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Tituss Burgess takes on ‘messy queen’ Andy Cohen

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And Mario Lopez apologizes for offensive comments By BILLY MASTERS

“But at the same time, my God, if you’re 3 years old and you’re saying you’re feeling a certain way, or you think you’re a boy or a girl or whatever the case may be, I just think it’s dangerous as a parent to make that determination then, OK, well then you’re gonna be a boy or a girl, whatever the case may be.” — Mario Lopez shares his thoughts on transgender children during a podcast with pro-Trump conservative Candace Owens.  BTW, he later apologized, saying, “The comments I made were ignorant and insensitive, and I now have a deeper understanding of how hurtful they were.” Remember when summer used to be filled with reruns?  That’s how I’m feeling about this week’s column. Not that the stories are old, but many of them relate to days gone by.  Take our opening quote from Mario Lopez, where he incoherently babbles about transgender children.  Of course, Lopez has been a longstanding ally of the LGBTQ community and has since apologized.  But his rambling reminded me of Miss South Carolina’s answer when Mario hosted the 2007 Miss Teen USA pageant - a moment touted by most as epic in pageant history.  Back then, Mario tried to stifle a laugh.  Watch both clips on BillyMasters.com and see if you can do the same. Tituss Burgess has been flying high on “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and is currently promoting his new CD, “Saint Tituss.”  But everyone is talking about his feud with Andy Cohen.  Tituss was on “What Watch Happens Live” and Cohen asked a viewer question about the film Burgess just made with Eddie Murphy.  Tituss was effusive in his praise for Murphy.  Then Andy

asked, “Did you get to chat with him at all?” Tituss said, “Of course I did.  Why wouldn’t I?”  Cohen added, “I just wondered if you got close at all because he was very problematic for the gays at one point when I was coming up.”  “Oh, I see.  He wasn’t problematic for Tituss ... he was great and any troubles he may have had with gay people I guess are gone because he loved me.” Tituss batted his eyelashes while mouthing and gesturing something to the audience. “What was that?” Andy asked.  “Keep going, girl - do your show,” said Tituss. We’re told that when the live telecast was over, Tituss quickly left the set and refused to sign the guest book, saying, “He knows I was here.”  Kathy Griffin has been everywhere promoting her movie, “Kathy Griffin: A Hell of a Story.” In “People” magazine, she again talks about Andy Cohen, saying during her time at Bravo, “he treated me like a dog. He was one of the worst bosses I ever had.” I’m sure she’ll have a whole lot more to say when she hits Provincetown on Aug. 16 for a pair of shows she’s calling “Sweatin’ For The Gays” at Town Hall.  Despite numerous break-ups, The Go-Go’s will be back in a big way next year.  First off, Showtime will air an extensive, no-holdsbarred documentary about the band, which was shot by Alison Ellwood, who helmed a two-part documentary about the Eagles.  For The Go-Go’s project, she reportedly tracked down everyone who was ever involved with the band and left no stone unturned.  Coinciding with that release, the band will play Washington, D.C. on July 4.  Continues at losangelesblade.com

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