Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2021-09-01
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Billy Masters
by Billy Masters
2019-04-09

This article shared 3699 times since Tue Apr 9, 2019
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


"Let's see how long I last."—Patti LuPone says of her latest venture—as a member of Twitter. Her first Tweet? "Contain me with only 280 characters? Fuck that." All that with 240 characters to spare.

If you're anything like me ( and I believe many of you are ), you have been waiting with bated breath for the tell-all book about The View. Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View could only have been written by a gay man. That gay man, Ramin Setoodeh, had unprecedented access to virtually every member of the talk show—both behind and in front of the camera. He had previously written various pieces for Variety, Vanity Fair and other publications. Once the book was announced, virtually everyone was willing to go on the record—the only holdouts of note were Whoopi Goldberg and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Even to someone like me who has had more access than most to the inner workings of ABC's venerable daytime drama, much of this was news. Quotes by Barbara Walters herself, executive producer Bill Geddie and others will shock and titillate you.

One of the biggest scandals recounted in the book stems from the time after Meredith Vieira had left, Star Jones had been fired and Rosie O'Donnell had yet to debut as moderator ( although she was backstage ). On the panel with Barbara that day were Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and guest host Lisa Loeb. The prime "Hot Topic" was that the morning-after pill had been approved by the FDA. Hasselbeck made it clear in the pre-show meeting that she was passionately against the pill. Alas, her passion was a bit out of control. Lizzie got more vitriolic than Walters was comfortable with, and the grande dame attempted several times to calm things down. Finally, Walter scolded, "Could you stop now? We have to go on and we have to learn how to discuss these things in some sort of rational way."

The show went to commercial, Elisabeth quickly left the set and first erupted to Behar—forgetting, of course, that they all still had their mikes on. "Fuck that!," Hasselbeck shouted. "I'm not going to sit there and get reprimanded on the air!" Joy attempted to calm her down, but Elisabeth kept complaining about "that woman" and stormed off to her dressing room saying she quit. Meanwhile, a producer told Barbara ( who was also still miked ) that Elisabeth wouldn't come back on the air. Walters responded, "She has to! Bill, she has to. This is why we shouldn't have done this discussion." Then Behar came back and confirmed the news. Barbara's response? "Well, that's ridiculous."

Geddie darted downstairs to Hasselbeck's dressing room to avert a disaster—bear in mind, it's only a three-minute commercial break. He does some fast talking, lying and cajoling, and gets her to return—with Barbara alternately apologizing and defending herself. In case anyone doubts the veracity of this combustible scene, turns out that "someone" made a copy of the audio from everyone's mikes in the sound booth. To hear it all transpire in real time, check out BillyMasters.com .

It was announced last week that RuPaul will be getting a daytime talk show. Fox announced that the daytime RuPaul show will get a three-week trial run starting on June 10. This is an idea the network has tried several times in the past with attempts to launch shows with people like Kris Jenner and Fran Drescher. Good luck.

Speaking of our favorite "Nanny," I caught up with Fran last week at the opening of Renee Taylor's one-woman show, My Life on a Diet, at the Wallis Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills. Fran ( accompanied by her dashing ex-hubby Peter Marc Jacobson ) enthusiastically talked about her upcoming return to sitcom television. A pilot of Uninsured was ordered by NBC, and the cast just had their first table read. "And everyone is so nice," gushed Fran. "If it's not going to be fun, why bother?" And she sure knows about fun—Drescher has been on the road lately performing her own show, "Schmoozing with Fran Drescher." She spends half of the show onstage alone telling stories. And then, Peter comes out to interview her and also take questions from the audience. I have heard the show has been a smash hit on the road—so much so that she's gonna be at Town Hall in Provincetown this summer, courtesy of Rick Murray and The Crown & Anchor. You can grab tickets for the Aug. 10 show at OnlyAtTheCrown.com .

Back to Renee Taylor. Quite simply, she's a national treasure. What a lady! The 86-year-old effortlessly weaves her way through a lifetime of struggles with her weight—which mirrored many of the other struggles in her life and career. Ironically, once she accepted herself, fame, fortune and love arrived at roughly the same time. There's a lesson in there somewhere. The love Taylor has for the audience was reciprocated by the capacity audience, led by Drescher and other members of The Nanny cast. Also in the crowd were veteran actors Hal Linden and Barbara Eden, who recently appeared together in Love Letters. My Life on a Diet is in the midst of a national tour. It plays here in Beverly Hills until April 14. For more dates and info, check out MyLifeOnADietPlay.com . And, of course, I'll run photos from the opening on BillyMasters.com .

Do you have a spare $100 million? If so, you could buy Grindr. Yes, the popular "gay dating" app is for sale—and not necessarily by choice. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States ( CFIUS ) has ruled that the ownership of the California-based app by a Chinese gaming company is a security risk. Apparently, the government is concerned that the personal data of users could be compromised.

When I'm the only one who hasn't been compromised on Grindr, it's time to end yet another column. If you're looking for online fun where the risks are minimal, check outBillyMasters.com—the site that always plays safe. If you have a question for me, send it along to Billy@BillyMasters.com and I promise to get back to you before China offers me millions for my website! Until next time, remember: One man's filth is another man's bible.


This article shared 3699 times since Tue Apr 9, 2019
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Billy Masters
2021-10-25
"There was talk of Harry Styles, but I think he ran. He was too scared."—Boy George discusses who will play him in a biopic—or, rather, who won't. The frontrunner currently is Yungblud—a young British singer. If ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ JoJo Siwa, Haring/Ortiz mural, Jamie Lee Curtis, Billy Porter
2021-10-24
Dancing the foxtrot alongside partner Jenna Johnson to Olivia Newton John's "Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee (Reprise)" for Dancing with the Stars' Grease night, 18-year-old social-media star JoJo Siwa received the season's first perfec ...


Gay News

Stage Left Theatre names new artistic director
2021-10-21
Stage Left Theatre announced Bobbi Masters as its new artistic director. Masters has directed plays at theaters around the nation such as No Strings Theatre Company in Las Cruces, New Mexico (The Bald Soprano); and Kitchen ...


Gay News

Billy Masters
2021-10-18
"But we can curl your hair and put lotion on your face at the same time."—William Shatner's response to Prince William's criticism of space tourism. Are there any people less likely to be discussing hair than ...


Gay News

WORLD Plus magazine, The Guardian, Dutch princess, anti-trans ruling
2021-10-17
The largest circulated HIV publication in the country, Plus, unveiled its 25 Amazing People of the Year, per a press release. Just a few of the individuals are actor Billy Porter; Mandisa Nikita Dukashe: South African ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ Superman, TheWrap, Oscar Wilde, Billy Porter, Cher, 'Dragula'
2021-10-17
The ongoing comic Superman: Son of Kal-El, by writer Tom Taylor and artist John Timms, launched in July and saw Jon Kent officially take up the mantle of the Man of Steel now that his father, ...


Gay News

Billy Masters
2021-10-11
"I kept hearing about Fat Bear Week and thought it was a celebration of body positivity within a gay subculture. It turns out it is about actual bears! Either way, I am here for it."—Lynda Carter ...


Gay News

Billy Masters talks Dolly, Katie Couric and more
2021-10-04
"I was so excited when someone told me that Lil Nas X had done my song #Jolene. I had to find it and listen to it immediately … and it's really good. Of course, I love him anyway. I was surprised ...


Gay News

Billy Masters
2021-09-27
"Honey, turn that clock off; I ain't paying no attention to it. Turn it off—turn it off!"—Debbie Allen during her acceptance speech for the Governors Award at the Primetime Emmys. Four co-hosts go in, two come ...


Gay News

Billy Masters on RuPaul and more
2021-09-20
"The reason I said no wasn't because I wasn't proud of who I was, or I didn't want to represent the LGBTQ+ community in any way. It was because Raven Baxter is Raven Baxter is Raven Baxter. And Raven Baxter is ...


Gay News

Billy Masters
2021-09-13
"If you want the most dramatic season ever, do an LGBT version. I think maybe it's the time for The Bachelor to do a gay Bachelor."—Lance Bass pitches his idea to ABC. You may recall that ...


Gay News

Billy Masters
2021-09-06
"I'm so happy to know I have a fan in Maine!"—Joan Rivers in a letter to yours truly sometime in the mid-80s. Massachusetts had just begun using the MA abbreviation instead of Mass! She may have ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Calif. bill, lawsuits, Billy Porter, 'Southern LGBTQ Experiences'
2021-09-05
The California legislature okayed a bill that would launch a pilot program to better track the gender identity and sexual orientation of victims of fatal violence, Gay City News noted. Under AB 1094, or the Sexual ...


Gay News

Billy Masters
2021-08-30
"I wasn't looking forward to this conversation. But you and your questions and your reintroduction to some of my past enlightened me [and] inspirited me, and I eagerly took the bait."—Ed Asner on Billy Masters LIVE. ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ Billy Porter, 'Death Drop,' Brandi Carlile, vintage films, Gaga
2021-08-29
Billy Porter will direct a queer teen comedy feature titled To Be Real for Amazon Studios, which is being helmed by Gabrielle Union's I'll Have Another Productions, NME.com noted. Porter, who is currently working on his ...


 



Copyright © 2021 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 
 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.