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Rosie O'Donnell vs. Kelly Ripa: When It Comes to Clay Aiken, The Gloves Come Off / Jossip
Rosie O'Donnell vs. Kelly Ripa: When It Comes to Clay Aiken, The Gloves Come Off
— Tue, Nov 21, 2006 —

Whether or not Rosie O'Donnell can call the gays to arms is up for debate, but it seems she lost the argument with Kelly Ripa over the blonde's supposed homophobic reaction to Clay Aiken – who was guest hosting Live With Regis & Kelly – putting his hand on her face. Have we got a third act of prejudice on our hands, following Mel Gibson and Michael Richards? Likely not — just the case of the cute white lady not like the fag putting his hands all over her when it's rumored he enjoys a good fisting. Makes hygenic sense to us.



Comments


No. 1
maggie says:

LISTEN I KNOW THIS IS BEING BLOWN OUT MORE THAN IT REALLY DESERVES. I JUST HAVE TO SAY AS A FAN OF KELLY'S AND NOT REALLY A FAN OF CLAYS IM MORE INFURIATED AT THE WAY MISS RIPA CONDUCTED HERSELF AND COMING ON TV TO RIP INTO A MAN WHO WAS NOT THERE TO DEFEND HIMSELF IS NOT ONLY COWARDLY BUT POOR MANNERED A QUALITY SHE HAS ACCUSED CLAY OF DISPLAYING. LETS FACE IT IF REGIS HAD DONE THIS IT WOULD NOT HAVE MATTERED SO ITS NOT THE ACT ITSELF THAT ANNOYED HER BUT THE PERSON BEHIND THE ACT. I ALSO HAVE TO SAY I DONT KNOW IF I WILL SEE KELLY IN THE SAME INNOCENT LIGHT SHE SO BEAUTIFULLY CASTS APON HERSELF IF SHE WANTED TO MAKE A POINT ABOUT REPECT SHE SHOULD HAVE ENDED WITH IF YOU HAVE NOTHING NICE TO SAY...UNFORTUNATLY SHE MADE A POOR CHOICE ONE WE HAD TO BE EXPOSED TO.

November 21, 2006 2:46 PM
No. 2
Ann says:

Oh, please...Clay is not the victim. He was being pissy all during the show and he was acting like a spoiled little girl. Who the hell wants anyone to put their hands on your mouth???? Kelly wasnt being homophobic, Clay is the one who's the nutcase in doing what he did. HE is creepy creepy person . You dont go arounf putting your hand on someone 's mouth to shut them up especially someone you dont know that well.

November 21, 2006 3:22 PM
No. 3
Sandra says:

Kelly Ripa showed class, as usual!!!!! Clay does not walk on water as much as he and some others think. He acted like a spoiled brat and not a fill-in for Regis. In my opinion, he acted like she was visiting on HIS show.

Rosie talks too much, period!!!! She has the right to voice her opinion, but she tries to make her opinion the only one that counts. Most of the time, she sucks!!!!! She thought of this as "homophobic" because of her own ignorance. She feels sorry for Clay. OH PLEASE!!!!

Kelly, thank you for speaking up and letting Rosie know that she was WRONG!!!! I admire you for letting her know and she should take a little time and shut up so I can enjoy THE VIEW!!!!

November 21, 2006 3:44 PM
No. 4
Stacey says:

PLEASE! I can't even think of the last time MY HUSBAND covered my mouth, let alone a casual aquiantance! I've been married longer that Rosie's been gay! Clay should have never touched Kelly, and it was SO GREAT to have anyone call Rosie on the carpet for one of her many slams in the name of "Gaydom." I heard Kelly apologize to Rosie, but of course Rosie didn't, because Rosie is never wrong. The View is not long for the daily television lineup people, it's just not daytime fodder anymore. Perhaps a better place for The View would be C-SPAN.

November 21, 2006 4:08 PM
No. 5
jeremy says:

whatever, clay sucks. we're all just a little sick of him and his gay dog. he needs to keep his hands to himself.

November 21, 2006 5:02 PM
No. 6
Jaree says:

I think Kelly was correct in her actions. She told Clay on the show not to do that and she expressed it to Regis. That was her perogative. Rosie decided to take it upon herself and use it on her show "The View" and Kelly called her on it. I am for Kelly all of the way. I am so sick of Rosie coming up with her defense on gays. Who give a flip what your sexual origin is. People are people. She feels that she has to defend the gay population everywhere she goes. Rosie said Clay was gay but he never has admitted it. We all know that he is so what the heck. Rosie needs to sit her fat behind down and chill out. She has taken the view in a whole different direction and she has made more enemies since she has been on the show than any other of the others have. What she needs to do is talk Clay into coming out of the closet and stop being so high and mighty. I think he got what he deserves. He was rude and very offensive to Kelly and Rosie can live with that or not.

November 21, 2006 6:01 PM
No. 7
Maria says:

Kelly Ripa showed class! Clay had no right, nor was it his place to think that was "his" show. He was only there as a SUB..S.U.B. SUB!!!! His ego inflating sissy boy has gone long enough that he think he can upstage a HOSTESS and feels he deserves to run the show himself. It was rude, inappropriate, unprofessional and downright nasty of Clay to put his hand on a woman like that. Kelly showed CLASS , acted professional and didn't punch Clay. Because if that was me he'd be knocked to his ass back to North Carolina where he belongs.

If Clay reads this, "Clay, you were only voted for sympathy votes and not for your talent. If you think you can walk in every show and run it like it's yours you got another thing coming. Karma's a bitch. Just remember that."

November 21, 2006 10:37 PM
No. 8
Katie says:

Clay is no victim! I've heard it from the comedian Kathy Griffin (The most funniest s**t caller eva!) and now from Kelly Ripa. It is obvious that he is just not a pleasent nor polite person. I should have predicted that Rosie was going to pull the "gay card." Understanding where she cam from (where she has the right to express her "view") That's just taking something little and blowning it up to make it seem more than it is. I see way to much of that in high school. Which i feel Rosie is acting like. Speaking of...it's not like Kelly is being malicious or deceptive toward Clay (again CLAY IS NO VICTIM) She is given an interview so she would know that the people deserve the truth and the flat out facts. What do you want to do? Bring Clay on so she is not talking "behind his back." What eles is going to do. lie?!? It would have been worse if she didn't tell the truth. Kelly has just as much right to voice her opinion as Rosie.
Yeah maybe that comment can be taken that way, but at least she apologized for how Rosie took that comment. Major kudos for Ms.Ripa. She did the right thing by saying "look this is what happened, here is what i said, sorry if you took that way." Nothing from Rosie!
My best friend is gay and i asked her how she felt about the whole situation. She said, "i don't want anyone touching my face period!" I then asked her how she felt about Rosie thinking Kelly's comment was homophobic and she said, "That's Rosie's problem. Girl needs to grow some skin and not be so nit-picky on what to b*tch about. "
So i guess that the gay population that Rosie is trying to protect is not rallying up too soon. Granted, that's just one friend, but that just goes to show you that your opinion is valid but you can't take things too hard or everything will bother you. Pick ur fights.

I loved when Kelly went "that's a no no!" ...haha!

So yes, Rosie can't always pull the "gay card" all the time and be hyper sensetive and Clay needs to mature...alot.

<3

November 21, 2006 11:09 PM
No. 9
Rupasucksanyway says:

Kelly Ripa... is a nonbody. She is a redneck, and can not stand loosing face. Clay was only joking, and she took it too seriously. Hurray for Rosie, she is the voice for normal people. Princess Rupa needs to grow up, and get a clue. She is not the only person on that show.

November 22, 2006 12:17 AM
No. 10
Mindy says:

Kelly is right. It has to do with spreading germs, not being Homophobic, she was being GERMaphobic.

Somebody needs to learn the difference!

November 22, 2006 2:39 AM
No. 11
Oh Please says:

Kelly Ripa is always rubbing up against Regis and any handsome, hot star. She would not have complained at all if Tom Selleck had done this to her! Yes, Clay was immature, but put it in perspective.

If I was Joy Philbin I'd be royally steamed every single time Kelly had her hands on Regis.

How many times has Kelly put her hands on Regis's feet? BLECH. Germophobia??!! I think not.

Kelly can't have it both ways, and as much as I used to like her, she's turned into a diva just like Kathie Lee did.

How does Regis do that?!

November 22, 2006 7:35 AM
No. 12
CarolHauglum says:

I have always respected both Kelly and Rosie. In this case, I believe Kelly had the more valid argument. Aiken was just plain rude, no matter what his sexual orientation is. My response to Rosie is: " It's about good manners, stupid!" Not every issue is related to whether or not people accept the gay lifestyle. Sometimes, as a teacher, I wonder how her kids react to all this gay defense talk! They're trying to be a normal family!

November 22, 2006 1:53 PM
No. 13
Rita oliva says:

Kelly was so nice at the beginning. What happened?
She turned into Regis??s worst nightmare...I know you could tell. BUT THIS WOW THIS TAKES THE CAKE AS IF MISS ANOREXIA WANNABE OVER HERE IS SO SACRED THAT POOR JO SHMO THAT WON IDOL CAN??T KID AROUND WITH HER. SHE HAS THROWN HERSELF ON REGIS AND NICK LASHEA AND OTHER GUESTS IT??S EMBARRASING.

November 22, 2006 3:05 PM
No. 14
stewieiscute says:

clay aiken is the nobody. He is a condescending little douche who almost won a talent show. His 15 minutes are so done. He is struggling to keep his head above water and is only still around because of a bunch of nutcase ( for the most part) elderly women. His singing is horrible of late, his music has already been done, and better by the originals, and he hasn't an ounce of stage presence to save his life. His attempt at talk shows has failed terribly and I think he should invest what money he has left and get out.

November 22, 2006 3:59 PM
No. 15
Edna says:

I love Rosie, but she has become the gay that cried gay! Get over it ROSIE! Quit making every issue about being gay! Congratulations on coming out and taking pride in who you are, but you are beginning to sound more prejudice than you are making everyone else out to be. Just like the "white man" who couldn't get a job playing basketball, "ITS BECAUSE I'M WHITE ISN'T?" But you just can't convince him that it's because he just doesn't know how to play. Yeah, Kelly rubs up on cute men, who wouldn't, but have any of them clamped their hands over her mouth while she was talking? Clay was being child-ish! He just does not know how to conduct himself on a sophisticated show like Live! Why don't they just make him the next host of BLUE's Clues! Or give him a show like PEE-WEE's Playhouse. He would do great. Keep him away from classy people like Kelly, and SHUT UP already ROSIE.

November 22, 2006 4:01 PM
No. 16
moe says:

Yea for Kelly Ripa. I never watch any of that crap, but I can't stand Rosie. What a whack job! No one would know who this lady was if it weren't for the way she ambushes people on the air. I'm so glad Kelly Ripa put her in her place. Somebody should tell Rosie to shut her fat mouth.

November 22, 2006 4:24 PM
No. 17
Katie says:

I really don't know how i feel about Rosie. Yeah she is funny and i laughed my ass of watching her Barbra Streisand spiel on Comic Relief 2006 but i really have no respect for someone who tells someone they deserve cancer. (remember her whole magazine editor controversy.) It's amazing how sardome can get to ur head. Rosie needs to stop making something out of nothing.
I don't care who the hell you are. I don't care if you are clay or Tom Selleck. NO ONE should touch your face or mouth like that. Don't lie. You know you would hate if someone touched you mouth like that. Honestly. You are a guest. You should act professional to your host and hostess. Yeah they were playing around but you should really know where the line is.

November 22, 2006 4:31 PM
No. 18
Reni says:

Rosie is so "heterophobic" that she sees gay bashing in such an innocuous remark. I am rarely bothered by this type of thing but Rosie's remark was so off base and ridiculous that it has angered me. That is a comment I've made before and it wasn't calling someone gay. Kelly didn't say where she thought Clay's hands were. Give me a break.

Rosie is a loon to make that generic remark read like a homophobic slur. It is a rare person that allows someone they barely know to touch their mouth.

I am so sick of overly sensitive gays acting like everyone is out to get them. Rosie is rabid on her newfound homosexual agenda. Heterosexuals don't stand on the rooftops and holler that they are into the opposite sex. Homosexuals aren't special. They don't deserve special treatment and personally I don't want to know who you sleep with. Get over yourself.

November 22, 2006 4:42 PM
No. 19
janet says:

who is clay aiken and why should I care?

November 22, 2006 4:50 PM
No. 20
michelle maod. says:

If Kelly had a problem with this, the mature, professional thing to do was bring it up after the show, not during the show, so unprofessional. Was this a power trip? I think so. Too bad, I used to love to watch the show, now I'm not so sure

November 22, 2006 6:10 PM
No. 21
michelle maod. says:

If Kelly had a problem with this, the mature, professional thing to do was bring it up after the show, not during the show, so unprofessional. Was this a power trip? I think so. Too bad, I used to love to watch the show, now I'm not so sure

November 22, 2006 6:11 PM
No. 22
Tracy says:

I agree . Kelly needs to lighten up. I dont' know why on earth they keep her around. I have watcher her on many occassion and as a woman I have to say that her professionalism leaves A LOT to be desired!

November 22, 2006 6:17 PM
No. 23
ManTurds says:

Rosie is just a sour comedian that has found her calling ambush insulting and accusatory publicity at the expense of a heterosexual celebrities. She's never been that funny, her charity is dis-ingenious and worn on her shoulder. She needs to stay off the view and go spread the seeds of her self hate on her own show.

November 22, 2006 7:12 PM
No. 24
Jeff says:

Who is Clay Aiken?

November 22, 2006 7:13 PM
No. 25
Asure says:

Whose side are you on?
Rosie 12%
Kelly 88%

says it all

November 22, 2006 7:19 PM
No. 26
KP says:

I don't think Kelly is homophobic. Clay is kind of creepy. But as I watched the clip I could not help but notice that Kelly--a professional-- was not going to let Clay get a word in edgewise. Clay obviously knew it too, so he decided to try to make the hand-over-mouth gesture a comic one. Kelly--as a professional-- could have laughed along with it instead of making the guests and the audience very uncomfortable. Does anyone really believe that all hosts and celebrity guests all like each other? Of course not, but you usually can't tell when they are being broadcast professionals puting the entertainment before their personal feelings. Kelly was not mature enough to do that.

November 22, 2006 7:20 PM
No. 27
Jeff says:

I just seached online for "Clay Aiken". Imdb lists him as the the fourth mini "Heat Miser" in the Rankin Bass Christmas special "The Year Without A Santa Claus".
Ther are no search results for this Rosie O'Donnell of whom you speak of.

November 22, 2006 7:20 PM
No. 28
stats3599 says:

I think Kelly is hot but what's the deal with her???.....she did the same thing to Regis not long ago. She placed her hand over his mouth but I guess she forgot. I do think it was purely a reaction of her being homophobic. Just my opinion but when she did that to Regis, that was ok and now when people question Clay's sexuality, she reacts....very bizzarre....she is still a MILF!

November 22, 2006 7:33 PM
No. 29
Jeff says:

Further online research for an image of "Rosie O'Donnell" caused my browser to crash, my monitor split down the middle, and my printer vomited ink.
The image I received just prior to this carnage was....nightmarish...I can't put it into words....

November 22, 2006 7:33 PM
No. 30
toricita says:

Miss Rupa, or princess rupa, has for the last few years touched regis's feet, kissed Wilmer Valderamma on the lips, and cuddled all handsome guests, SHE IS NOT GERM PHOBIC.... it was a gay issue for sure. Watch it and you will see. Do not comment if you do not truly know what is going on.

November 22, 2006 7:37 PM
No. 31
Jeff says:

Since "toricita" says: "Do not comment if you do not truly know what is going on", all further discussion is ended. Please submit all comments to "toricita" for approval.
After all, only "toricita" "truly knows what is going on"

November 22, 2006 7:53 PM
No. 32
Morgan says:

I think rosie is totally wrong!!
I think rosie is just looking for a problem. If some man that i didnt know that well just put his hands over my mouth or on my face i would react just like Kelly did. I think that Kelly handled the problem just right. To tell you the truth i think that rosie is nuts because Kelly made nothing close to a homophobic remark. Maybe rosie doesnt know because of her sexuality that most men hold there peanice while urinating? My god does rosie not have a life because she nags and makes problems of the littlest things. I think that people that agree with rosie are just as crazy as her no matter what sexuality you are. Watch the video and watch as kelly gets uncomfortable, put yourself in kelly's position wouldnt you feel uncomfortable?
BY THE WAY GET A FRICKEN LIFE ROSIE!!!!!
YOU GO GIRL KELLY!
I think that if i was in kelly's position i would have over reacted but as i will say again she handled the problem just right and very professional.
I wouldnt want to be talked crap about just because stupid rosie o'donnell doesnt know what see talking about.
that is my comment about this whole incident

November 22, 2006 7:59 PM
No. 33
Sheley says:

Ok I love Kelly and I'm not a fan of Clay but what Kelly did was wrong. She never let him have a chance to ask a question...she is the professional Clay isn't. He doesn't know what is wrong or right when it comes to interviewing people. Kelly who never have been angry with Regis if he did it. Everyone would have laughed just like they did when Clay did it. (Until she said what she did and made everyone uncomfortable) She did the SAME thing to REGIS in Febuary. If she was so worry about where his hands have been. There was not once but twice Kelly took gum that Regis was chewing and once when they had a guest on, I can't remember who it was but they chewed the gum and Kelly then put it in HER mouth. Now that is gross. She so rude for what she did to Clay and making Emmitt and Cheryl very uncomfortable. Kelly is the professional talk show host not Clay.

November 22, 2006 8:23 PM
No. 34
alexander says:

I believe that there is no use AT ALL to argue and to post shows like these on the net. I believe that areguying over this little thing is really immature. I mean come on..Kelly is right! Who knows where the hell clay put his hands...but let me tell you this..Clay DID NOT EVEN TAKE 5 SEOCNDS TO EXCUSE HIMSELF FOR WHAT HE DID TO KELLY!! HE has noooo right....kelly, as a much classy person, who is the HOST OF THE SHOW CAN ASK AS MUCH QUESTIONS AS SHE WANTS TO!! A guest cannot shut her mouth with their hand just because she is tlaking to much.. Rosie O'donell is just over-reacting..just because you are gay does not mean you shouold take everything in a homphobic, gay, lesbian situation. Mistakes are commited and you shouldnt use them as a reason to say Oh well he/she hates gays and lesbians..COME ON!!!

November 22, 2006 8:59 PM
No. 35
Dave Kennett says:

I haven't had any respect for Rosie since she ambushed Tom Selleck regarding his membership in the NRA. (See http://www.nrawinningteam.com/norosie.html for a complete transcript)

The hypocrite at the time was a spokeswoman for Kmart, the biggest distributor of rifles and handguns in the US.

November 22, 2006 11:02 PM
No. 36
C.velek says:

First, I have to congratulate the marketing team at ABC for a job well done. This is not a gay vs. straight issue nor a Kelly vs. Rosie issue, it's an ABC marketing tactic to increase viewership from those who wouldn't ordinarily watch morning tv. Honestly, who gives Sh*t.....I'm glad I work

November 22, 2006 11:07 PM
No. 37
Rick says:

Haha look at this PIC, its all right for this homophobic to spread her disease with Regis.

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c189/maikenmyhearthappy/ripa060215_10.jpg

November 22, 2006 11:14 PM
No. 38
D C says:

Kelly was rude to Clay by not allowing him any opportunity to ask a question as the guest host. If guest hosts aren't permitted to take part in the interviewing what is the point of having someone fill in when Regis is away?

She was wrong in my opinion. I also believe that she loves herself way too much. I watched her for years on ALL MY CHILDREN and on the sit-com she shared with Faith Ford. She is getting too big for her britches so to speak.

My husband has been telling me for a long time that he dislikes her because she thinks she is so great. I am now inclined to agree with him. I previously defended her.

If she was so concerned about germs she could always have something such as Purell on the set to use during commercial breaks. Since she has 3 children she is more likely to catch something from them [schools are full of germs] than she would an adult that should know how to wash his hands.

November 23, 2006 12:09 AM
No. 39
Jamille says:

I don't care what Clay's sexual orientation is....if Kelly don't want him to touch her face, then that is her business. It doesn't matter what she allows Regis to do....if she don't feel comfortable with what Clay did...then that is her right. He was rude throughout the entire show, and there was NO EXCUSE FOR IT!!! Rosie, need to shut up! Hopefully, she doesn't teach her kids to behave this way.

November 23, 2006 12:12 AM
No. 40
Over it already in NJ says:

1) Why the Heck is Clay covering for Regis...? That's absurd to begin with!
2) If ANYONE put their hand over my mouth like that, I'd of given then a peice of my mind (but if on TV it would have been AFTER the show..) Get some manners kid and go back to your hick life if you don't know how to behave!
3) I think both Kelly and Rosie have a right to express their view points. and... I'm glad they both got to say their peice.
4) What if Clay isn't gay...? everyong thinks he is now! Maybe he should thank Rosie for finally being TRUTHful even if he couldnt' be.
5) WHO REALLY CARES!! He is a no one, Rosie and Kelly are mature enough to represent their differences and worked it out. Besides,,, maybe there is a little "talk Show" competition going on behind the scenes and they have hidden agendas.
Either way -- watch or don't watch the DIVAs... everyone is entitled to their VIEW :-)
Peace out!

November 23, 2006 12:41 AM
No. 41
One more thing says:

And... if Mario Lopez was the one who put his hand over her mouth and she said she didn't know where his hands had been (and rolled her eyes in the same way) people would have immediately taken that as a crack at his FLING with his Dance Partner Karina... Sorry to say Kelly but regardless of what you mean, people's perception of current events or sexuality are the FIRST thing that comes to mind when COMMENTS are made...

November 23, 2006 1:12 AM
No. 42
toricita says:

Thanks Jeff!!! New someone would see it my way!!!!

Big Kisses and a smelly hand over your face....

hahahahaha....

November 23, 2006 2:05 AM
No. 43
Christopher Longaway says:

Hey, I am no Kelly fan, and I sure don't find her attractive. But God knows, I would love to let her give me head. Then if she kissed someone, they could be like "Keep your lips off me, I don't know where they have been! Plus, your breath smells a little bit like bleach!".
This is the best solution. Think about it. I win. Kelly wins. Rosie wins. Clay can watch, so he wins. Hell, we would tape it, and put it on the internet for free, so everybody can see it, so Everybody wins.
Am I right or what?

November 23, 2006 2:58 AM
No. 44
bro.man says:

Who gives a f**K!! Ripa is fag lover and fat rosie well..we all know nobody gives a s**t what she says!! Noboody cares bout her in real life unless you count that old b*tch walters!! Now..ripa is a fine piece of *** but thats all she is!! rosie is a fat poor excuse for human being! If she wasn't having "lunch" with that old hag walters..she would be outta of a job!!

November 23, 2006 3:06 AM
No. 45
Christopher Longaway says:

Whoa, bro.man, brother, you have a lot of hate, chill, bro.
What you need is a good piece of ass. That will calm you down.
I ask you and all the other guys this; if you were on a deserted island, with just you and Kelly, and there is no other pussy, or lubricant on the island, would you still hate Kelly, or would you try to get to know her so you could fuck like a wild monkey? Mind you, you will never get off this island.
I would fuck her. And I am only attracted to dark skinned black women with big breasts and ass that have braided hair. I WOULD FUCK HER, GIVEN THE CIRCUMSTANCES. WOULD YOU?

November 23, 2006 3:30 AM
No. 46
bro.man says:

YEAH!! I said: she was a piece of ***!! I would just f**k her ever now and then til i die on the f**kin island!!! LMMFAO!

November 23, 2006 3:44 AM
No. 47
Pandora says:

"That's a 'No, No'. I don't know where that hand's been, honey."??? Kelly Ripa to her guest co-host Clay Aiken on Friday November 17, 2006 episode of ABC???s ???Live with Regis and Kelly???.

Is this a homophobic comment?

Let???s take a closer look ?????????.

I watched Friday???s show of ???Live with Regis and Kelly??? which had Clay Aiken as the guest co-host as well as Monday???s show where Kelly Ripa discusses with Regis Philbin her opinion on what happened on Friday???s show.

On Monday???s show she was clearly pissed off with Clay Aiken (which was uncharacteristic of her to display anger towards any guest). The question is???Why?

On the surface you can see why she would be upset with anyone putting their hand over her mouth, however, looking at Friday???s show as a whole coupled with the show that aired on Monday November 20th, 2006) it is obvious much more is going on here.

It???s not unusual for two people to not ???click??? ??? personalities clash ??? no big deal, you move on.

But what is unusual is Kelly Ripa bringing public attention to this ???personality clash???.

Over the weekend the ???blogosphere??? circulated a report ???allegedly??? leaked out by someone at ABC. It stated that an incident occurred on Friday???s episode between Kelly Ripa and Clay Aiken.

Soon a video snippet of Clay Aiken putting his hand over Kelly Ripa???s mouth floated through the blogosphere as ???video proof??? that an incident had occurred.

By Monday morning Kelly Ripa admitted to receiving many phone calls asking her to comment on ???what really happened between you and Clay Aiken???.

Kelly Ripa told Regis that she felt that Clay Aiken was disrespectful towards.

Was Clay Aiken out of line when he put his hand over her mouth? Hmmm???

Kelly Ripa is known for using physical comedy on her show and will use just about anything as a prop for comedic effect. She has also put her hand over Regis??? mouth a few times over the years! See below:

http://pic15.picturetrail.com/VOL598/3437964/13861091/206977934.jpg

That is the nature of her show and the role she plays on it. .

It is obvious that Clay Aiken was being playful. But was it inappropriate considering the venue?

Anyone who watched Fridays show will see that Kelly Ripa did ignore him and clearly would not permit him to ask questions. Why was that?

He was her guest co-host and she should have been more professional towards him.

Has he ever hosted a show before? No.

It was Kelly???s responsibility as host to help guide him through the interview. She failed to do that.

All anyone can do is speculate about what went on behind the scenes.

Did they have spat off air?

Kelly Ripa dressed up in Halloween costume as Clay Aiken and then proceeded to kiss Regis who was dressed up as Bo Bice (another singer from American idol).

Was Clay Aiken upset about that?

Perhaps, Clay Aiken felt disrespected at being made the butt of so many jokes?

Who knows?

ABC???s The View ??? which has Hot Topics segments (Pop Culture, Current Events etc.)

Tuesday November 21, 2006 ??? Rosie O???Donnell during the ???Hot Topics??? segment of The View says that in her opinion Kelly Ripa???s comment was homophobic.

It???s not so much what Kelly Ripa said but HOW she said it.

"That's a 'No, No'. I don't know where that hand's been, honey."

The emphasis is on the word ???honey??? delivered in an effete manner by Kelly Ripa.

Kelly Ripa wouldn???t have said those words with an effete intonation to a straight man.

She said it in an effete manner because she feels (or believes) that she was speaking with a gay man. Perhaps, she has gay friends and is comfortable being sassy with them by using queer
vernacular. Who knows.

In an unusual move by the producers of The View they allowed Kelly Ripa to call in on air and discuss this with the panel during the Hot Topics segment.

She stated that Clay Aiken was disrespectful to her on her own show and that in no way was her comment homophobic.

Kelly Ripa also said that Rosie was outrageous and irresponsible and ???should know better??? for even talking about the incident in that way.

All Rosie said was that, as a gay person, she felt (in her opinion) the comment was homophobic.

Where was Rosie coming from? Read on??????..

Kelly was condescending to Rosie by saying ???you should know better???.

Rosie has a right to voice her opinion on her own show.

It was not Rosie who made this a celebrity news item. It was Kelly Ripa.

Kelly could have let this go the moment she finished taping the show with Clay Aiken.

Rosie & The View were giving Kelly a venue to ???sort it all out???. She did not use it wisely.

It did not end there.

Kelly repeated her earlier statements before adding that Clay Aiken was sexist.

The flimsy argument that Clay Aiken would not have done that with Regis Philbin is absurd.

If Regis Philbin had been the host that day he would have let Clay Aiken ask questions during the interview as his guest co-host.

If you watch the show regularly Kelly Ripa often flirts with the male co-hosts (example: Jeff Probst).

She never would have treated a ???straight??? male guest co-host as badly as she has Clay Aiken.

She went on to comment further about Clay Aiken???s psychological make-up!

Kelly Ripa felt that because Clay Aiken was bullied at some time in his life he was now ???taking it out??? on her.

Whoa! Now he???s an abuser?

What???s going on here?

Clay Aiken has never openly come out as a gay man.

Both ???The View??? and ???Live with Regis and Kelly??? had Clay Aiken on as a guest in the past year and neither of the hosts asked him during the interviews to address the rumours of his sexuality.

But the issue is not his sexual orientation.

The issue is the sexual innuendo/comment directed towards him for comedic effect by Kelly Ripa.

Kelly Ripa was wrong to treat Clay Aiken the way she did through out the taping of the show.

She was cold and controlling of the interview. She was a poor host.

Clay Aiken was wrong to place his hand over Kelly Ripa???s mouth even in jest (bad manners).

BUT considering the venue of the show and who he was with - it was not that out of place.

He was obviously a little nervous and wanted to participate in the show ??? after all, that was the reason he was there, as guest co-host.

Kelly Ripa should have let the story end was she finished taping the show. But she chose not to.

It served no purpose to respond to rumours circulating in the blogosphere.

The media baited her and got what they wanted which was a scandal / celebrity feud.

It is November sweeps after all.

"That's a 'No, No'. I don't know where that hand's been, honey."

Was Kelly Ripa???s comment homophobic?

Yes - it was.

It was a sexual innuendo.

Clearly she wanted to publicly belittle him. Apparently she could find no other way to control the interview, than to put Clay Aiken in ???his place???. That was arrogant of her.

Kelly Ripa has made this an issue for herself because Clay Aiken is perceived to be gay and in her mind it was ok to make a sexual innuendo concerning his sexual orientation.

In her mind it was ok to make "the fag" the punchline to a joke.

November 23, 2006 5:05 AM
No. 48
julia says:

Hmm..."Pandora" sounds a lot like Rosie O'Donnell, up early on Thanksgiving and surfing to see how this whole mess has affected her (precipitously dropping) Q Score. It's even written like one of Rosie's smarmy little haikus, except for the clever spelling of the word "rumour," in a dismal attempt to make us all forget she's from Long Island...(Hint: Rosie, go and check out People.com -- you're trailing 88% to 12%...)

Who cares if Kelly was saying it as though she believes Clay is gay? That doesn't make her homophobic, anymore than the sexual repartee she trades with straight guys makes her "hetero-phobic."

I used to love Rosie's show in the mid-nineties. I think she's a good parent and her documentary about the gay family cruise was touching and well done. But I am sick, sick, sick to death of her seeing bigotry where there simply is none. And here's a newsflash, Rosie. You're not the only one who gets to be loud and opinionated. Believe me, we all know you're gay. You don't have to keep reminding us. Why are you so insecure about it? And since Clay Aiken (gay or not) has clearly declined to publicly say he is gay, why would you drag that fact out just to increase your own profile? It's mean, and disrespectful, and if you think about it -- HOMOPHOBIC. You can't stand it if someone chooses to live their gay lifestyle quietly, and that is bigoted in itself.

November 23, 2006 7:49 AM
No. 49
Mark says:

Looks to me like Kelly Ripa has a credibility problem. Go to the blog Towleroad (link below) and scroll down to "Clay Aiken and Kelly Ripa: Talk to the Hand" for an inconveniently incriminating photo of Kelly covering Regis Philbin's mouth in the exact same offending position to which she so strenuously objected - http://towleroad.typepad.com/towleroad/.

Moving on to the larger..."debate" (I can't believe a minor debate has erupted over this). No one is discussing the real issue here: with all her reflexive Gay rights histrionics Rosie O'Donnell outed Clay Aiken, exploiting his weakness for her own personal politics...and ratings. Not cool. A few years ago Rosie O'Donnell was Clay Aiken: a deeply closeted public figure deflecting rumors about vague sexual orientation. I doubt she would have been pleased to be outed during her closeted talk show period or to have her sexuality debated, even implicitly, on national television. Fortunately for her, Rosie was able to choose a safe and comfortable moment to address the public regarding her sexuality. Regretfully, she cannot allow Clay the same. Every lesbian and gay person deserves the right to come out on their own terms and on their own time, regardless of how misguided they appear to us (and Clay does appear slightly wacked). Exploiting closeted gay people just is not cool.

Here's my take: Clay is terrified of the Ricky Martin curse. After his 15 minutes of fame he will come out and no one wll really care...or remember who he is.

November 23, 2006 10:35 AM
No. 50
Megan says:

The Homophobic charges against Kelly Ripa are absolutely unfounded, laughable in fact.
The situataion was; Kelly as a professional talk show host was walking a GUEST host through an established day to day operation that is not mastered quickly. Clay Aiken is not only NOT a professional in his own field, but where does he get off getting pissy about not getting a word in on a talk show?
Dead air is dead air, Kelly understands that. Love her or hate her, talking is her job and regardless of how she felt about it she had Clay under her wing and was railroading through the interview to mitigate Aiken's awkward "UMM ERR GEE, Emmitdoyouliketodance?" style of question.
As Rosie spoke to; Clay is a young kid in a hard place. That's not something that Kelly wasn't aware of, in fact was trying to minimize how obvious his discomfort, and radiating tension was.
How dare he get uppity like that. There's a time and a place for physical comedy and mid-interview is not that place, maybe, maybe if you're talking to Chevy Chase. But that's a mistake that a professional MIGHT make, not green n' tender Aiken who did what he did out of frustration. Frustration not out of his sexual orientation but at being the lesser of two hosts.
Frankly, whatever Kelly meant by "I don't know where that hand's been" doesn't matter. His actions came completly out of left field and she was trying to make light of his wierdness.
Also Rosie's a blowhard and if she really cared about Clay she wouldn't have brought it up on her show, she would have called him and said "You screwed up kid, call Kelly and apologize. Then pray that show invites you back just for an interview"

November 23, 2006 11:10 AM
No. 51
Diana says:

It is about time someone shut Ripa Up! Ripa is a conceited snob and a hypocrite! Ripa has put her hands all over Regis and has kissed and petted and touched many guests. She is a hypocrite and flat out lied to Rosie! Cold and Flu Season my a--! Rosie is right. i am so proud of Rosie sticking to her view. Her instinct was on point! Go Rosie! You rock! TEAM ROSIE! If it were Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise, Ripa would not have made it a big deal. Ripa was clearly very agitated with Clay from the beginning of the show. He was nervous and playful and could not get a word in because of that clacking fried chicken. And to make a reference from Howard Stern!!! POLEEZE!!! What a total loser! ...

November 23, 2006 1:04 PM
No. 52
Amber says:

I am not gay so don't start thinking oh she is just saying this cause she is gay to, my view as a non gay person is still this :
What Kelly Ripa did discusted me. Clay Aitkin (whom I have never listened to as I am into rock) was just joking around about not getting a word in put his hand over her mouth, it was funny. And the way she said "I don't know where that hand has been honey" and her facial expression indicated it wasn't just because of cold and flue season. I have seen her cozy up to non-gay people without hesitation. You see people always associate gay men as being dirty, or having aids, etc. Wake up people its the year 2006, stop thinking like that. And news flash kelly, a straight man that you touch could have had his fingers in many dirty places as well, think of all the holes on a female body lol. Just to prove that when u use that tone and make that face you mean something else, not that it is cold season, but when my straight friends male or female put their hand in my face if i feel like making a silly comment, i'll say the same with the same tone especially if they just came from their boyfriends or girlfriends just to tease them and give them a hard time. The difference is however, they know I don't really care or truly mean it lol and they are not gay and I am saying it because I am implying they just had sex lol. So what she did was a gay thing I am convinced, it was in ill taste and terrible. The next time she cozies up to a straight man I hope he just got done picking his nose or not washing his hands when he uses the bathroom.

November 23, 2006 7:07 PM
No. 53
Michelle says:

July 10, 2003, issue of Rolling Stone magazine...

???One thing I???ve found of people in the public eye,??? Aiken says, ???either you???re a womanizer or you???ve got to be gay. Since I???m neither one of those, people are completely concerned about me.???

Dear Kelly,

Your disrespectful, ill-mannered and hostile treatment of Clay Aiken, while he attempted to co-host on Friday, November 17, was surpassed by your even more disrespectful, ill-mannered and hostile treatment of him on Monday, November 20. Shame on you! Almost from the moment last Friday???s show began, you did everything you could to humiliate, embarrass and insult him. Since then, I have seen the homophobic ???Halloween costume??? episode in its entirety. Let me refresh your memory. You dressed up to look like Clay, ???sang,??? and then proceeded, as Clay, to smother Regis, who was dressed as Bo Bice, with a face full of kisses. Is that little homophobic event coming back to you now? Do you have a conscience? What had Clay Aiken ever done to you personally to warrant your ridicule and rumor mongering? I???m disgusted with everyone associated with LWRK for allowing that homophobic event to occur two years ago.

On Friday, you were sitting next to a young man highly committed to making this world a better place for children with disabilities and those otherwise in need. Instead of focusing on the good he is doing, you chose to harass him with a photo of a cat, shabbily exploiting his phobia. It was obvious from the start of the show that the audience was not ???your??? audience, but Clay???s. Amazingly, you even became hostile toward the audience. You capped off your personal attacks against Clay by verbally elbowing him out of most of the rest of the show.

Did you expect Clay to just sit back and take your abuse? If you did, then you are also guilty of not doing your job. If you had bothered to find out anything factual and true about Clay, instead of relying on totally discredited sources like Howard Stern (more on HS later), you would have known that Clay is anything but a pushover or anything else suggested by Howard. You know now that Clay is quick-witted, well informed and challenging, but never mean-spirited. Too bad that such a little taste of your own medicine was so bitter for you. At no point did Clay pray on your fears, make fun of your appearance, slander your character or spread lies about you. No, that???s your exclusive MO.

I wish Clay had not teasingly put his hand over your mouth as you have done to Regis on at least three separate occasions documented by screen caps on your fan site. But, nothing Clay said or did on Friday came even close to warranting your vicious attack of Monday. Everything you accused him of you are guilty of yourself. If you already disrespected him so much, why did you have him on the show? Just to humiliate, embarrass and insult him? None of this is really about Clay, is it? It???s about what???s inside you, Kelly.

If Howard Stern ever called me, I would keep it a shameful secret and take it to my grave. On Monday morning, your studio audience was palpably appalled and stunned by your vicious and unwarranted attack on Clay. Neither your studio nor your viewing audience has ever before witnessed such a personal vitriolic spewing forth of hatred by one entertainer for another. That your target was Clay Aiken is incomprehensible! There was no chance of empathy or credibility for your irrational and mean-spirited rant, but had there been, you would have stamped it out for good when you mentioned Howard Stern and the morally reprehensible ???amusement??? he provided you at Clay???s expense.

Finally, I hope that as you ponder the events of Friday and Monday, you will find it in yourself to critically examine your attitude, motives, agendas and behavior. You need to own why it???s in your best interest to treat others as you clearly wish to be treated. Clay Aiken is too fine a person to treat you as poorly as you treated him. Your next guest/co-host might make a different choice.

Clay sent you flowers with a note of apology during your show on Wednesday, November 22. When do you plan to mention his apology on your show? However wronged by your hypocrisy, it's no surprise that he held to the standard of the consummate gentleman he is. Maybe, from now on, you'll know one when you see one.

November 23, 2006 11:07 PM
No. 54
Donna says:

Michelle, are you Clay Aiken? Or are you his personal friend? If you're just a fan, how can you know him so intimately? And if you do know him personally (or are him) how can you be unbiased?

1. Clay was rude and obnoxious to Kelly long before the hand incident. He made many comments which were designed to put her down, including trying to interrupt her in the incident in question and saying she talked too much. He was a GUEST host. He is a former self-described "geek" from Tennessee who happened to be the runner-up in a talent competition. He's not Mike Wallace. Kelly was supposed to carry the ball, and she did. He spent the whole week acting like he was Sean Hayes and Kelly was Megan Mullaly. You have to EARN that sort of rapport.

2. Re: Kelly's Halloween skit -- why is it "homophobic" to depict men kissing, since that's what gay men do, and presumably aren't ashamed of? The literal translation of "homophobic" is "fear of gays" (well, actually, it's fear of men, but that's not how we use it in the vernacular). Why is making fun of gay people in good humor "homophobic?" "Will and Grace" did it every week and the show was lauded as a virtual paean to gay people.

3. Have you written another "open letter" to Jimmy Kimmel for being "homophobic" when he introduced Tori Spelling at the American Music Awards (in an obviously tongue-in-cheek fas;hion) as "carrying Clay Aiken's baby?"

4. If Clay is gay, why is he so ashamed of it? And if you're going to tell me it's nobody's business, then please explain why you didn't castigate Rosie in your "letter" for making it EVERYONE'S business? Are we supposed to believe that just because Clay told Rolling Stone he's not gay, he's not?


5. Isn't anybody else offended by Rosie's in-your-face, strident insistence on being the self-anointed gay spokesperson for all mankind? People got sick of Kathie Lee Gifford for always gushing over Frank and talking about her fabulous heterosexual romance. Why should this be any different?

Waiting to hear from you Michelle. As an insider, I'm sure you can clear these questions up for me.

November 24, 2006 5:29 AM
No. 55
lilly says:

Kelly Ripa is not a diva or a mean spirited person. I saw her at the T-day parade in Philly, and she was the only celebrity who got off the float and took pictures and spoke with people. And no, this wasn't because she was trying to pose as being nicer than she really is. She also did this last year. She is extremely approachable, friendly and down-to-earth. So she made a mistake by being a little vocal. Give the girl a break! Rosie O'Donnell is a lunatic and she's going to, single handedly, sink The View. As for Clay...what's his last name?...oops I forgot who I was talking about.

November 24, 2006 7:28 AM
No. 56
Amana says:

I respect both Kelly and Rosie. I think Kelly did blow the whole thing out of proporation and should have just let it go after the incident and not talked about it again with Regis.
Rosie has to stop reacting to everything as a gay thing. When Clay hasn't said he's gay or not, it is not fair to him to pressure him to come out.
Kudos to Kelly for calling the view and defending herself.

November 24, 2006 10:10 AM
No. 57
Jeff says:

When I was in second grade, a girl on the playground put her hand over my mouth to shut me up, so I bit her. I got in huge trouble, of course. If I were Kelly, I would have reacted the same way - but as that gal on The View pointed out, he wouldn't have put his hand over my mouth, cause I'm a guy. Clay makes a big deal about his Southern manners, but that's not how a gentleman reacts, regardless of the situation.

November 24, 2006 11:09 AM
No. 58
Donna says:

oh puleeeeeeeeeeze! Clay had NO right to put his hands on Kelly in ANYWAY! What right did he think he had to do that? If you watch the clip, it was CLAY that at first said " oh that is a no-no?" to which Kelly replied...she might not have said anything had he not made that statement. There was no innuendos regarding his sexuality, in fact, when the question was posed to him, I seem to remember he denied or at the very least, never gave an answer to his sexualtiy. How does Rosie get off making a public statment about his sexuality on national TV implying that he is gay??? If I were Clay, I would have been HIGHLY offended by ROSIES statement! and that is irregardless of his sexual preference too! From what I have read, it seems that Clay and Kelly just didn't "mesh" way before this happened, some people just clash, again, not having ANYTHING to do with their sexual preferences! That action on Clay's part was uncalled for, he should have NEVER been so cocky and bold to think he had the right to make such a personal action such as that. You call out that Kelly did that to Regis before, adding photographic proof...so what! They HAVE a personal relationship, they work together DAY after DAY, they KNOW one another...Clay has no such relationship and should NOT have put his hands on Kelly in ANY WAY,. Btw, Clay did NOT win american idol, he came in second to Ruben Stoddard..I cannot believe that he has taken that second place as far as he has, personally, I do not see the talent, but that is a different subject for another day. Kelly, you handled yourself wonderfully, as you always do, Rosie? get a life..you are doing such an inservice to the gay community , promoting prejudice with your outspokeness. Why in the world do you think that anyone CARES about who anyone sleeps with anyways? I sure the heck don't. I don't go around talking about things personal in my life and I certainly don't care to hear about yours OR your interpretation on other peoples!

November 24, 2006 11:30 AM
No. 59
Courtney says:

I think Kelly has just proved herself arrogant and a big baby. She knows that her job is to laughably entertain people and she should have played it off and made it funny like she does with Regis. THAT IS HER JOB!

Instead, she's the one who made it uncomfortable.
I dont like Kelly or Clay really but he was obviously being ignored in the interview and he being probably uncomfortable, she should have been senstitive to that and included him in the interview and been professional.

Clay thought it would be funny, but he was wrong and she should have done the "bigger" thing and made it into a joke, instead, she looked like an ass.

November 24, 2006 11:57 AM
No. 60
Christopher Longaway says:

I thought I told you people to stop worrying about all these petty squavels, and get laid, what happened?
People, come on, this is no big deal. Would you be ready to go to war over this? Wouldn't you rather be caressing your lovers genitals? Or performing felatio( Safely, of course )?
If Clay put his hand over my mouth, I wouldn't make a big deal over it. If Kelly told me she didn't know where my hands have been, I would tell her, she is right, she doesn't know. How could she?
The best solution I can give you people, is to have sex with your enemies. Think about it. Isn't it usually that no good bitch, or bastard you work with that you want to fuck the shit out of, like a wild ape? Why not do it? I have. It was fun. We didn't remain friends, but we had sex. So, she always smiled at me, from then on. Try it. see what you think.
( Disclaimer: Christopher does not condone unsafe sexual practices, and will accept no responsibility for unsound course of action. He also has no opinion, when it comes to fornication. " I mean, come on, did our Cave-Man ancestors have an institution of marriage? Who knows. I bet they fucked like wild apes, though.")

November 24, 2006 12:01 PM
No. 61
Heather D. says:

ROSIE..we all know you're gay. Shut up. What did Kelly do or say that is even remotely homophobic??? Give me a break. I watched The View once since you came aboard, and I cannot stand you constantly commenting about being gay and your political opinions. Why don't you and Streisand go to Iraq and fix the problems? We'd be better off without both of you. It's sad to live in a country where a straight person can't say a damn thing without some whining liberal dissecting it. Get a damn life. Go Kelly.

November 24, 2006 2:01 PM
No. 62
Christopher wants to ask Heather D. a query says:

Poster #61, you wouldn't happen to be Heather Davis, would you? Because, your cousin, also named Heather, was one of those enemies I was refering to, if so.
She was the best fuck, EVER.
I mean, damn, she had some mean pussy on her. Her shit was good, and tight, and gushy, and unlike these modern day women, she left a little hair on the pie, if you catch my drift.
He body was pretty muscular, too. I loved to pour some syrup on her rock hard abs, and lick it all off.
She had great definition. You could even see the veins coming through her arms, and legs.
And her ass, damn, she had an ass like a black woman.
She looked a lot like Natalie Portman in the face. She had the most beautiful face EVER.
Too bad we only got to fuck like, what, seventy times? I wish I could fuck her for the rest of eternity. That woman was a goddess. She sure could get good and mad. She was alwasy like that. Even when we went to elementary school together. And her friend( more like ex-In law ) whitney, she always wanted to join us. I was like, "Fuck Naaaaw! This is MY pussy!"
Anyway, just wanted you to know how much happiness Heather brought into my life. We probably still would have been together if she hadn't tripped about me having a daughter, prior to our relationship. Hell, she had a son! She didn't tell me right away!
That, and the fact that she no longer exists, prevents any further involvement.
Oh, well.
Nowadays, I just hit it with fine black chicks. Nothing but the darkest, finest, biggest black asses for me!
I should write a book..."If I did her".

November 24, 2006 5:40 PM
No. 63
Mark says:

Check out Kelly on YouTube...
Title: "Kelly Ripa the Hypocrite!!"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50d3tw6Lk1k

Video of Kelly putting her hand over the mouth of Regis several times on the show in the past. Gee Kelly, care to come on The View and explain how you didn't care about your kids or the flu those days? Exploiting small children and the fear of contagion to mask homophobia is something normally seen in only the best evangelical churches but Kelly, bless her, has brought to daytime TV. Apparently, The View's producers will put any idiot (i.e. Kelly) on the air unrehearsed to play us her innocence.

What do you think about THAT Barbara Walters?

November 25, 2006 12:19 AM
No. 64
Jay says:

Toricita (No. 30) is a Lesbo herself!

November 25, 2006 1:44 AM
No. 65
Taylor Fulcher says:

I'm southern born and bred and where I was raised we have manners. Regardless if she's touched someone elses mouth you do not touch the mouth of a lady.

November 25, 2006 10:47 AM
No. 66
Mickey says:

From my point of view, it seems that Kelly would have been peeved if any guest host put his/her hand over her mouth. It's just not respectful. She used the "I don't know where that hand has been" line to stop herself from calling Clay completely unprofessional. And was trying to laugh the whole thing off. If it had been a guy Clay wouldn't have tried to belittle them, even in jest. Clay was on the set as a GUEST. You don't go to a dinner party and put your hand over the host's mouth because they are talking too much. He shouldn't have done it here.

I love Rosie, but she was way out of line on this one. Homophobia is rampant enough without creating it out of thin air.

November 26, 2006 1:33 AM
No. 67
Michelle says:

Response to #54

Dear Donna,

In my open letter to Kelly, I endeavored to replicate the shrewishness and contempt she exhibited toward Clay when she smeared him on national TV November 20 and 21. Because Kelly set such a high standard for meanness and spite, I had my work cut out for me. Don???t know if I succeeded, but I sure tried. Predictably, after the cloud of her vitriol cleared, the only person she screwed is herself, maybe irreparably. She is now memorialized on several Biggest Losers lists. Too bad Kelly was so unprepared to have Clay as a co-host and so uninformed about who he really is. Hobbled with incomplete or bad data, she underestimated Clay to his advantage during her show. Apparently, no one close to her successfully advised her of the inevitable negative consequences of unfairly slamming someone as well regarded as Clay. She exposed herself to a tidal wave of criticism in the press and the ire of Clay???s passionately protective fans, of which I am one.

Here are my answers to your questions as follows:

1. We???ll have to agree to disagree on this one. Oh, and Clay is from North Carolina.

2. Homophobia is a pattern of irrational fear, revulsion and distrust of gays, or individuals perceived to be gay, that is sometimes translated into ridicule, hostility and even rage towards them. Homophobia may also involve milder levels of emotion--distrust, passive dislike, with no more antipathy than the assertion that gays, or individuals perceived to be gay, should remain socially anonymous. Part of the insidiousness of homophobia is that, in its mildest forms, it is simply a widespread irrational resistance to even recognizing homophobia when one sees it in others. Homophobic behavior includes obsessing over someone???s undeclared sexuality, threatening to out another person, and outing another person. Both straight individuals and gay individuals can exhibit homophobic behavior.

Assigning homosexuality to someone who has denied he is gay constitutes homophobic behavior. I don???t believe that Rosie assigned homosexuality to Clay when she accused Kelly of making a homophobic statement. Even if Rosie had, it was too late because Kelly had already ???outed??? Clay two years earlier. Remember that homophobia can be directed at individuals who are merely perceived to be gay. Kelly clearly assigned homosexuality to Clay when, in the ???Halloween costume??? skit, she portrayed Clay smothering another man???s face with kisses. That skit was homophobic.

There are many differences between Kelly???s homophobic ???Halloween costume??? skit and the ???Will and Grace??? show. Here???s the most important one: Clay is an actual person, not a fictional character. Clay is someone???s son, grandson, brother, nephew, cousin and friend. Let???s put everything into perspective. Clay???s impulsive act of putting his hand over Kelly???s mouth was insignificant compared to her scripted ridicule of him in her crude and tasteless skit.

Please visit http://clayaikentheidealidol.com and scroll down to News & Articles to find out where Clay???s hands have been. (I am in no way associated with this fan site.)

I suggest that you ask a gay person your question, ???Why is making fun of gay people in good humor ???homophobic????

When Kelly slammed Clay, she unleashed videos and screen caps all over the internet and on TV of Kelly putting her hand(s) over Regis??? mouth on at least three separate occasions. I???ve seen a screen cap of Regis putting his hand over Kelly???s mouth. I read that another male guest put his hand over Kelly???s mouth, but he suffered no repercussions. Is this ALL they do on that show?

3. If someone is convinced that Clay is gay, even though Clay has denied it, then Jimmy???s statement could be perceived to be homophobic by that someone. Based upon what Jimmy implied Clay did (impregnated Tori), I think it was more like heterophobic (me: tongue-in-cheek).

4. July 10, 2003, issue of Rolling Stone magazine...???One thing I???ve found of people in the public eye,??? Aiken says, ???either you???re a womanizer or you???ve got to be gay. Since I???m neither one of those, people are completely concerned about me.??? October 2, 2006, issue of People magazine??????It doesn???t matter what I say. People are going to believe what they want.???

Please see my comments concerning Rosie in #2.

Yes, exactly.

5. I watch daytime TV only when Clay is on a show, so I don???t have an opinion.

Donna, I hope I???ve answered most of your questions even though I???m not an insider. I appreciated the opportunity to do some research on the nature of homophobia, a fascinating topic.

The events of the past week come done to one rhetorical question: Is Kelly Ripa a homophobic hypocrite or a hypocritical homophobe?

November 26, 2006 12:47 PM
No. 68
Lorraine says:

It is always "Kelly's Story". She loves the spotlight too much. Many times she has interrupted an interview or Regis with her own story. It's about time someone covered her mouth. Way to go Clay! I could tell Clay was nervous, Kelly should have been more welcoming from the start. I guess she wanted another hunk to co-host that SHE could touch.

November 27, 2006 5:08 PM
No. 69
jen says:

Absolutely was NOT a homophobic remark. I am very disappointed in Rosie. Who has she turned into, the right-winged baptist of homosexuals? I think she is doing it for ratings- it takes a huge coward to step on someone else to get to the top.

November 27, 2006 6:46 PM
No. 70
DOUG says:

Frankly, I have never liked Clay. He is a vile individual believing he is important to the general scheme of life.
The little gay boy is a wieny and we should dismiss him from our thoughts.
Keyy is amusing but never shuts up. She too would have not affect on our life should get lost this very second.

Clay makes me puke!!!!

November 28, 2006 11:02 AM
No. 71
Sue Ridenior says:

I THINK ROSIE IS JUST TRYING TO KEEP RATING UP FOR THE VIEW. THEY HAVE BEEN ON NEWS SHOW AND ENTERTAINMENT TYPE SHOWS. MAYBE IT CAN BE THE ROSIE SHOW. I REFUSED TO WATCH THE SHOE BEFORE ROSIE, AS IT WAS A BITCHFEST!

November 28, 2006 5:50 PM
No. 72
Chris says:

I think Rosie was correct -- Kelly exhibited a measure of homophobia. Clay should have voiced his displeasure at Kelly dominating the show in a way other than putting his hand toward her mouth. Kelly should have voiced her concern over germs by mentioning germs, not "I don't know where your hand had been". I think Kelly reacted in a way to retaliate against Clay for his action and subconsciously did so with words that unconsciously belittled him, betraying homophobia. I think Clay also, by seeking to silence Kelly in this manner, betrayed sexism. When we are upset (Kelly/Aiken), angry (Kramer/Richards), drunk (Gibson) we betray the homophobia, sexis, racism that we ALL possess. The idea is to acknowledge its presence, recognize it in our action, apologize, seek to change, and move on. In some way it bothers me more that Kelly didn't do this more than her words. If it truly was about germs there were different words to use than the ones she impulsively used.

November 29, 2006 2:59 PM
No. 73
Elizabeth Hanson says:

(Kellly) was only making a very slight funny joke, when she said what she said! Stop making it such a big deal! She has soooo much more class than Rosie at the least, anyway, maybe Rosie is feeling inferior.........she should, I don't think she'll last long.........it's all aobut "her", and it's getting old fast, which, if I'm home, I choose to watch Ellen instead (or the news).

November 29, 2006 10:13 PM
No. 74
ClJulie says:

Regardless of whether it Kelly Ripa is germaphobic or not, it is entirely inappropriate of a guest to cover the host's mouth. This is Ripa's show and not Clay's. Whether or not Ripa would have said the same thing if it was not Clay Aiken who has crossed the line of graciousness is irrelevant. Still new to the entertainment industry may be a little too eager to perform as a guest host and have overstep his role. He is just not Regis and his priveleges as guest host is just that, GUEST HOST.

December 1, 2006 1:54 AM
No. 75
jaoue says:

The bottom line.....Clay is a fag and should just hump Lance's ass and get on with it.

December 1, 2006 5:30 PM
No. 76
Viktoria says:

Leave Clay alone, jeez. He was being funny, it got laughs and Kelly made a snotty remark because she was either offended or embarrassed by what he'd done. I can understand not wanting someone to put their hand on your mouth, but she just HAD to make that comment about not knowing where his hand had been.

And maybe Rosie was right - if it had been a cute guy or someone she liked, not only would she have probably allowed him to do that, she would have climbed in his lap and wrapped her arms around his neck!

December 7, 2006 6:24 PM
No. 77
Perspective says:

There are two wrongs in this situation.

1. Clay Aiken should not have touched Kelly's face. It was unprofessional and immature.
2. Rosie O'Donnell should not have assumed Kelly's response would have been any different -- and Rosie should not have used the situation on "The View" unless she had access to both Kelly and Clay.

Would Clay Aiken have acted similiarily if Regis was his co-host? We can only guess, but it would not be a far fetched notion that Clay would not have. Perhaps Clay thought he could act in this manner because Kelly was the host, but I doubt he would not have touched Regis' face. Clay's actions toward Kelly could have been spun into a sexism issue just as easily as Kelly's response was spun (by Rosie) into a homophobic issue. This is the danger of mis-perceptions.

By hosting both Clay and Kelly on the same segment, and not allowing Rosie O'Donnell to speak her homophobic agenda -- the audience would have exposure to both Clay's intent for touching Kelly's face, and Kelly's intent on her response. However, by having Rosie voice her "VIEW" without first discussing with Kelly, and the fact that Rosie's "VIEW" was only about Kelly's response, we are treated to less than half the situation.

What really sickens me the most is Rosie O'Donnell's homophobic agenda. She has a golden opportunity to present a unique perspective on TV, but opts to voice inflammatory hate speach and not responsible dialog.

December 8, 2006 2:01 PM
No. 78
Highrise says:

I fail to see how Funny it is to hold a hand over someone's mouth. It is her right to not want that to happen. Clay should have apologized and Rosie shouldn't be putting words in people's hearts and minds.

December 9, 2006 5:20 PM
No. 79
bondgirl007 says:

Today's society has an obsession with gays. Just because a man prefers easier listening music over rap and heavy metal, just because he works with disabled children and has old fashioned values about sex and looks nerdy, doesn't automatically mean he is gay. And if Clay [i]is[/i] gay and chooses to keep his private life to himself, this is not only his right, but kudos to him for keeping private issues private compared to people like Rosie O'Donnell who shout about such personal things like sexuality off the rooftops and throw it into people's faces every chance they get. I never liked Rosie because of her big opinionated mouth, and now I like her even less, because while she is jumping all over Ripa after Ripa hogged the show when Clay was her co-host, that is exactly what Rosie is doing with the View. Every time I turn that show on, it's Rosie yacking away and the rest of the women rarely get to stick a word in. I don't like Kelly Ripa either. She is conceited and has become too big for her pants.

Honestly speaking, I never saw the episode of LWRK with Clay as the co-host. But when I heard about it on ET, it got me curious, and I looked online for answers, then came to this forum. But having seen enough of Kelly over the years, having seen enough of Rosie over the years, and having heard enough rumours about Clay that he denies, I am not surprised at any of this, and even though (while I like some of his songs) I am not a huge fan of Clays, and think that placing his hand over someone else's mouth was a bad choice, I would gladly defend him over the likes of Kelly and Rosie.

I think that both, Rosie and Kelly, were out of line. Clay was too when he placed his hand over Kelly's mouth, but apparantly she asked for it by the way she acted toward him during the course of the show.

December 11, 2006 4:37 PM
No. 80
Jessica says:

Germaphobic, homophobic...neither are the issue. Let's stick to the facts folks. It appeared that Mr. Aiken was trying to be funny and found that he had crossed the boundary with Ms. Ripa when he placed his hand acrossed her mouth. You can see his obvious embarrassment and regret for doing so. What I find so unprofessional was the fact that Ms. Ripa humilated him on live tv. The classy and connoisseur thing to do would be to approach Mr. Aiken after the show instead of making a big production of it on live tv. Shame on you Ms. Ripa for being so tactless and inconciderate of others feelings. No wonder Mr. Aiken walked off set without thanking you. You made him feel less then welcome. I would recomment that Ms. Ripa brush up on her hospitality skills.

December 12, 2006 1:12 AM
No. 81
Karen says:

Well, I think the enitire incident is interesting and has grown from a hand over the mouth to homophobic beliefs. After watching the clip it appears that Ms. Ripa just didn't like being up staged by anyone. After being bothered, she made it about germs. Kelly has over the years put her hands on just about everyone that comes on the show. I am a germophobic person and you never do some of the things she does, never. But when you are bothered by something else you can use that as your reason for your behavior. Kelly needs to be honest about her own reaction to Clay especially since she chose to express her distaste on Live TV. That was unprofessional and should ahev been handled behind seens. She took the focus off of her guests on the show. That was also rude and she needs to apologize to them. Kelly comes in contact with many people in her career and if you are concerned about germs then set better boundaries and don't be the first to break them.

December 19, 2006 8:03 AM
No. 82
Jeffrey Essman says:

ok. ok. I am gay too. I love Clay Aiken. I want Anderson Cooper as well. I'll take Lance Bass.... all of them

December 19, 2006 1:19 PM
No. 83
MrsKorsar says:

Oh dear God! Kelly was right. Simply because, I know people! Do people always wash their hands after using the restroom? I mean, really! Even my kids don't usually get to touch my face, because like Kelly said... Where have their hands been? Who knows who picks their nose in private, men like to scratch their 'areas', what exactly was on the doorknob you just touched? We never know! I don't exactly think that it's being homophobic! For crying out loud, what was she supposed to do? Sit there and do/say nothing?! Please!

December 21, 2006 12:06 PM
No. 84
MrsKorsar says:

Also, everyone wants to talk about how Clay couldn't get a word in edgewise with Kelly. Has anyone seen the View? With Rosie on there, she runs the show now. Barbara can't even say her peace very often. So, those of you who want to talk about Kelly learning some hosting skills and how to be hospitible...take a little time to 'enjoy' the View... And see what being rude really is...

December 21, 2006 12:14 PM
No. 85
nicole says:

I think Rosie is acting like a child and she is the prejudice one to even make such a comment. I especially think she is acting unprofessional now that she bashed Donald Trump and needs to grow up.

December 21, 2006 5:38 PM
No. 86
Mr. Hart says:

I think that Clay should never touch another persons face. For me, I don't like anyone I don't know entering my "personal bubble" and I would have reacted strongly to someone touching my face, especially if I have to sit and have TV make-up done for an hour before the show. (this isn't to imply that Kelly has to have a lot of make up on, however, most TV personalities wear alot of make-up.) I do think that Kelly touching Regis, a person she does know, and Clay touching Kelly, a person he doesn't know all that well, is different. That's her schtick on the show with Regis and that's how they interact.

December 23, 2006 12:36 AM
No. 87
Andrea says:

Please spare me people. Kelly Ripa has no problem kissing god knows how many men on a soap opera ,but has a problem with a hand over her mouth for 5 seconds. Do you think she asked her co-actors where there mouths were ( I dont think so). She showed no class by complaining about Clay on National TV, an respect I had for her was lost. Also Kelly needs to learn if you invite a guest on to co-host let them get a few words out. She needs to shut up every now and then. Any Body who thinks Clay Aiken is not a nice person obviously knows nothing about him. He has raised alot of money for special needs children, donates alot of his time towards education and awareness. Just ask yourself what you have done to help others.

December 27, 2006 9:40 PM
No. 88
MrsKorsar says:

I consider myself to be quite giving. I volunteer at several places at least 15 hours a week, I give what little money I can to charities I believe in, I watch (for free) the children of parents who need to work, but cannot afford daycare, etc. However, simply because I do this, doesn't mean I can be rude to people; and justify it by saying I'm a good person. There's a difference between having a script tell you what to do, and having someone touch you without your permission. Try this: next time you're in the store, just shove your hand over the cashier's mouth while they're asking you how your day is. See how they react. They want you in the store spending money, heck, they may even have had a one night stand the previous night, so no bashfulness there... Just see if they mind. If they get cranky, mention that you're a good person who has donated money or time, I'm sure they'll just be absolutely forgiving and smile. Right. Maybe Kelly should've let the guy talk, but maybe Mr. Aikin should've used his generosity to buy himself some common sense.

December 28, 2006 10:58 AM
No. 89
Melanie says:

The fact that Rosie decided to say that kellys comment was homophobic is a pile of crap. Clay was rude and obnoxious and she made it very clear that she was truly offended on her OWN show. Clay interrupted her the entire time it doesnt look to me like she was EVER comfortable with the situation, and her remark was clearly stated as a joke to lighten up the moment. Rosie brought up something completely off hand that makes absolutely no sense .. if she hasnt ever heard anyone make a comment about not knowing where someones hands have been as a joke then she def. needs to get out more. I think Kelly let him talk plenty .. he took his stardom WAY too far .. he was a guest invited onto her show and he tried to take over he crossed the line BIG time. I would be furious. Even worse would be Rosie's comment though, that is ridiculous. bottom line, he was rude and out of line and she made that clear and unless people (like Rosie) are simply chosing sides in defense it's obvious who is right and is wrong. That is just like someone trying to say "it's because I'm a minor, or I'm white or I'm black. BS.

December 28, 2006 10:50 PM
No. 90
melanie says:

excuse me - ???
Rupasucksanyway .. you must be a queer yankee .. let me explain something to you that you people don't seem to understand at all. There is such a thing as being polite and having manners, something stupid dumbass people from the north do not often know anything about. How about she defended herself with class, which is obviously something you know nothing about. Incase you havent yet noticed the majority of the population hates Clay Aiken and his fame is little to none, as for Kelly, people love her and she does have her OWN show which Clay had nothing to do with. He needed to be put in his place and so does Rosie. These poeple need to learn that they shouldnt work so hard to defend people that dont need to be defended in the first place. Get over yourself asshole.

December 28, 2006 11:05 PM
No. 91
Melanie says:

please note 52 and 53 that kelly and regis know each other far better than clay and kelly so for kelly to put her hand on regis is entirely different. If you think what he did was okay your parents have most definitely not raised you correctly, its rude. It absolutely wasn't funny and for you to say that her face obviously indicated something other than flu season means you are assuming and when you assume you make an ass out of you, me, and people in general. You can't read someones face and assume, stupid.

December 28, 2006 11:13 PM
No. 92
Jesse says:

I am not a fan of neither Clay Aiken or Kelly Ripa, but I was watching the show where he covered her mouth. Clay, to me, seems like a jokester. The poor bastard was trying to get a word in and Kelly would not let him speak. I would have done the same, except I would have said, "hey, I'm hosting this thing too, can ya let me say something?" Covering her mouth was considered funny and harmless to some, and insulting to others. I on the other hand thought nothing of it...who the hell cares he she caught the flu? IT WAS ONLY THE DAMN FLU SHE WAS WORRIED ABOUT???? Gimme a break...instead of covering her mouth to shut her up he should have planted his fist in her face.

December 29, 2006 2:33 AM
No. 93
KIM says:

Until very recently I love Rosie O'Donnel, however after her ABC talk show became a hit she progressively has become more and more snotty and impressed with her self than she has the r ight to be. and after she came out of the closet she has become unbarable. As an african american it completely annoys me when other African Americans make every thing about Race. Now Rosie is doing it with being a lesbian, it's almost as if she has a Pathological hatred of anyone who is not gay, and has become so toxic she will eventually bring the view down. No matter what you opion of star jones one thing she never did was to personally attack anyone, it is unprofessional and silly as hell. NO ONE HAS A RIGHT TO TOUCH ANYONE WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT. and if anyone had a right to to punch someone it is Kelly after that little arrogent jerk put his had in her face. Legally touching someone without their permission is called assult and battery, and does not constitue homophobia. calling someone on ill manners is not gay bashing and Rosie needs to seriously get a clue

January 1, 2007 3:06 AM
No. 94
Rose says:

the clips of kelly putting her hand over regis's mouth are no where near the same thing as clay putting his hand over kelly's mouth. Kelly and Regis are good friends who have know each other and been working with each other for many years. Clay on the other hand was a co-host and should have shown respect to kelly. Rosie's comment was absoutly outragous. She is a person i do not like, and never likes and never will like. She will say anything and not care about anyone. She made the most outragous remark that has nothing to do with that sisuation. She had absoulty no business disucsing what happened. Her life is so dull that she has to comment on every aspect of everyone else life. Get a life Roise and a treadmill while you are at it =)

January 1, 2007 2:22 PM
No. 95
Lori says:

Kudos to Clay for trying to shut that megalomaniac up!!
She is sooo into herself that she makes me sick. Just watch her as a new guest comes on the show... All she does is look them up and down to see what they have on and whether she approves or not. I feel like vomiting whenever I see that skinny little imp.

January 4, 2007 4:37 PM
No. 96
God dam rosie the c unt says:

Rosie is a fat c unt
she is mean
she is a bully
god please take her with you

January 7, 2007 8:56 AM
No. 97
Melissa says:

Would Rosie have even commented on that whole thing, if she had no IDEA that he is gay? I believe in living and let live but it seems to me that some (not all) gays will pull the stunt of using some minor little thing like this out there as being homophobic or a slur against them. The oh whoa is me gag. I'm gay and my life is sooooo hard. THAT IS BULL!!!!!! Everyones life is hard! I think Kelly would hae done that to anyone that had the gull to put their hand oer her mouth. I think anyone would. GO KELLY!!!!!!!! Rosie needs to open her mind and not see everything in the world as slurs on her way of living or what she looks like.

January 9, 2007 7:16 PM
No. 98
dfhdfgh says:

I don't think shes a homophobe I think she's a germaphobe.
Caly akien was trying to be 'sassy' and 'funny' which dosn't work well for him.
I'm sure he was just trying to do something funny like he was pretending to take over the show.

I don't see how this can be a big deal or taken and being homophobic.

January 11, 2007 6:24 PM
No. 99
michael Herbert says:

rosie is out of her mind, she is a raging borderline!

January 11, 2007 10:08 PM
No. 100
Jeffrey Essman says:

Rosie is a fat ugly slob of a person. PERIOD

January 11, 2007 10:39 PM
No. 101
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No. 102
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February 1, 2007 11:59 AM
No. 103
Chiaroscuro says:

Um. Wow. I hadn't actually seen the show, but I'd heard all the hoo-hah about Clay putting his hands over Kelly's mouth and I was all ready to defend Kelly... but after seeing her REACTION.
That was totally UNclassy, people. You don't embarrass someone on television like that, even if they aren't... celebrity-savvy as it were. I say, save it for backstage when you can have your agent call their agent and make nasty about it on the tabloids. Not TV.

Kelly: -8
Clay: 2

March 29, 2007 6:44 PM
No. 104
Tbone says:

I've been wondering, for some time now, if Rosie O'Donnell is a comic. I can't remember the last thing she said that was funny.

April 2, 2007 6:05 PM
No. 105
tphelps says:

I LOVED WATCHING REGIS AND KELLY. ALTHOUGH LATELY, I FEEL THAT IF YOU DON'T SHUSH KELLY YOU WONT GET A WORD IN. FUNNY, SHE HAS PUT HER HANDS OVER REGIS MOUTH MORE THEN ONCE, SO WE ALL TRUELY KNOW THAT IT REALLY DIDN'T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH FLU SEASON.....WHAT HAPPEND TO THE OLD CUTE KELLY.....I GUESS THAT IF REGIS RETIRES I WILL HAVE TO FIND ANOTHER MORNING SHOW TO ENJOY. THATS OK CLAY SAID HE WAS SORRY. TO SOME SORRY JUST ISNT ENOUGH, I THINK WITH THE WAY KELLY ACTED AN APPOLOGY SHOULD OF CAME FROM HER TOO.

April 16, 2007 9:47 PM
No. 106
Settling the debate says:

I voted for Clay because of his voice. There was no sympathy involved. He is multi-talented. Kelly could take a cue from him.

April 17, 2007 10:50 PM
No. 107
no 107 says:

Gay Aiken is the victim. It's bad enough he never got his brother's (Troy's) throwing arm and now he has to deal with woman who somehow thinks this is HER show. Some nerve Kelly. Next time he may not let you on his show! That will teach you!!

April 25, 2007 1:30 PM
No. 108
vm says:

It's true, what Clay did was not the most hygenic, but then the way Kelly mouths off sometimes makes me want to ask - "Kelly, honey, where has your mouth been?"
And isn't it about time we let this thing go?!?!

April 30, 2007 4:34 PM


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