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Billy Masters
by Billy Masters
2016-07-20

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"I think that it is a project that is misconceived and ( sadly for the players ) badly cast. The producer and director seem to have missed the point entirely."—Richard O'Brien, writer of The Rocky Horror ( Picture ) Show ( and the original Riff Raff ), gives his opinion on the FOX remake starring Laverne Cox as a "sweet transvestite."

Many of my older readers never thought they'd see a drag queen with a TV show—with the exception of Milton Berle and Benny Hill. A more recent generation thought it'd seen it all when RuPaul got a show—in fact, most of the Logo network centers around RuPaul. How do you top that? By making history with an Emmy nomination as Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality Competition Program. Not only did Ru get a nomination—she was nominated alongside Jane Lynch ( Hollywood Game Night ), Tom Bergeron ( Dancing with the Stars ), Ryan Seacrest ( American Idol ), Steve Harvey ( Little Big Shots ), and Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum ( Project Runway )—officially making it the gayest category in Emmy history. RuPaul, who once notably said, "I'd rather have an enema than have an Emmy," is likely a long shot. But it's an honor just to be nominated. "I dedicate this Emmy nomination to outsiders everywhere,—brave souls who stick to their dreams and make the world a more colorful place," RuPaul said. I think she just said the Emmy should go to Tim Gunn!

Elsewhere on Logo, Lance Bass is helping a male supermodel find love—'cause he's a giver. The network is touting Finding Prince Charming as the "first-ever gay dating show"—obviously forgetting James Getzlaff and Boy Meets Boy from Bravo in 2003. OK, so that show did have the unfortunate twist of sprinkling some straight suitors into the mix ... just to make it icky. Be that as it may, we hear that Logo encouraged its 20 prospective beaus to amp up the drama and cattiness while filming in an LA-area estate. I'll be interested to see how many of the hunks hook up with each other—something ABC's "Bachelor" franchise rarely has to worry about.

Regarding the guy handing out the roses ( or whatever a gay bachelor hands out—PrEP, perhaps? ), Robert Sepulveda Jr. has been described as "an interior designer with Puerto Rican roots who now lives in Atlanta." But regardless of what the network says, this isn't the 33-year-old's first attempt at finding love on camera. Way back in 2011, he was cast on Bravo's Most Eligible New York—a show I don't believe ever aired. Around that time, he was romantically linked with Marc Jacobs. When asked about their relationship, he said, "We are friends, and I don't really want to comment any further"—so I guess they were an item.

Not surprisingly, Robert also has an extensive modeling portfolio in which he's featured wearing as little clothing as possible. He's 6'2," 195 pounds, has a 42-inch chest and a 30-inch waist—or at least he had a 30-inch waist once. As for that all-important measurement, he's a 10—in footwear, silly! He also occasionally throws some blond highlights into his luscious salt-and-pepper locks ... but who am I to judge? He also appears to be circumcised, as you'll see on BillyMasters.com .

L.A. may slow down in the summer, but it sure ain't boring. This past week, we had the Dreamgirls reunion ( with exclusive and extensive footage on BillyMasters.com ), Diana Ross at the Hollywood Bowl, and Broadway royalty at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. That last bit was when the Ahmanson Theatre hosted the national tour of Grey Gardens starring Rachel York and Betty Buckley. The highlight of the evening happened before the show even started. As the lights dimmed, in scurried Angela Lansbury—well, as much as a 90-year-old can scurry! Some people noticed and applauded, but then the pre-show announcement was made. You know—the one about no taking of photos, silencing your cell phones, unwrapping your candy. Except the person making the announcement was Angela Lansbury—who starred in Blithe Spirit in the same theatre last year. After the pre-recorded speech ended, the audience started applauding. I said, "Wouldn't it be great if ... wait—she's up!" Yes, Lansbury got out of her seat, bowed and got a standing ovation! It was certainly a special moment ( that we caught on camera, of course ).

Sometimes those of us in the media use the power of the press to persuade producers. I can think of two instances where I wrote about something hoping to make it happen—and in both cases, I was successful ( and, no, I will not tell you the details ). But sometimes such attempts are ludicrous, such as a recent item by our sister-in-gossip, Cindy Adams—you know, the one with that bun on her head. I think her bun was on a little too tight when she said that Carol Channing had been approached to fill in for Bette Midler during matinees of the upcoming Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! In Adams' defense, she did say that it was an improbable rumor and one that the producer and publicist had denied. And then Carol Channing spoke out: "At no point has the topic of my filling in on matinees been discussed, with either the production company or with Bette. In fact, I find the very suggestion to be an insult to Bette." THAT'S the ludicrous part? That Bette would need someone to fill in at matinees? Because the idea of the 95-year-old Channing playing Dolly again is so plausible ( but I'd LOVE to see it ).

Christopher Meloni certainly doesn't mind attention from the gays. One fan recently Tweeted, "@Chris_Meloni: I finished the Oz series two days and I'm depressed about it ( especially with the end of your character ). how to handle?" Meloni accommodatingly responded thusly: "Take a shower and pretend I'll be joining u" To help get you in the mood, we'll show you every inch of him in the shower on our website.

When RuPaul's dreaming of an enema, it's definitely time to end yet another column. You can get an expanded version of this column—with photos—at www.BillyMasters.com—the site that always goes deep. Although we didn't have room for an "Ask Billy" question, you can always send your queries to me at Billy@BillyMasters.com, and I promise to get back to you before Meloni passes me the soap! So, until next time, remember: One man's filth is another man's bible.


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