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Publicist: Carol Channing Loves Her Gay Fans and Friends

ChanningCarol Channing's publicist has responded to an interview with Carol Channing published over the weekend in the Gay People's Chronicle, saying that he and Channing were "misquoted" and that the writer was "clearly trying to bash an Icon and make a name for himself."

In the interview, Channing reportedly said about her gay fans: "I don’t think about them. I’m grateful that they seem to like me. They’re terribly loyal to me. But I’m knee-deep in the Bible and you know what it says about that."

Channing's publicist says that the writer left out a key word to make it look like the performer was anti-gay: "With reference to the Bible - she said about gay marriage 'You know what the Bible says about it ... Nothing.'"

Boll says the writer, Kaizaad Kotwal, was "quoting from a transcript which he doesnt have" and was asking questions "that were clearly traps."

He insists that Channing's support and gratitude for her gay fans and friends is solid. Full press release after the jump.

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"Is a sad statement on our community when they so quickly choose to believe bad things about people without checking the facts. Especially when they are about individuals to whom we have received nothing but support over the years. In this case the less than accurate interview done with Carol Channing comprised of a series of half quotes and twisted statements.

The reporter misquoted Tim Rowe and me and clearly misquoted Carol. Feel free to call me if you want 323-xxx-xxxx or call Tim Rowe the event director at 937-xxx-xxxx.

He says he is quoting from a transcript which he doesnt have. He was asking questions of Carol that were clearly traps. She initially thought she was doing an interview with The Springfield News. I hadnt told her I had switched the two and when the reporter started asking questions about her gay friends, she thought it was going to be one of those interviews where she would have to defend her friends, but when she realized it was a gay trade, her defenses were already up and confusion ensued.

When I spoke to the reporter afterwards he told me that Tim Rowe of the organization producing the Springfield event, had said that because of his interview, Carol wasn't going to do the event. When I immediately called Tim he said he never said anything of the sort and when Tim spoke to reporter, the reporter told him equally outlandish things that I never said. The comment about how she wasnt going to do any future interviews is crazy, because she did two more immediately following his. The guy was clearly trying to bash an Icon and make a name for himself. Sadly these people with ulterior motives exist and have since before Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper. I suppose this gentleman has a great future at the National Enquirer.

FYI - what she actually said when asked about gay marriage was that she wasnt necessarily pro gay marriage, because why would we want the government involved in our business and most of her gay friends were in agreement - this include myself. She thought civil unions and civil rights were more important, but "if this is what gay men really want then its their business and I dont care, they can take care of themselves."

With reference to the Bible - she said about gay marriage "You know what the Bible says about it ... Nothing." The interviewer failed to add that last comment in the quote to the interview.

Her history of support speaks for its self. As a gay man myself, who has worked for her for years, she has supported my 7 year relationship from the beginning and of her other gay friends and colleagues agree. For example, longtime friend, Mr. Blackwell, says that she was one of the first to be there for he and his partner Spencer and continues to be for what will soon be their 58th anniversary."

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  1. ohthankgod. all a misunderstanding. Carol really DOES love me. whew!

    Posted by: b mac | Nov 14, 2006 9:01:46 AM

  2. Proclaim a gay fatwah!
    Fight fire with fire!
    Defeat the intolerant with intolerance!
    Stone the witch!
    (Um? Who is she again...?)

    Posted by: Nonplussed | Nov 14, 2006 9:08:03 AM

  3. Dumb publicist.

    Posted by: Patrick | Nov 14, 2006 9:11:15 AM

  4. Apologies for the confusion, Carol. We should have known better to believe everything we read!

    Posted by: Michael W. | Nov 14, 2006 9:13:05 AM

  5. spin spin spin

    Uhm, who is she?

    Anyway; Ok add in the extra bit but uhmmmmm what about the word "BUT" while spinning they forgot to remove the word "BUT" from her quote

    "BUT" I am knee deep in the bible....does not mix well with her added bits

    PS; the bible in leviticus says that she is unclean as a woman and any man who had sex with her (way back when) had to take a ritual bath and kill a couple of animals to make themselves clean again.....everytime they had sex with her. LOL

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Nov 14, 2006 9:26:01 AM

  6. Who cares. Next.

    Posted by: mark | Nov 14, 2006 9:28:32 AM

  7. I can't help but think the truth lies somewhere in the middle of it all. Surely Channing didn't set out to be a gay icon, but somehow along the way jumped a'board the gravy train. Doing press for multiple pubs in one sitting has the *potential* to be confusing, allowing a few wires to cross for the 85 year old...

    Regardless, I'm not very impressed with Channing's publicist.

    Posted by: midnight lounge | Nov 14, 2006 9:32:30 AM

  8. Whew! I really couldn't believe it when I read it, so I'm glad it ain't so. I had to throw out all my CDs by Nina Simone & Brigitte Bardot when I found out how nasty they were about homos, and I'm glad I can still enjoy this legend without guilt!

    Posted by: Allen | Nov 14, 2006 9:36:18 AM

  9. Surely the reporter must have been taping the interview - I would have thought the easiest way to clear it up would be for someone independent to listen to it and confirm exactly what was said?

    Posted by: Neio | Nov 14, 2006 9:41:36 AM

  10. She has nothing to prove to me. I always have and always will love her.

    How hard it is for celebrity to exist in this "immediate gratification" world; where people eviserate every single word and intonation that is uttered hoping to find some fault to exploit. For some idiots, they get what they deserve, but for others like Carol, it's a shame that the matter got twisted around just to made the news.

    Finally, there is something to consider; the generation that borne Ms. Channing and the like. Homosexuality was, as my late father told me, just not talked about. You did not mention it. You tolerated it. This is the generation that was raised to read the Bible as "the good book" and to believe in God. Not to use the bible as a weapon to promote hatred or hegemony. My father, a WWII veteran, barely high school educated and a steel worker, lived his life that "What is my business is my business, what is yours is yours", and he respected people for what they were.

    Shame this generation can't grasp that concept.

    Posted by: Rad | Nov 14, 2006 9:41:54 AM

  11. We need more GAY icons... that is gay men and women who can foster our respect and adoration. Problem is, we as a community are looking for any chance to eat our own. We pick apart their appearance, who they are seen with, what awards shows they attend, or don't attend.

    Celebrity worship leads to exactly the sort of thing that happened with Channing. I don't give flying rats ass what this 85 year old thinks about me or my community. The same goes for some 21 year old starlette or a sports figure. Celebrity worship is pointless because celebrities are just flawed people.

    Just because they sing songs that you enjoy or wear red ribbons or run real fast with the football doesn't mean that they are somehow above the rest of us and worthy of your adoration.

    Posted by: mark m | Nov 14, 2006 9:53:19 AM

  12. At first, I thought that Carol was becoming demented because she had always supported us. I saw her once at Tommy Tunes' birthday party and she clearly loved the gays. Thankfully this issue has been cleared up. Shame on that damn reporter.

    Posted by: Norm | Nov 14, 2006 10:08:22 AM

  13. Mark M hit the nail on the head.

    Posted by: Babydaddy | Nov 14, 2006 10:31:42 AM


    Posted by: Rey | Nov 14, 2006 10:36:56 AM

  15. I kinda choke this one up to the 'who really cares about this' department. I've never been a Broadway queen. I can't stand torch songs.

    Posted by: Gary | Nov 14, 2006 10:42:45 AM

  16. I figured this was the case. Channing is 85 and her mind was probably preoccupied while talking with the writer who manipulated her.

    Posted by: Karl | Nov 14, 2006 11:05:02 AM

  17. Unless the reporter was lying through his teeth in his article, I find the publicist's response nearly impossible to believe.

    If you read the actual interview (, it is readily apparent that Channing understood completely that she was speaking with a gay publication. If you read the article it's also immediately apparent that it was not a simple case of ommission of a single word; Channing meant what she said.

    Read the full exchange between the reporter and Channing and tell me if you really think it was twisted out of context:

    Kaizaad Kotwal: You seem to have a very large gay following. Have you ever thought about why?

    Carol Channing: I don’t think about them. I’m grateful that they seem to like me. They’re terribly loyal to me. But I’m knee-deep in the Bible and you know what it says about that.

    KK: Alright.

    CC: Oh, dear. Is this for a gay publication? Have I offended you?

    KK: Yes. For the Gay People’s Chronicle. Right now, it’s really not my job to be offended or not be offended. I am just asking questions and reporting answers. I read that you have fought for gay rights. Do you think that the things gay people are fighting for are important?

    CC: I don’t think about it. If they can’t take care of their own problems, why should I bother. It’s not my problem.

    KK: I see.

    CC: At one time there were seven men doing me in Las Vegas. I began to wonder if I had a glandular problem. But you know that the Bible says that that’s not the way it’s supposed to be.

    I dont' think her publicist can explain this away so easily.

    Posted by: erik | Nov 14, 2006 11:56:42 AM

  18. Remember this, haters: The burden of proof is not on Carol; it's on the journalist.

    Also, what if she said all that and worse. Was Carol Channning's views on gays really what kept you holding it together? Sometimes people have an opinion that differs from mine. I can handle it.

    Posted by: Buffy LSD | Nov 14, 2006 12:29:36 PM

  19. Carol Channing has ALWAYS been extremely gay positive. I'm sorry I doubted her.

    Posted by: Daniel | Nov 14, 2006 12:44:15 PM

  20. Well, I'm not trying to be a "hater", but I can't square Channing's publicist's comments with the actual text of the article. Someone is lying.

    To be perfectly honest, I don't really know a single thing about Carol Channing and have no interest in whether she likes me or not. I just get pissed when people try to use/profit from the gays while turning around and disparaging them.

    Posted by: erik | Nov 14, 2006 1:10:04 PM

  21. Maybe I did have corn for dinner!

    Posted by: Marc | Nov 14, 2006 1:11:08 PM

  22. Just for the record and not in defense: Carol's second husband, Charles Lowe, and her manager for years was a closet gay [apparently even from her] and a control freak. She admitted that she and Charles rarely had sex. He mishandled her income, etc. and all this didn't come out until after his death. THEN she "discovered" God.

    Posted by: John~in~LA | Nov 14, 2006 2:20:36 PM

  23. Awww, people give the woman a break, she's 85 years old and harmless. Who knows who said what and quite frankly who cares, she's not a politician and she's never campaigned against anyone or anything...

    Posted by: Cory | Nov 14, 2006 2:47:07 PM

  24. The truth is stranger than fiction?

    I really don't know what to believe now.

    Let's say the words were correct, then I have to say Carol has a TOP OF THE LINE publicist! (I mean we have gays working for politicians who secretly don't like gays but love their expertise in whatever).

    The journalist needs to be interviewed too!

    I think the reality is somewhere in the middle.

    Posted by: FunMe | Nov 14, 2006 3:52:42 PM

  25. I've read Channing's book. There is no way in hell she would ever refuse to do more interviews - the woman knows how important it is for a performer to "sell" herself to the public and she's a freaking genius at it.

    I believe her explanation of her being misquoted on the Bible: "You know what the Bible says about it ... Nothing." - The implied pause and punchline sound like her distinct comic timing - the kind that has given her a career all these years.

    And even if she did say the bit about if we can't help ourselves, why should she...well, she kind of has a point. It is our battle. I'd prefer her honesty over Brad Pitt's using gay marriage as a lame excuse for commitment issues.

    Posted by: Rodolfo | Nov 14, 2006 4:18:46 PM

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