Hollywood Celebrity Buzz
Ross von Metzke | October 23, 2006
The closet doors are swinging wide
The closet doors, they are a swinging, as two� count them two� celebs (OK, one celeb and one guy we�d almost forgotten existed) come out this week.
First, the non-celeb. RJ Helton, who topped out at fifth place on the first season of American Idol, made what appeared to be a spur of the moment announcement on Sirius OutQ Radio this week when he told radio host Larry Flick he had left gospel music because he�s gay.
How spur of the moment could coming out on a gay radio network really be? Your guess is as good as mine, I�m just telling you what RJ said.
LARRY FLICK: What made you decide not to do inspirational music anymore?
RJ HILTON: The industry has just really jaded me. I can have a faith but can�t be who I want to be or who I feel that I am, so a lot of it was just personal things I needed to overcome and just be proud of who I was – just because I am gay does not mean I can�t love God.
LARRY FLICK: Well there you go� congratulations. This is something that I wasn�t sure you were going to talk about on the air today so what made you decide to come out?
RJ HELTON: Today. This morning�three seconds ago. I�ve never even said that. It feels good.
That excerpt was courtesy of Sirius Radio, and while he made no mention of whether there�s a new album in the works, I�m guessing once word of this visit hits the streets, Kirk Franklin and company wont be inviting him back out on the road with them.
Perhaps a club duet with Jim Verraros? Now that�s something I�d pay bucks to see.
Now the big announcement – a Grey�s Anatomy star came out this week too. T.R. Knight, who spent the first season as Dr. George O�Malley pining away for Grey and now has the hots for spicy Latina Dr. Callie Torres, told People Magazine this week, �while I prefer to keep my personal life private, I hope the fact that I'm gay isn't the most interesting part of me.�
The stage actor was responding to rumors that had been floating around for weeks� particularly since the National Enquirer broke what may have been the cause of last week�s now infamous physical fight between stars Isaiah Washington and Patrick Dempsey.
According to the tabloid, what a show spokesperson claimed was a disagreement over the direction of a scene may have actually been a brawl over a vicious gay slur.
According to the article, the fight began over cast members being late to the set, and what started as a heated discussion quickly escalated to violence when Isaiah snapped and yelled, �I�m not your little faggot like (name deleted),� an onlooker reported, which allegedly sent Dempsey over the edge.
Now that Knight�s gone public about being gay, one can only assume who NAME DELETED really is.
Though no one from the show has confirmed, denied or even acknowledged these rumors, we strongly hope the folks over at ABC are taking care of business, and if it is determined Washington made the remark, he be treated according to the anti-discrimination policies typically used throughout Hollywood.
And on the upside of things, how good does it feel to have a homo back in primetime? Now if someone could just confirm once and for all whether Prison Break�s Wentworth Miller plays for my team, I�ll know whether I need to get him drunk before I drop by his dressing room or not.
Tori Spelling is putting her measly inheritance toward a (gay?) guesthouse
In other gay Hollywood news, Tori Spelling is opening a guesthouse – and while I doubt she�s planning anything of the Palm Springs/Ft. Lauderdale variety, one can�t help but wonder how fun a clothing optional gay Bed & Breakfast run by Donna Martin, hubby and baby makes three would be.
First off, having been raised a Spelling, Tori knows a thing or two about five star. Cabana boys would be wearing Dolce & Gabbana, instead of weenie roasts and beer busts it�d be Escargot and Champagne Brunch all the way. And when it came time to do it by the pool – Eros baby, none of that cheap shit.
Of course, because Tori knows how to roll, she could just as easily turn the pool into a lesbian stir fry in time for Dinah Shore� all she has to do is call Gabrielle Carteris and the ladies would turn out in droves.
And given the fact that Tori has now spilled to all who�ll listen that her inheritance totaled a measly $800,000, we now know she�s real, and that�s the type of girl we want hanging around come time for late night drunk karaoke.
Word is she�s looking for properties in Temecula (screech of tires)� hold up. OK, the whole flipping idea for a gay resort just went out the window. Temecula. That�s like Palm Springs if you took away the trees, the pools, the bars, the fine dining and anything happening after 10pm. Temecula is so not the right place for a girl like Tori Spelling.
But then again, a girl�s gotta make money, and if that�s what Tori wants, I�ll keep my yap shut.
Nicky Hilton gets men to strip
Speaking of hotels, are you flipping kidding me with this. Nicky Hilton is getting ready to open the Nicky O South Beach Hotel in a matter of weeks, and unlike some folks in the Miami area who prefer to think gay men aren�t a necessary market to cater to, Nicky knows exactly who�s going to be staying at her hotel and has tempered her ads accordingly.
Naked men as far as the eye can see. Of course, I could do without Nicky standing in the middle, but sometimes you have to take one for the team in order to get what you want.
And yes, those are ladies mixed in to the bunch, but if we can stomach them in an Abercrombie shoot, we can stomach them here. We�re talking penis people.
Hottie of tehe Week
And since we are on the subject of penis, my friends, it seems a fitting time to introduce our hottie of the week. Boy, when Marc Cherry over at Desperate Housewives interviews people to take their shirts off, look pretty and fake at yard work, he sure turns up some doozies:
First Jesse Metcalfe, then Ryan Carnes and now, hottie Josh Henderson. Granted, Josh isn�t actually cast as a gardener. He�s Edie�s nephew, but we�re first introduced to him shirtless in the front yard. I don�t know how I feel about him as a love interest for Susan�s daughter, though I�m sure she�s fine with the arrangement. I�ll just be happy to spend the next season staring at him.
And that, my friends, is it this week. Enjoy, and until next time, remember – stop and smell the gossip.
Ross von Metzke is the Entertainment Editor of Gay Web Monkey and GayWired.com. The former Editor in Chief of Xodus Magazine, his work has appeared in YM, Performing Arts, The San Diego Union Tribune, Entertainment Weekly, Instinct and Link. Ross lives in Los Angeles.
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