Puppeteer Kevin Clash ,Voice Of Sesame Street’s Elmo, Accused Of Relationship With Teenage Boy
Kevin Clash, the voice actor behind Sesame Street’s beloved character Elmo, has taken a leave of absence after being accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy.Earlier this summer, the accuser, then a 23-year-old man, reached out to Sesame Workshop alleging Clash had a relationship with him when he was still a minor.After the accuser came forward, Sesame Workshop took immediate action. The company “conducted a thorough investigation and found the allegation of underage conduct to be unsubstantiated.
Although this was a personal relationship unrelated to the workplace, [their] investigation did reveal that Kevin exercised poor judgment and violated company policy regarding internet usage and he was disciplined.”Clash, who would have been 45 years old at the time, acknowledged the relationship. However, he “insists it only took place AFTER the accuser was an adult.”“I had a relationship with [the accuser]. It was between two consenting adults and I am deeply saddened that he is trying to make it into something it was not,” Clashtold TMZ.Meanwhile, the accuser has hired the same firm that represented one of the victims in the Jerry Sandusky rape case.
Despite Clash’s absence, the company has no plans to remove the character from the show. According to an official statement, Elmo “will continue to be an integral part of Sesame Street.”
Andreozzi & Associates, a law firm that said it represented the accuser said in a statement that “he wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship.” The statement added, “He will have no further comment on the matter.” The accuser’s identity has not been disclosed. Mr. Clash said through a spokesman: “I am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest. I will not discuss it further.” Sesame Workshop had no immediate comment on when Mr. Clash would return to work. On Monday, TMZ said that the accuser, now 24 years old, contacted Sesame Workshop last summer and claimed that, beginning at the age of 16, he had a sexual relationship with Mr. Clash.
“Will & Grace” Star Eric McCormack Didn’t Want To Play Gay, Megan Mullally Reveals
The Huffington Post reports:
“Will & Grace” is often cited as a pioneering sitcom in terms of its portrayal of openly gay characters and relationships. But one of the show’s stars wasn’t so enthusiastic about tackling a gay role.
In a new interview on Larry King Now, actress Megan Mullally reveals that her co-star Eric McCormack was hesitant to accept the rule of Will Truman, due in part to the character’s sexuality, at first.
“Everybody originally passed — all four of us originally passed on the roles,” Mullally notes. “Eric McCormack had been playing a manly cowboy on a series in Canada and didn’t want to play gay.”
Of course, McCormack — who ended up nabbing an Emmy for the role — eventually signed on, alongside Mullally, Sean Hayes and Debra Messing.
Well, give the guy the credit for taking on the rol at the end. Remember Will & Grace first aired back in 1998.
Anderson Cooper Slams Star Jones: I Didn’t Come Out To Win Higher Ratings For My Show
Gay Actor Ron Palillo Dies At 63
Ron Palillo — the actor who played Horshack on “Welcome Back, Kotter” — died this morning at his home near Palm Beach, FL from an apparent heart attack … this according to someone close to the actor.
We’re told Palillo was found by his partner of many years Joseph Gramm around 4:00 AM. Gramm called an ambulance and Palillo was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
We’re told the heart attack was very unexpected. Palillo was 63.
According to one of Palillo’s colleagues at G-Star School of the Arts, Palillo had appeared to be in good health … but was a heavy smoker. We’re told he had been suffering from a bad cough and had even scheduled a doctor’s appointment for today.
Palillo was known for calling out, “Ooh ooh ooh, Mr. Kotter” as one of the Sweathogs on the show … which he appeared on with John Travolta from 1975 to 1979.
After Kotter, Palillo appeared in “Laverne & Shirley” and voiced a character on the Disney cartoon, “Darkwing Duck.”
Palillo’s “Kotter” co-star Robert Hegyes — who played Epstein — also passed away earlier this year after suffering a heart attack.
2012 Emmy Nominations
- The Big Bang Theory
- Curb Your Enthusiasm
- Modern Family
- 30 Rock
- Boardwalk Empire
- Breaking Bad
- Downton Abbey
- Game of Thrones
- Mad Men
Lead actress in drama
- Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
- Glenn Close, Damages
- Claire Danes, Homeland
- Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
- Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
- Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Lead actor in a drama
- Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
- Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
- Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
- Jon Hamm, Mad Men
- Damian Lewis, Homeland
- Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Best competition reality show
- The Amazing Race
- Dancing with the Stars
- Project Runway
- So You Think You Can Dance
- The Voice
- Top Chef
Lead actress in a comedy
- Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
- Lena Dunham, Girls
- Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
- Tina Fey, 30 Rock
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
- Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
- Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Lead actor in a comedy
- Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
- Don Cheadle, House of Lies
- Louis C.K., Louie
- Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
- Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
- Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Best supporting actress, comedy
- Mayim Bialik,The Big Bang Theory
- Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives
- Julie Bowen,Modern Family
- Sofia Vergara,Modern Family
- Merritt Wever,Nurse Jackie
- Kristen Wiig,Saturday Night Live
Best supporting actor, comedy
- Ed O’Neill, Modern Family
- Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
- Ty Burrell, Modern Family
- Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
- Max Greenfield, The New Girl
- Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live
Best supporting actress, drama
- Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
- Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
- Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
- Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
- Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
- Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Best supporting actor, drama
- Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
- Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad
- Brendan Coyle, Downton Abbey
- Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
- Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
- Jared Harris, Mad Men
Best miniseries or movie
- Game Change
- American Horror Story
- Hatfield & McCoys
- Hemingway & Gellhorn
- Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia
Best variety series
- The Colbert Report
- The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
- Jimmy Kimmel Live
- Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
- Real Time With Bill Maher
- Saturday Night Live
Best animated program
- American Dad
- Bob’s Burgers
- The Penguins Of Madagascar: The Return Of The Revenge Of Dr. Blowhole
- The Simpsons
Best non-competition reality program
- Antiques Roadshow
- Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution
- Shark Tank
- Undercover Boss
- Who Do You Think You Are?
Best reality show host
- Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
- Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
- Betty White, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers
- Tom Bergeron, Dancing With The Stars
- Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance
Best guest actress in a comedy
- Dot-Marie Jones, Glee
- Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Live
- Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
- Elizabeth Banks, 30 Rock
- Margaret Cho, 30 Rock
- Kathy Bates, Two and a Half Men
Best guest actor in a comedy
- Michael J. Fox, Curb Your Enthusiasm
- Greg Kinnear, Modern Family
- Bobby Cannavale, Nurse Jackie
- Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live
- Will Arnett, 30 Rock
- Jon Hamm, 30 Rock
Best guest actress in a drama
- Martha Plimpton, The Good Wife
- Loretta Devine, Grey’s Anatomy
- Jean Smart, Harry’s Law
- Julia Ormond, Mad Men
- Joan Cusack, Shameless
- Uma Thurman, Smash
Best guest actor in a drama series
- Mark Margolis, Breaking Bad
- Dylan Baker, The Good Wife
- Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife
- Dickie Bennett, Justified
- Ben Feldman, Mad Men
- Jason Ritter, Parenthood
Best lead actress in a miniseries or movie
- Connie Britton, American Horror Story
- Julianne Moore, Game Change
- Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn
- Ashley Judd, Missing
- Emma Thompson, The Song Of Lunch (Masterpiece)
Best lead actor in a miniseries or movie
- Woody Harrelson, Game Change
- Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
- Bill Paxton, Hatfields & McCoys
- Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn
- Idris Elba, Luther
- Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia
Best supporting actress in a miniseries or movie
- Frances Conroy, American Horror Story
- Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
- Sarah Paulson, Game Change
- Mare Winningham, Hatfields & McCoys
- Judy Davis, Page Eight (Masterpiece)
Best supporting actor in a miniseries or movie
- Denis O’Hare, American Horror Story
- Ed Harris, Game Change
- Tom Berenger, Hatfields & McCoys
- David Strathairn, Hemingway & Gellhorn
- Martin Freeman, Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece)
Outstanding writing for a comedy
- Chris McKenna, Community
- Lena Dunham,Girls
- Louis C.K.,Louie
- Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
- Michael Schur,Parks and Recreation
Outstanding writing for a drama
- Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey
- Alex Gansa, Gideon Raff, Howard Gordon, Homeland
- Semi Chellas, Matthew Weiner, Mad Men
- Andre and Maria Jacquemetton, Mad Men
- Erin Levy, Matthew Weiner, Mad Men
Malaysia: Government Bans Gay TV Characters
The Malaysian government has banned television shows that feature gay characters.Deputy Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Maglin confirmed [the ban]. He said the ban was effective immediately but would only start with state-owned TV and radio stations. “If it means cancelling some of the shows, so be it,” he told The Star Friday, adding that the decision was to curb the “influence” of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. He also said the decision will be expanded to cover privately-owned stations as well as satellite TV providers. As for foreign productions, he said the Censorship Board will remove episodes from running TV shows and bar movies with gay characters from being screened locally.
Maglin also said that shows hosted by effeminate men may continue because “they are born this way.”
Savage U Launches April 3rd
The Wrap reports:
“Savage U” will air twelve episodes, each focused on a particular campus and its culture. The schools include the University of Maryland, Ohio State University, East Carolina University, Auburn University, the University of Illinois Chicago, Cornell University, the University of Oregon, the University of Central Florida, Rhodes College, the University of California Irvine, Texas Tech University and Tulane University. The April 3 premiere episode takes place at the University of Maryland. Savage will be joined on his visits to college campuses by producer Lauren Hurchinson, who will offer a female perspective on sex and relationships and, according to MTV, “rein Dan in and keep him in check.”
Golden Globe Award Winner Chris Colfer : I’ll Be Back For Glee Season 4
The Insider reports:
Chris Colfer’s future on Glee was called into question this morning when Fox’s President of Entertainment Kevin Reilly announced at TCA that while the much rumored spinoff was dead in the water, Lea Michele would be back for season four as creator Ryan Murphy had come up with a “cool” way to keep the graduating seniors around.
When asked later whether Chris was also part of that plan, Reilly reportedly “hedged”before saying that hadn’t been decided yet.
But after chatting with Murphy after the panel, Chris Colfer revealed to TheInsider.com that he would 100 percent be back in the fall! In addition to getting his take on this inventive way to keep the graduates around, Chris teased some very intriguing 2012 events when I caught up with him at Fox’s All Star TCA party tonight.
Insider.com: It’s been revealed that Lea Michele will be back next year — will you?
Chris Colfer: Yes. I’m coming back. I’m very excited. A lot of people are sad there won’t be a spinoff but I think they’re going to be very very excited to find out what’s in store – I’m very excited by it. Ryan’s idea is kind of revolutionary. It’s the best of both worlds. Everyone is going to like it.
Insider: Presumably whether or not Kurt and Rachel get into NYADA will factor in, right?
Chris: I think so. I’m not positive. I’m looking forward to seeing if he gets in – knock on wood. It’ll be an interesting episode to watch him and Rachel perform with the other finalists.
Insider: But before we get to either of those things, we have this week’s episode — called Yes/No — which features New Directions recreatingSummer Nights from Grease. Which side does Kurt sing on?
Chris: [laughs] He was with the girls — by my request. Originally he was with the boys but I called Ryan and said, “What do the boys have that Kurt wants?!?” There’s no way he’d be hanging with them. He’d be gabbing with the girls over sandwiches and mac & cheese. He completely agreed and I was put with the girls, which is great because I get to be Rizzo!
Insider: Kurt may be with the girls, but Blaine is with the boys. What do you make of the fact the writers have made him “one of the boys?”
Chris: I think they both just gravitate towards people they identify with. Blaine is gay but he’s more of a guy than Kurt, who is a little more grand than that. I say Kurt is more grandeur than guy [laughs]. But I’m glad our show really shows that it takes all kind of gays to make the world go ‘round: good gays, bad gays, manly gays, less than manly gays. There are all kinds of gays.
Insider: The gang is headed for Regionals, and then presumably, Nationals. Do you want Kurt to finally get that win in his senior year?
Chris: Yes. Selfishly, for the character, I do. As an actor, I hope they win Nationals so they can go to London or something for Globals, or whatever comes next. That would be awesome – singing and dancing in the streets of Rome! Who wouldn’t want that?
Insider: Looking ahead to the other 2012 episodes, what are you excited for fans to see?
Chris: I’m really excited for them to see the Michael Jackson episode – I wear a shocking onesie leather jumpsuit. I’m interested to see what the reaction is to that.
Insider: Compare the onesie to the Gaga lobster heels — which were easier to wear?
Chris: Oh god, the heels were so much more comfortable! I never thought I would say this, but the 10 inch heels I wore in that episode were much more comfortable than the leather jumpsuit.
Insider: Not to get too personal, but how tight are we talking? Did you need to douse yourself in baby powder to get into it?
Chris: There was no room for personal, if you catch my drift [laughs]. But there was baby powder. And I have to say, when you’re singing and dancing all day in a leather onesie, it starts to smell. I don’t have B.O. typically but I actually put a car air freshener inside the jumpsuit and it stained my skin. I had a little yellow Christmas tree on my stomach for a good week! Just in time for the holidays [laughs].
Kristy McNichol Comes Out
Kristy McNichol has been out of the public eye for 20 years. Now she’s chosen to come out – to try to help kids who are being bullied.
McNichol, 49, who has lived with her partner Martie Allen, also 49, for the past two decades, decided to make a statement about her sexuality and share this photo because she is “approaching 50” and wants to “be open about who I am.”
She “is very sad about kids being bullied,” her publicist Jeff Ballard tells PEOPLE. “She hopes that coming out can help kids who need support. She would like to help others who feel different.”
Best known for her Emmy Award-winning role as Buddy Lawrence in the ’70s show Family and later as Barbara Weston in Empty Nest, McNichol left it all behind when she dropped out of Hollywood to focus on her health.
Done with acting, McNichol spends her time focusing on tennis, yoga, travel and raising her beloved miniature dachshunds. “She is very happy and healthy,” says Ballard. “And she enjoys living a very private life.”