Bravo to Howard Stern who, on his radio show, called out the homophobe and the bigots who are attacking Ellen & Rosie. In the process Stern stands up for gay rights on a whole. From Perez Hilton:
Hate-mongering fuck-weasel Byan Fischer is not happy at all that JC Penney has hired Ellen as their spokesperson. According to this fuck-wit, Penney’s is tacitly approving devient behavior. Waaaaaaa! For their part, JC Penney has basically told Bryan Fischer and his ilk to go pack sand, they’re standing with Ellen.
April 30, 1997
Ellen Morgan, played by Ellen DeGeneres made television history on this day when her fictional alter ego Ellen Morgan came out of the closet on her prime-time sitcom Ellen. The move made Ellen Morgan the first leading sitcom character on national television to ever announce she was a lesbian.
Over 42 million people tuned into the episode, which featured guest appearances by Laura Dern, Dwight Yoakum, Demi Moore, Billy Bob Thornton, and Oprah Winfrey. Ellen’s own coming out in real life, happened one week prior to the airing of the episode when she announced she was a lesbian on the cover of Time magazine.
“I can totally relate to the idea of feeling isolated and alienated. I was incredibly lonely as a child, as a teenager. I have to say I never felt like I fit in in school. I wasn’t a jock. I wasn’t an intellectual. There was no group that I felt a part of. I just felt like a weirdo…It wasn’t until my ballet teacher who was also gay took me under his wing and introduced me to a community of artists of other unique individuals who told me it was good and okay to be different and brought me to my first gay disco and ironically made me feel I was part of the world and it was okay to be different.”
Disclaimer: Yes, yes, Cowell and Seacreast are only “allegedly” undercover homo’s. I am also “allegedly” related to King Boleslav of Poland
Ellen DeGeneres will be leaving American Idol 4 years earlier than expected leaving just Kara DioGuardi (who may also be exiting stage left soon) and Randy Jackson.
“A couple months ago, I let FOX and the “American Idol” producers know that this didn’t feel like the right fit for me. I told them I wouldn’t leave them in a bind and that I would hold off on doing anything until they were able to figure out where they wanted to take the panel next. It was a difficult decision to make, but my work schedule became more than I bargained for. I also realized this season that while I love discovering, supporting and nurturing young talent, it was hard for me to judge people and sometimes hurt their feelings. I loved the experience working on “Idol” and I am very grateful for the year I had. I am a huge fan of the show and will continue to be.”
Fox is expected to announce to new panel of judges at Monday’s Television Critics Association presentation. Current rumours have Jessica Simpson and Chris Issak joining the panel of judges with some whisperings of perhaps Jennifer Lopez.
Besat of Luck to Ellen. It’s probably the best move fopr her. Idol’ doesn’t have that many seasons left. The series has seriously ran its course.