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December 19, 2014

Star takes center stage during season's final two episodes of American Horror Story: Freak Show

From Doogie to Barney to Hedwig to Chester?

Neil Patrick Harris has played many things in his long career on television, in movies and on stage but his role on American Horror Story: Freak Show seems to be his biggest departure yet.

When the FX series resumes 7 January for its final two episodes, Harris will appear as a man named Chester, the new owner of the circus.

He is attracted conjoined twins Bette and Dot (Sarah Paulson) but also is close to a ventriloquist dummy that he says 'relaxes' him.

Hmmm.

December 18, 2014

'Listen, you are a white lady telling me what is racist to you'

The Hot Topics segment of ABC's The View should have been called Hot Under the Collar Topics on Thursday's show.

Co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O'Donnell, who have clashed several times in recent months, got into a heated exchange during a discussion about racism.

December 17, 2014

Hackers behind the Sony cyber attack vow to carry out 9/11-style attacks on theaters that show the Franco-Seth Rogen comedy

Don't expect to see Rosie O'Donnell standing in line to buy tickets to the new James Franco-Seth Rogen comedy The Interview which opens in theaters on 24 December.

Threats of 9/11-type attacks have been made against theaters that show the film - threats from the hackers behind a major cyber attack against Sony, the studio releasing the movie.

O'Donnell said on The View today that she's too scared to go to a theater.

December 16, 2014

The star and mom was offering advice to aspiring gay parents at Cyndi Lauper’s recent True Colors concert in New York

Rosie O’Donnell recently took the opportunity to share her thoughts on gay parenting in a video chat with GaysWithKids.com.

The website caught up with the TV star and actor ahead of her co-hosting stint at Cyndi Lauper’s recent fundraiser in New York in support of homeless LGBTI youth.

O’Donnell, who is mom to five children aged 19, 17, 15, 12 and two years, was asked what advice she would give to any gay people who aspired to become parents.

December 15, 2014

Series centers on teen who learns his parents are getting a divorce and his dad is becoming a woman

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest became a behind-the-scenes television force with the success of the much-maligned reality series Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

Seacrest's latest effort as a producer will most likely earn a bit more respect.

It's My Transparent Life, a groundbreaking docu-series that follows a teen named Ben who is not only dealing with his parents getting a divorce but also with the fact that his father is transitioning to female.

December 12, 2014

Says Rogers: 'We’re no longer dating but we’re friends'

Robbie Rogers, the first openly gay player in Major League Soccer, has confirmed his split from TV producer Greg Berlanti.

'We dated for a year and half. And we split up. Stuff happens,' Rogers tells SiriusXM Progress. 'We’re still friends. And we’re very supportive of each other.'

Berlanti is currently producer of the hit shows Arrow and The Flash on The CW. His previous credits include Brothers & Sisters and Dawson's Creek.

December 11, 2014

Big reveal comes during season finale of Direct TV drama

It's been hinted at in recent months but it was not official until this week's season finale of Kingdom.

The character of boxer Nate Kulina, played by the very gay-friendly Nick Jonas, is gay.

Viewers of the Direct TV drama find out about his sexuality after Nate is rejected from a gay bar and ends up hooking up with a guy who performs oral sex on him.

December 10, 2014

Freddie Smith to be sentenced in February for  felony vehicular assault and misdemeanor driving under the influence

US soap opera star Freddie Smith has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a car crash in Ohio that left his girlfriend seriously injured.

Smith, who plays the gay character of Sonny Kiriakis on NBC's Days of Our Lives, entered pleas of guilty this week to charges of felony vehicular assault and misdemeanor driving under the influence, according to the Associated Press.

Smith will be sentenced on 18 February.

December 9, 2014

'It's like seeing a rare gazelle or something'

Anderson Cooper had an unexpected brush with British royalty when he found himself on the same flight as Prince William.

After William met with President Obama at The White House Monday (8 Monday), the future King of England took an afternoon US air shuttle flight back to New York City.

'There was this kind of buzz and excitement to see this guy come on the aircraft,' Cooper said on his show Anderson Cooper 360 on Monday. 'It's like seeing a rare gazelle or something.'

December 6, 2014

No arrests have been made in murder of 21-year-old Deshawnda Sanchez

The final moments of Deshawnda Bradley's life were spent frantically banging on the door of a stranger's Los Angeles home.

Before anyone could help the 21 year old, someone shot the trans woman to death in LA's Chesterfield Square neighborhood.

No arrests have been made in the early Wednesday (3 December) morning murder which has left the victim's family large devastated and the LGBTI community outraged.

December 5, 2014

Says the show's creator: 'Everybody seems to be very happy as far as I know'

Are Rosie O'Donnell's days on The View numbered?

That's the persistent buzz, from unnamed sources, surrounding the outspoken co-host who began her second stint on the show this fall. O'Donnell had been moderator of the program during a stormy 2006-07 season.

Barbara Walters, the show's creator who retired as a co-host last spring, was asked by Extra this week about rumors suggesting O'Donnell will not last the season.

December 3, 2014

CNN anchor missed just one day of work on Anderson Cooper 360

Two days after having an emergency appendectomy, Anderson Cooper returned to the air on CNN Tuesday not looking any worse for the wear.

Cooper, 47, did not mention his health scare at the top of Anderson Cooper 360 as he immediately jumped into a story on the ongoing situation in Ferguson, Missouri, where a police officer was not charged in the shooting death of an unarmed black teen.

December 2, 2014

CNN anchor tweets to concerned viewers that he was struck with 'appendicitis'

Anderson Cooper had a very good excuse for being absent from his nightly CNN show on Monday (1 December): He was in the hospital.

Cooper casually tweeted to his followers in Twitter: 'I'll be back on air tomorrow. Had an appendicitis and had to have sudden surgery last night.'

He was replaced on Anderson Cooper 360 for the night by John Berman.

December 1, 2014

Christopher Sean's character could come between daytime soap's newlywed gay couple

On the US daytime soap Days of Our Lives, gay couple Sonny Kiriakis and Will Horton are still newlyweds.

But there is a newcomer to the fictional town of Salem who surprised Sonny with a kiss and could mean trouble for a couple already on the rocks.

On today's episode of the soap, viewers learned that hunky hospital patient Paul Narita - a pro baseball player who has the female staff swooning - is actually a closeted gay man who used to be involved with Sonny.

November 28, 2014

Watch a video of his interpretation of Wind Beneath My Wings inside

Mean Girls star Jonathan Bennett broke two of his ribs while performing an interpretive dance of Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler.

He filmed the routine with two friends shortly after learning he would be on Dancing With the Stars (DWTS) but decided to keep it secret until the season ended.

In the video, Bennett can be seen descending a stairs then lies on a railing, only to fall several on his back with a loud thud.

TMZ reported that he broke two ribs and hurt his arm, which required two months in a sling.

November 28, 2014

ABC Family show centers on lesbian couple and their large brood

For five seasons on Showtime's Queer as Folk, Peter Paige played the role of Emmett Honeycutt who was part of a group of gay friends living in Pittsburgh.

Since then, Paige has gone on to create the ABC Family series The Fosters about the lives of an interracial lesbian couple who are married and raising biological and adoptive children together.

While Queer as Folk was quite sexually explicit, Paige tells Gay Star News The Fosters is even more 'subversive' in its own way.

November 28, 2014

'I've learned not to engage with them via media'

The last time Rosie O'Donnell made fun of Donald Trump on ABC's The View eight years ago, it ignited a bitter public feud.

Did O'Donnell kick open the door to round to on Friday's episode of The View which she returned to this fall?

During a discussion about rude people with co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie Perez and Nicole Wallace O'Donnell alluded to her infamous feud with Trump during which he called her a 'loser,' a 'slob' and took jabs at her weight.

November 26, 2014

' ... The soul of America is in real trouble'

On a speaking tour in Europe, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee attacked gay marriage saying it threatens 'the foundation of our society and culture.'

November 23, 2014

Activists want 19 Kids and Counting taken off the air, after the Duggar family have been accused of inciting hatred against gay and transgender people

158,000 people have signed an online petition called ‘End LGBTQ fear mongering by the Duggars.’

The petition on Change.org is targeting the Duggar family of US TV show 19 Kids and Counting which has aired on the The Learning Channel (TLC) network since 2008.

The show follows the lives of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar from Tontitown, Arkansas. They are described as ‘devout Independent Baptists and adherents of the Christian patriarchy movement.’

November 20, 2014

Don Lemon: 'As a victim myself I would never want to suggest that any victim could have prevented a rape'

Don Lemon, an openly gay anchor for CNN, came under fire this week for his line of questioning to a woman who is accusing Bill Cosby of rape.

Joan Tarshis said she faked having an infection to avoid intercourse with Cosby but did other acts. Lemon said that 'there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it.'

He mentioned that one of the ways was 'the using of the teeth.'

Tarshis, who was 19 at the time of the alleged attack, remained composed during the interview and said it hadn't occurred to her to retaliate in that way.

November 20, 2014

'I think we have a lot in common. We’re both from Louisiana, we’re both hosts...'

Who knew that Robin Roberts and Ellen DeGeneres were so alike?

Today (20 November) the host of the ABC morning show Good Morning America sat across from Ellen on her own program.

The comic listed all the things the two shared.

November 19, 2014

Once crazy about Tom Cruise, her latest man crush is Mariska Hargitay's 'tall, handsome, charming and delicious' husband

Being one of the world's most famous lesbians didn't stop Rosie O'Donnell from flirting with a married man this week.

O'Donnell was at the Worldwide Orphans gala in New York City on Tuesday (18 November) and found herself at a table with movie hunks Hugh Jackman and Andrew Garfield.

But it was another handsome man who caught her eye: Peter Hermann who was at the event with his actress-wife Mariska Hargitay.

November 18, 2014

TV news legend was not pleased when Cohen suggested, on live television, that perhaps Walters was too old to understand film American Hustle

Andy Cohen, host of Bravo's nightly talk show Watch What Happens Live, found out the hard way what it's like to really tick off Barbara Walters.

Cohen recalled Monday (17 November) to time he guest hosted on The View nearly two years ago and suggested to the 80-plus Walters that maybe the reason she didn't understand the film American Hustle was due to her age.

The insult happened on live television and Walters' displeasure was instant.

November 18, 2014

'There goes my last lingering thread of my heterosexuality'

The Simpsons' co-creator Sam Simon has stepped in to save a gay bull from the slaughterhouse.

The Hollywood producer bought Benjy the bull's freedom after he learned the animal was going to be killed as it wouldn't breed.

At first the Irish farmer who bought the Charolais assumed that Benjy might just be a 'discreet chappie' who didn't want to be 'doing the business in public'.

But after he brought in an expert, he realised the 'problem'.