it only matters in terms of gossip – and who am I to minimize that?  But deep down, I doubt anyone cares.  If Ellen entertains you, great.  If not, change the channel.

Brit Brothers Bonding

I know showbiz makes strange bedfellows, but this might be a first – two actors who play brothers on a British show are boyfriends in real life!!  The show in question is the long-running soap Emmerdale, and the actors are Max Parker and Kris Mochrie, who play Luke and Lee Posner.  But it’s not as icky as it sounds.  They met last fall on the day the character of Lee was being killed off, which was Mochrie’s last day of shooting.  Sparks didn’t necessary fly on the set, but the lads stayed in touch…with the touching becoming more intense in recent weeks – as you’ll see in the photos on BillyMasters.com.

Jacked Up Jackman

By the way, the ripped Reed Kelly came to us from Australia – and woke up at 3AM to do a tech with me (the idea of Reed Kelly waking up in the middle of the night to do anything with me is a dream come true).  On Tuesday, we had Branden & James Branden is a Yank, while James is from Down Under.  The idea of Branden Yanking James Down Under should get you to watch that show.  If you want to see them live, the twosome is in residence at the Front Porch in Ogunquit all summer.  And from August 11-15, they’ll be in Provincetown at the Pilgrim House.  Check out TheFrontPorch.com or PilgrimHousePtown.com or their full schedule at BrandenJames.com.

Hugh Jackman is from Down Under.  But he’s been quarantining stateside.  Last week, he joined his wife Deb at The Hamptons for a dip in the ocean.  Should you want to see how he’s holding up, check out BillyMasters.com.

We’ve got two pretty specials shows this week on #BMLive.  On Tuesday, Wilson Cruz joins me for a long-overdue visit.  Also, Judy Gold pops in to talk about her new book, Yes, I Can Say That.  And on Thursday, Edmund Bagnell, who you may know from the singing string quartet Well-Strung, will talk to us about his solo show, He Plays the ViolinVarla Jean Merman will also be there to discuss performing in Provincetown this summer.  They’ll be joined by producer/manager Mark Cortale and Rick Murray, owner of The Crown and Anchor, who will fill us in on how these shows have been going (which, by the way, have all been selling out).  You can check out the full schedule at OnlyAtTheCrown.com.  And you can watch our show on BillyMasters.com.

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