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Billy Masters
by Billy Masters
2021-02-15

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"It was the worst 90 seconds of my life, for sure."—Stormy Daniels, while on Michael Cohen's podcast. She also revealed that she first met El Presidente in 2006 at a golf tournament in Lake Tahoe where she was a "sponsored hole." She's smart enough to say, "Write your own joke."

Yes, I'm another year older and, given the alternative, that's fine. I didn't purposely avoid mentioning my birthday—I simply forgot. During these COVID days, I have no concept of date or time. I thank you all for the messages, and I am grateful to be healthy. I'm no spring chicken at 52. But as Sophia Petrillo said, every year without a headstone is a milestone.

Doing television during quarantine is tricky—anything can happen. I've had my dog or a family member wander in during "Billy Masters LIVE." But Suzanne Somers found herself in a different situation. She's sitting on her patio, dressed in black, wearing some kinda crazy hat and veil like she was going to a royal wedding. (By the way, Meghan Markle is pregnant again.) Somers was in the middle of giving a makeup tutorial and talking to dozens of fans on Facebook Live. All of a sudden, she hears a noise behind her. Could it be a coyote, an antelope or Joyce DeWitt? Somers asked if someone was there. A male voice responded, "I'm here." Suzanne then inexplicably said, "Come here"—like she was introducing her first guest. In stumbles a fan who is described as "nearly naked." In actual fact, Aaron Carpenter was wearing underwear or a swimsuit. He said ghosts were following him—although on repeated listening, he may very well have said "goats." He brought Suzanne a gift—a special mug. She declined, saying, "I don't want anything." The guy and his mug left peacefully. He was later interrogated by the police, and let go with a warning. Somewhere, Priscilla Barnes is asking law enforcement to give Aaron her address.

For a young gay boy growing up in a Boston suburb, 1992 was a big year. That was the first time I regularly saw a gay person on TV. When MTV launched The Real World, they also started a reality craze that continues to this day. Sure, we all lusted after Eric Nies, but Norm Korpi was out and proud and usually in a tub! Paramount Plus is staging a reunion with the entire first-season cast. The Real World Homecoming: New York drops March 4.

My favorite pop artists have been all-female groups from different eras—The Supremes, The Pointer Sisters, The Go-Go's and The Bangles. The Supremes hold a special place in my heart. While I have met every living Supreme, Mary Wilson made the biggest impression on me—mostly for her accomplishments in the face of huge obstacles. When I got the call that she had passed away at what I consider the young age of 76, a little part of me died. While it seemed unlikely that we'd ever see Diana, Mary and Cindy reunite onstage, I always held out hope that someday they'd be together.

We'll be celebrating Mary Wilson on Tuesday's episode of "Billy Masters LIVE" with some amazing guests; close friends, colleagues, producers and biographers will come together to pay tribute to Mary and The Supremes' legacy. On Thursday, Eric Roberts will look back on his career. And let me take a moment to toot my own horn—while I still can! Last week, we returned for season two, and I was curious how many people would tune in after a six-week hiatus. As of this writing, more than 4,000 of you watched me interview the magnificent Melissa Manchester. Check out our YouTube channel Billy Masters TV, or just go to BillyMasters.com/TV.

As we went to press, we got word that Ari Gold passed away at 47. Ari was a trailblazer in so many ways—as an LGBT personality, a recording artist, a model and an advocate. In July, he was a guest on "Billy Masters LIVE." We talked about his battle with leukemia and what kept him going when faced with so much adversity. It was a difficult interview—particularly when I asked him "Are you hopeful?" Watching it now, I find his honesty disarming, but also inspiring. We'll post the whole show on our website.

Congrats to skater Adam Rippon, who has just announced his engagement to Finnish beau Jussi-Pekka Kajaala. You know, some people (like Steve Kmetko) are a few vowels short, while others seem to have too many.

Speaking of missing vowels, we send positive energy out to David Burtka (aka Mr. Neil Patrick Harris), who recently underwent a marathon nine-hour surgery for "three spinal fusions." We don't know much more than that, but we hear that the procedure went smoothly and that David is recovering nicely.

Our "Ask Billy" question comes from one of my most loyal readers. Fred asks, "I was going through the Internet, and ran into a photo of Tyler Posey with dyed white and blue hair. What's he up to?"

What can I tell you? Tyler likes to play with his hair. Other than that, he's focusing on his OnlyFans work. You know—cut out the middleman. Last week, he posted some rather risque shower shots showing off his assets—as you'll see on BillyMasters.com .

When people are taking "come and knock on our door" literally, it's definitely time to end another column. I may be aging, but I'm sure not maturing, as is evident on BillyMasters.com—the site that celebrates 365 days a year. If you have a question, send it along to Billy@BillyMasters.com, and I promise to get back to you before someone in a Speedo intrudes on me! Until next time, remember: One man's filth is another man's bible.


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