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‘Brothers and Sisters’ actor comes out, Daniel Craig on being naked

By |2018-01-16T09:35:50-05:00April 24th, 2009|Entertainment|
Billy Masters

“I wish I could see Brooke, but all she does is work. But she always makes time to visit her friends no matter how busy she is…I preferred Brooke’s first husband, Andre Agassi, over Chris.” – Teri Shields goes public about her strained relationship with her daughter. Maybe that’s part of the problem – that and the fact that the interview was with the “National Enquirer.”

When I first moved to LA, I was more focused on performing and spent several nights a week in the various comedy clubs in town. One of the people I met back then was Jason Stuart, who has gone on to become one of the most successful gay comedians on the circuit – to say nothing of his numerous acting gigs. The premiere of Jason’s here! TV comedy special “Making It to the Middle” was held this past week at an event called “Friends for Life 2: A Night of Comedy,” which benefited LifeWorks, a mentoring organization that provides positive role models to gay youths. I, indelicately, told the paparazzi that I couldn’t care less about mentoring some kid – but when they’re old enough to drink, they can call me. In addition to a clip from Jason’s special, the evening featured uproarious performances from some of my favorite people, including Bruce Vilanch, Alec Mapa, Suzanne Westenhoefer and Wendy Liebman. In attendance was a comedian I didn’t talk to because I wasn’t sure how I could not mention his bad toupee! Of course, I’m harboring some bitterness because when I first moved to LA, my boyfriend was actually sleeping with this questionable comic on the side! I couldn’t believe it. But I got the last laugh – I seduced him while we were watching Princess Diana’s funeral (death always arouses me).

One last thing – when Chad Allen and I greeted each other, I said, “Good to see you.” And he replied, “Good to be seen.” Is it 1952? Do people say that anymore? Maybe he’s trying to bring it back. Frankly, I think the phrase “Good to be seen” can stay where it’s been!

The big gay news of the week is that Luke MacFarlane came out of the closet. Of course, I wouldn’t know him if he was kneeling in front of me, but that’s neither here nor there. He’s on “Brothers and Sisters” and plays a gay character. Because his character is getting married on the show, he felt obliged to come out now and be more “authentic.” Alas, this action is having a domino effect with people speculating about everyone Luke’s ever been photographed with – as if I only go out with gay men (well…). I’ll run some photos of Luke and his buddies on

I am thrilled to announce that my darling Sam Harris and his partner Danny Jacobsen have a new addition to their family. Their son, Cooper Atticus Harris-Jacobsen was born on April 7 and weighed in at 7 pounds, 3 ounces. Congrats, boys.

Mario Lopez looks good. Let’s get that out of the way. He’s got a hot body, a great smile, and those dimples. And he wants to show off all those things during his stint in “A Chorus Line” on Broadway. The problem is, the character of “Zach” is normally wearing a sweater and not smiling. Not anymore. Mario demanded that his body be showcased, and off came the sweater and on went a very tight black tank top. And although the dance captain usually shows the steps, Mario wanted to dance. And, although “Cassie” normally does “Music and the Mirror” while “Zach” watches from the back of the house, Lopez is strangely onstage. And Mario also shows up front and center in the final production number “One” (usurping “Paul,” and altering the emotional climax of the show). He’s all smiles with the cast, but allegedly has been very demanding behind the scenes. Demanding or not, in the photos leaked to us from his dress rehearsal, he looks awfully pretty. We’ll post them on our Web site.

Another dancer has turned up in gay porn. This someone is featured on Bravo’s “Step It Up and Dance.” No, sadly, we’re not talking about the dashing Jerry Mitchell (who looks so scrumptious on screen that I’m even willing to endure the questionable talents of Elizabeth Berkley). Contestant Mike has performed with Christina Aguilera, Kelly Rowland, and even Debbie Reynolds. And he’s also posed nude and fully aroused on various gay porn Web sites. That’s good news to my fans, who can see him in all his glory on

Hunky Daniel Craig is sending out mixed messages about nudity. After the very hot nude scene in his first outing as “James Bond,” Danny stated he wanted to go further in the next flick. However, producer Barbara Broccoli says that, thus far, Craig has resisted her pleas for him to show more skin – “I’m always after him to take his clothes off,” which I’m sure she means in the most professional of ways. She even acknowledges the gay fans by saying, “I have to fight on behalf of all the women, and some men, too.” Those of you who can’t wait until the next “007” flick can catch Daniel in “Flashbacks of a Fool.” The opening scene finds Craig in bed with two women. When asked about the nudity, he laughs and says, “Getting naked on screen has never bothered me. I’ve kind of made a career out of it.” And we’ll show you every inch of Craig on

Rob Lowe seems to have some boundary issues when it comes to nudity. The first inkling of a problem was when his nanny, Jessica Gibson, allegedly demanded $1.5 million or she’d reveal certain secrets that went on the down-Lowe – as it were. Rather than file criminal charges, Rob did something interesting – he went public with her e-mails. Rob also filed a $1 million civil suit against the domestic along with two other employees – another nanny and a chef. And then it got interesting. Gibson hired legal pit bull Gloria Allred and filed her own civil suit against the actor. She then went on national television stating that Lowe repeatedly exposed himself to her and touched her inappropriately. Allegedly, Rob repeatedly placed his hands in her pants and grabbed her buttocks. I’m not sure if that’s inappropriate. Once he’s exposed himself, I say tit for tat!

In this week’s “Ask Billy” question, Neil in St. Louis asks: “I caught part of a movie at a friend’s house where the hunky plumber from ‘Desperate Housewives’ was naked and tied up to some other guy. Do you know what this was and do you have any pics or clips?”

That would be “Undead or Alive,” a film I’ve never heard of starring James Denton and Chris Kattan (formerly of “SNL”). It appears to have gone direct to DVD with the tag line: “Guns don’t kill people. Zombies kill people.” That should tell you all you need to know. At one point in the flick, James and Chris are stripped naked and tied to each other, back to back. That wasn’t particularly titillating, but then they’re moved onto a horse and seated front to back. Not surprisingly, Denton is the top!

When a musical “Saved By The Bell” reunion seems possible, it’s definitely time to end yet another column. Speaking about going back to my roots, Billy will soon be making a BIG announcement. No, I’m not gonna stop highlighting my hair. But for the details, you’ll have to wait until next week. One thing you never have to wait for is the hottest gossip on the web – which, naturally, is at And if you’ve got any questions, feel free to write me at and I promise to get back to you before Mario demands to sing “Tits and Ass”! So, until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.

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