“I’m almost positive a certain beloved daytime talk show host once had me kicked out of a backstage dressing room at the Emmy Awards. I can’t prove it, but this person, who has short blonde hair, has a mean streak that all of Hollywood knows about.” – Kathy Griffin’s clearly afraid to name Ellen DeGeneres. But we’re not – because we have positive stories about both funny ladies in this week’s column.
It was a sad Thanksgiving in the Masters household when we got word that Florence Henderson had died. Only days earlier she appeared on the season finale of “Dancing with the Stars”. Flo was a helluva gal. Actually, she liked to be called a “dame”, apropos of her starring role in the 1967 revival of “South Pacific”. In fact, Henderson performed “There Is Nothing Like a Dame” at last year’s Broadway Backwards, which raised money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the NYC Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center. Yes, Mrs. Brady was always there for us. I have a plethora of stories that I could share, but my most treasured anecdote is from two years ago after her show at the Catalina Bar & Grill. I told her about a friend who had been a child actor and had fond memories of appearing opposite her in the 1970 musical, “The Song of Norway” – her first film. A week or so later I ran into Flo at a party. She told me she couldn’t stop thinking about my friend and how sweet it was that he still thought about her. She then pointed to my phone and said, “Can you record a video on that thing?” I said yes. She asked me to film her sending a message to my friend. That was Flo. RIP.
Social media was all a-twitter with rumors that Mike Pence may have been a star in adult gay films in the past. The allegation was accompanied by a photo of a very hot man indeed. But it’s not Pence. The pup in question is Brad Patton – aka Joel Mangs. First off, Mangs/Patton was born in 1972 – Pence hails from the late ’50s. Patton ended his film career with a bang (or a mang) in 2007, and then continued working as a professional ice skater. He’s won two gold medals at the Gay Games and two silver medals at the World OutGames. He’s also been a member of “Disney on Ice” and appeared on “Dancing on Ice” in the Netherlands.
Time to set the record straight – Elton John will not be singing at Donald Trump’s inauguration. I repeat, Elton John will NOT be singing at Donald Trump’s inauguration, despite a claim made by Anthony Scaramucci, a member of Trump’s transition team. “This will be the first American president in US history that enters the White House with a pro-gay-rights stance. Elton John is going to be doing our concert on the mall for the inauguration.” Really? A mouthpiece for the singer stated, “Elton will not be performing at Trump’s inauguration”.
Believe it or not, it’s time for Billy’s Holiday Gift Giving Suggestions. Let me start by telling all potential vendors that my endorsement can be bought. But until the payola starts rolling in, let’s start off with something that should make everyone happy. My name is Billy Masters, and I’m addicted to the Limited Edition Lindor Peppermint White Chocolate Truffles. These are only available a few weeks each year, and they kinda creep up on you without any notice. I was in CVS to pick up cholesterol medication (probably from eating too many truffles), and saw a Lindor display which said “Buy 2, Get 1 Free”! How could I pass that up? Instead of just a $2 co-pay,I ended up spending close to triple digits stocking up on these little bites of heaven. I hope they restock next week!
If you’ve gotten this far, I’m gonna assume you enjoy reading. Not heavy reading – my fans like reading trash. Something you can breeze through and get a bit of a chuckle out of. If you know someone like-minded, then buy them Kathy Griffin’s new bestseller, “Celebrity Run-Ins: My A-Z Index”. It’s exactly what you want from Kathy – dish about celebrities. And it’s alphabetized! Here’s a little tip – if don’t like reading, get the audio book! It’s available through Audible, or you can go really old school and buy the CDs – read by the author, naturally!
We can squeeze in a very short “Ask Billy” question. Thomas in Baltimore asks, “What do you know about Tom Ellis from ‘Lucifer’? He looks so familiar. Or maybe it’s just because he’s SO hot.”
You may remember the handsome Welsh actor from when he played Robin Hood on “Once Upon a Time”. Nope, not the Robin of Sean Maguire. Ellis played the role first, but had to bow out when the character became a regular the following season because he’d been cast in the USA series “Rush” – which was swiftly cancelled. But you’re in luck. During our research, we learned that Ellis appeared nude in the British series, “The Fades”. And in the spirit of giving, you can check him out on BillyMasters.com.
When we can go from Netherlands to nether regions, it’s time to end yet another column. With the holiday season upon us, you can get lots of ho, ho, hos at www.BillyMasters.com, the site that would make one helluva stocking stuffer. If you’d like some stuffing personally, send me a note (and a photo) to Billy@BillyMasters.com and I promise to get back to you before Elton and Hillary sing “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” at the inauguration! So, until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.