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November 05, 2008

Gay for Grey?


If Ellen DeGeneres talked about the now legally disputed passage of Prop 8 this afternoon, we blinked and missed it. She's been a vocal opponent of the gay marriage ban, for obvious reasons, contributed six figures to the No on 8 campaign and starred in a PSA.

Since her own marriage this summer to longtime love Portia de Rossi, she's made the formal coupling part of her on-air schtick (ball and chain jokes, wedding album splayed for all to see, etc.).

Maybe she's still too shocked?

At any rate, her Emmy-winning talk show wasn't without its moment of controversy surrounding The Gays. In this case, it was guest Patrick Dempsey tersely reading a statement that he'd been given by ABC about the unceremonious axing of a lesbian character on "Grey's Anatomy."

Dempsey, a Golden Globe nominee for the ensemble drama, tried to stick to the script, but it seemed clear that he was befuddled and none-too-pleased about the situation in which Brooke Smith's role as a lesbian doctor was hacked. Smith's last episode is tomorrow night.

Show creator Shonda Rhimes has denied that the character was cut because of her gayness or that the Emmy-winning show is being systematically de-gayed.

Maybe we're reading a little too much into it, but a non-poker-faced McDreamy seems to differ.


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Hey man. Prop 8 hasn't really been passed YET-- they are still counting votes (absentee ballots, especially) and it's a real close tie between aye and nay...

i'm hoping for nay...


ABC needs to get the F over themselves. First they decide to air a crappy Christian, pro-pregnancy, anti-choice show (The Secret Life of a Pregnant Teen or whatever it's called) and now they fired an actress for her lesbian character?


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