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Sean Hayes epically drags Jussie Smollett in GLAAD Media Award speech

Sean Hayes epically drags Jussie Smollett in GLAAD Media Award speech

Sean Hayes at this year’s GLAAD Media Awards | Photo: GLAAD Media Awards

Sean Hayes pulled no punches while dragging Jussie Smollett during his GLAAD Media Award winner’s speech in LA last night.

The Will & Grace star said on stage: ‘I’ve been getting in shape for tonight with the Jussie Smollet workout. You hire two trainers and sweat for 8 weeks.’

Earlier this month, Empire actor Jussie had all charges against him dropped, after being initially charged with felony disorderly conduct for filing a false report. In total, he faced 16 felony charges.

Sean won the Stephen F. Kolzak Award last night. Other big winners were Beyoncé and JAY-Z, who won the Vanguard Award, and the Netflix show Queer Eye, which won Outstanding Reality Program.

‘So excited’

Guests at the event included gay soccer icon Robbie Rogers and Brooklyn Nine-Nine actress Stephanie Beatriz, who is bisexual.

Speaking to GSN on the red carpet, Stephanie said of the upcoming series of B99 that she’s ‘so excited’ to explore her character Rosa’s personal life.

Meanwhile Our Lady J teased a bit about Pose Season 2, telling us: ‘There’s going to be more drama, more shady one-liners from Elektra, and more heart. This series is about survival.’

Robbie furthermore revealed on the night that his son Caleb with husband Greg Berlanti (the director of Love, Simon) has started to play soccer and Robbie said it makes him ’emotional’.

‘Overwhelmingly positive’

Lilan Bowden, an actress on Disney’s Andi Mack also spoke about her show making history when one of its characters Cyrus Goodman (played by Joshua Rush) came out earlier this year.

‘What was so exciting about seeing the character come out and getting the feedback was it was overwhelmingly positive,’ she told us.

‘Not just from teens, not just from parents, but people my age were engaged in the show, or who started watching it because of that storyline. I couldn’t be happier with how the response has been.’

Full winners list:

Vanguard Award: Beyoncé and JAY-Z

Stephen F. Kolzak Award: Sean Hayes

Outstanding Film – Wide Release: ‘Love, Simon’

Outstanding Comedy Series: ‘Vida’

Outstanding Reality Program: ‘Queer Eye’

Outstanding Documentary: ‘Believer’

Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series w/o a regular LGBTQ character): ‘Someplace Other Than Here’ The Guest Book

Outstanding Kids & Family Programming: ‘Steven Universe’

Outstanding Video Game: ‘The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset’

Outstanding Comic Book: ‘Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles,’ written by Mark Russell

Outstanding Magazine Article: ‘Can a Transgender Woman Get Justice in Texas?’ by Nate Blakeslee (Texas Monthly)

Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage: Variety

Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine (Spanish-Language): ‘Entrevista con Luis Sandoval para National Coming Out Day’ Despierta América (Univision)

Outstanding Digital Journalism (Spanish-Language): ‘Así pinta la televisión hispana a los personajes LGBTQ, una representación preocupante’ por Daniel Shoer Roth

Special Recognition: ‘Nanette’

Special Recognition: ‘TransMilitary’

Special Recognition (Spanish-Language): ‘House of Mamis’

Interior photos by Anya Crittenton

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Gus Kenworthy and Robbie Rogers discuss being out in new sports documentary

Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness to publish an Over The Top memoir this fall

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