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Kristin Chenoweth, Christian backlash: 'GCB's' gay lover speaks

Denton Everett is a gay ranch hand on "GCB"

"GCB," ABC's midseason Southern sass-fest starring Kristin Chenoweth, just got a little bit better thanks to the introduction of some much-needed beefcake in the form of Denton Everett.

Between the Botoxed socialites of Dallas and the show's real-life political backlash, viewers may have missed Sunday's introduction of a juicy storyline involving closeted husband Blake Reilly (Mark Deklin) and his very handy ranch foreman Booth Becker, played by the delicious Everett. 

The Ministry caught up with Everett (above, in all his "Brokeback" glory) to discuss the series' detractors, show star Chenoweth and the potential for forthcoming man lovin'. 

Denton EverettMinistry of Gossip: "GCB" has generated plenty of controversy from the pilot alone. Tell us about landing the part of Booth Becker, Blake Reilly's ranch-dwelling lover?

Denton Everett: I read four times before landing Booth, driving back and forth from Oklahoma City and Dallas, where we shot the pilot. What's funny is that when we got picked up after shooting the pilot, they'd never seen me without a shirt. So thankfully I kept in shape.

MoG: Thankfully, yes, you made quite an impression in Sunday's episode. How do you feel about the content of the show and its mixed reaction?

DE: I grew up in the church in the South, and for me it's dead on. I wish ABC could've kept the full name, "Good Christian Bitches." But I'm not here to preach to anybody, for me it's just a job. I know a lot of wind has been blown about the show, but it's like Kristin Chenoweth says, sometimes it's OK to laugh with it, not at it.

MoG: It's even drawn ire from people like Newt Gingrich.

DE: For people who react that way, y'all don't even know what the show's about! People who take the time ... to complain, it changes nothing. I mean, you're running for office. I think there's bigger issues to deal with. And let's be honest, it just helps the show's ratings.

MoG: At the end of the second episode [SPOILER ALERT], we find out that Booth and Blake have parted ways after a three-year affair. Is there a chance you'll be back, and that we'll see some action?

DE: I'm hoping! I don't know that this is the last we've seen of Booth Becker. And Mark is great. We were on a TV show called "Lonestar" together but never actually had a scene. My niece loves him and ... when we met on the pilot, I thought, 'Damn those eyes are blue.' He's as nice as he is good looking.

MoG: So you're game for Booth and Blake to throw down?

DE: I could kiss uglier people, I'll tell you that. 

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Top photo: A steamy screengrab of Denton Everett as Booth Becker on "GCB." Credit: ABC

Left photo: A closer look at "GCB"'s resident gay lover. Credit: Todd Farr



Kristin Chenoweth, Dolly Parton rally for GLAAD Media Awards in L.A.

Dolly Parton at the GLAAD Media Awards in L.A. GLAAD made plenty of famous gays and their supporters beyond happy Sunday during the Los Angeles leg of its annual awards show -- by tapping icon Dolly Parton to appear.

Thunderous applause greeted the country star as she hit the stage at the Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, presenting a prize to NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt. Parton spoke sweetly of Greenblatt's varied television productions, all featuring LGBT characters. 

Click here for pics from the GLAAD Media Awards.

The singer was introduced by Amy Poehler, hosting the show with "Parks and Recreation" costar Rashida Jones. As Poehler approached the microphone to hype their special guest, one fan shouted out how much he loved her, to which she replied, "Sit down, Colin Farrell." 

Colin Farrell at the 2011 GLAAD Media Awards in L.A. Not to worry -- Colin Farrell was indeed in attendance, along with Chaz Bono, Joel McHale, Marlee Matlin, Tori Spelling and Lisa Vanderpump.

Shows "Glee" and "Modern Family" both nabbed outstanding comedy series, accepted, respectively, by Chris Colfer and Mike O'Malley, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Julie Bowen and Ariel Winter

Broadway and TV cutie Kristin Chenoweth was presented the Vanguard Award by her "Promises, Promises" leading man Sean Hayes. The pint-sized Broadway star got plenty of laughs and even a few tears during her acceptance speech.

Click the pics for photos from the red carpet.

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Photos, from top: Dolly Parton wows the GLAAD crowd at the Bonaventure Hotel. Colin Farrell courts the attention of Amy Poehler and everyone else. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images 


Sean Hayes to play Larry in Farrelly Bros.' 'The Three Stooges' film

Sean Hayes to play Larry in "The Three Stooges" Sean Hayes is heading to the big screen to play Larry in the Farrelly Brothers' upcoming film "The Three Stooges."

Hayes, 40, who made his way into the heart of television audiences as "Will & Grace's" flamboyant neighbor Jack McFarland, is starring on Broadway in the musical comedy "Promises, Promises."

"Thanks, everyone. I've been honored with the chance to play an iconic member of The Three Stooges. I will make it as funny as I can," the Emmy winner tweeted.

Hayes beat out Sean Penn for the role, Us Magazine reports. But the search is still on for Moe to complete the trio.

Hayes last appeared in movie theaters with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman in 2007 in "The Bucket List." He'll be joining "MADtv's" Will Sasso, who will play Curly, in the slapstick comedy based on the 1930s vaudeville act.

Peter and Bobby Farrelly of "Dumb and Dumber" and "There's Something About Mary" fame recently released the Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis comedy "Hall Pass." The brotherly duo will be working with Twentieth Century Fox to produce "The Three Stooges," set to hit theaters in 2012.

What do you think of Hayes playing Larry? Are you excited to seem him back on the big screen? Let us know in comments.

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Photo: Sean Hayes in New York in April 2010. Credit: Richard Drew / Associated Press.


PREACH IT! Broadway flips Newsweek the bird, hires Sean Hayes for Tonys

Promises Promises

The entertainment business isn’t quite through delivering its prolonged stick-it to Newsweek magazine. Monday, the Tony Awards people tapped Sean Hayes to host their big show June 13, indicating once again -- in so many words -- that Newsweek writers have no clue what acting is all about, and they should just shut it already.

Something tells us that Ramin Setoodeh -- who wrote the original self-hating anti-gay screed that started it all -- will not be scoring a backstage press pass.

As for Hayes, the actor, who is himself up for a Tony for his role in the revival of “Promises, Promises,” Sean Hayes has chosen -- for now, anyway -- to ignore the obvious elephant on the stage. In a statement, he said only, “I am absolutely thrilled to be hosting the Tony Awards. As the new guy on Broadway, it’s an honor to be included in the established alumni.”

Still, we hold out some hope that Hayes will stand up to Setoodeh personally instead of letting friends like costar Kristin Chenoweth speak for him; there’s always the opening monologue, after all.

Is the selection of Hayes overkill? Maybe. And handing Hayes a Tony just because Newsweek beat up on him certainly wouldn’t serve anyone’s interest. (The New York Times said Hayes’ “emotions often seem pale to the point of colorlessness.... And his relationship with Ms. Chenoweth’s Fran feels more like that of a younger brother than a would-be lover and protector.”) But it sure is fun for the rest of us to write about.

Besides, Setoodeh himself still doesn’t seem to get it. He defended his original piece in a follow-up column, essentially insisting that commenters twisted his words.

Maybe we should hire Hayes to host the Oscars too. And the Kids' Choice Awards, and the Razzies, and the Emmys ...

-- Leslie Gornstein

Top photo: Kristin Chenoweth and Sean Hayes at the curtain call for "Promises, Promises" on Broadway. Credit: Charles Sykes / AP

Bottom photo: Sean Hayes. Credit: Richard Drew / AP

Related dispatches from the Ministry of Gossip:

Hey, Kristin Chenoweth -- that Newsweek guy is explaining himself [updated]

PREACH IT! Kristin Chenoweth does our job for us. Thanks, doll! [poll]

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Hey, Kristin Chenoweth -- that Newsweek guy is explaining himself [updated]

Hayes-clooney-web-split Ramin Setoodeh, the Newsweek writer whose article "Straight Jacket" drew the wrath of one Kristin Chenoweth, responded to critics Tuesday, describing what's happened since his essay was published last week and clarifying the point he was trying to make in the first place. 

He says he received a lot of vicious criticism over the weekend, including "e-mails that said I will be fired, anonymous phone calls on my cell phone and a creepy letter at my home." His picture was posted on several blogs, leading inevitably to criticism of his haircut, because that's how the Internet works.

Chenoweth's letter was detailed in a Preach It! post from the Ministry, and though we know this isn't traditional "celebrity" news, we're going to follow up briefly with a few quotes from Setoodeh's response, which can be read in full here.

-- "[W]hat all this scrutiny seemed to miss was my essay's point: if an actor of the stature of George Clooney came out of the closet today, would we still accept him as a heterosexual leading man? It's hard to say, because no actor like that exists"

-- "You can disagree with me if you like, but when was the last time you saw a movie starring a gay actor? The point of my essay was not to disparage my own community, but to examine an issue that is being swept under the rug."

-- "Chenoweth's argument that gay youth need gay role models is true, but that's not what I was talking about. I was sharing my honest impression about a play that I saw."

After reading the original article and Setoodeh's response, do you think Chenoweth was off-base or right on target? Or doth the writer protest too much? If an opinion article has to be explained, perhaps the point wasn't made that well in the first place. Then again, maybe the essay's readers were just too simple-minded to follow the arguments.

Let us know what you think in comments.

[Updated, 7:35 p.m.: "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy has written an open letter, posted at EW.com, asking for a boycott of Newsweek "until an apology is issued to Sean Hayes and other brave out actors who were cruelly singled out" in the "Straight Jacket" article. Murphy also invited Setoodeh to visit the "Glee" writer's room and set. (Setoodeh has tweeted that he likes the show, on which Chenoweth has guest starred.) ]

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photos: Sean Hayes, left, is gay; George Clooney, right, is straight. But would you buy Clooney as a straight male lead if you suddenly found out he was gay? Newsweek writer Ramin Setoodeh says he doesn't know the answer to that question. Credits: Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images, left; Matt Sayles / Associated Press, right 

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PREACH IT! Kristin Chenoweth does our job for us. Thanks, doll! [poll]

Hayes-chen-web It’s a lazy day here for us here at Preach It! Why? Because someone else stepped up and did our job for us. Thank you, Kristin Chenoweth, for calling out Newsweek writer Ramin Setoodeh as a complete, utter and quite possibly self-hating dingbat, and doing with almost as much panache and verbal jiu-jitsu as we would have mustered ourselves.

It all started when Setoodeh posted an article essentially saying that gay actors should stay in the closet. He cited openly gay thespians like Sean Hayes -- star of the Broadway revival of “Promises, Promises” with Chenoweth -- and “Glee’s” Mr. Vocal Adrenaline, Jonathan Groff. Setoodeh’s general point: Gays can’t play straight, because they’re just too gay, gay, gay.

“Frankly,” Setoodeh writes, “it’s weird seeing Hayes play straight. He comes off as wooden and insincere, like he’s trying to hide something, which of course he is. Even the play’s most hilarious scene, when Chuck tries to pick up a drunk woman at a bar, devolves into unintentional camp.”

Of Groff, Setoodeh says, “When he smiles or giggles, he seems more like your average theater queen.”

Setoodeh also argued that none of this hetero bigotry is anybody’s fault. It’s just, like, how we’re raised: “We are molded by a society obsessed with dissecting sexuality, starting with the locker-room torture in junior high school.”

This ticked off some people, including Chenoweth, who wrote an angry letter ...

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Kristin Chenoweth on 'Glee,' Meniere's and Feeding America

Bowling-chenoweth Kristin Chenoweth certainly made another splash returning to "Glee" on Tuesday night, bringing her Broadway belt back to the small screen as boozy April Rhodes.

"You have to know what you're born to do, that you can't do anything else," she said recently by way of advice to hopefuls gunning for new spots in the "Glee" cast. "Then go for it."

Go for it, indeed. This time the script sent her to a skating rink instead of a bowling alley -- probably good news for the actress, who said that in real life she's a really bad bowler, which made looking like a really good bowler pretty tough during her first turn on the Fox hit last fall.

Add to that the fact that the stage veteran found out three years ago that she has Meniere's disease, which affects balance, which is important to rollerskating -- hey wait, are these "Glee" producers trying to get the poor woman killed??

No wonder she's escaped back to Broadway, where she opened in "Promises, Promises" with Sean Hayes on Sunday. At least there she's not required to play any sports.

Fortunately, Chenoweth copes with Meniere's in part by following a low-sodium diet, keeping her stress low and getting as much rest as she can, though her work can push her pretty hard from time to time. "It's there, it's something I have," she says, adding that getting a diagnosis ...

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'Glee' guy Matthew Morrison sings Kristin Chenoweth's praises at the Geffen

Chenoweth bell It took only a couple of "Glee" episodes and the William McKinley High School glee club was smitten with Kristin Chenoweth, the pint-size powerhouse who took a leave from Broadway to play a visiting grad with serious pipes. So Matthew Morrison bounded to the Geffen Playhouse on Monday to sing her praises at the “Backstage at the Geffen” gala, where he presented her with the Distinction in Theater Award.

“My costar Jane Lynch had this to say about Kristen: ‘Because of her compact size and my freakish giantism, I’ve never actually looked her in the eye, but boy, do I feel her genius positively seeping through her pores,’” Morrison said dreamily.

Chenoweth, who’s in rehearsals for a “Promises, Promises” revival on Broadway, responded with a jog down memory lane.

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