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Gay Contestant Introduces Fiancé on Wheel of Fortune


Not sure if this is a first, but even if it's not, the wheel spins forward...

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  1. Actually this is what we need. A man who can say in a casual nonchalant tone, "This is my fiance". There is no deviant sexual undertones here. Fiance is a strong word to married folks that says we are two people who can't wait for our wedding day.

    Posted by: Aiden Raccoon | Jan 27, 2009 8:32:17 AM

  2. While perhaps not the gay Rosa Parks, things like this demonstrate that we're all just people with dreams, aspirations, loves, fears, etc.

    Posted by: Scott | Jan 27, 2009 8:42:24 AM

  3. Saw it, loved it. Especially since the other 2 contestants made it a point to mention their church during the intros. Robert said, "I'm engaged to a wonderful person." So I was already rooting for him to make it to the final round. Terrific.

    Posted by: Jim | Jan 27, 2009 8:46:53 AM

  4. You know what I like best about this posting? Not one person has been mean or dismissive or toxic. Yay!

    Posted by: Yeek | Jan 27, 2009 9:00:25 AM

  5. awwww how cute!

    Posted by: Bobby | Jan 27, 2009 9:08:51 AM

  6. Good for him!

    I just wish they'd kissed. Maybe they did and it was edited, or maybe they refilmed it (for whatever reason) and the excitement wasn't as strong as the first time. I just know that if I won the final round and got $40k, I'd be all over the hubby!

    That was really sweet to see. Thanks Andy!

    Posted by: tjc | Jan 27, 2009 9:16:31 AM

  7. Wheel of Fortune just got my viewership again!

    Posted by: Jamie Bancroft | Jan 27, 2009 9:24:35 AM

  8. Wheel of Fortune has guys who are recognizable as queens on at least once a month or so but this was the most direct of them. I especially liked that neither one of them were twinkies, but had stocky "big" bodies. Good to see! Not so good to see? His *huge* tongue stud!!! Ick. ;-)

    Posted by: Marty | Jan 27, 2009 9:48:17 AM

  9. Well, he was a bit flaming, and he certainly didn't play the game well, but he did make up for it when he introduced his fiancé. But buying all those vowels when he obviously already knew the answer? What a waste, and a great way to get regular fans of the show to dislike him.

    Posted by: husky14620 | Jan 27, 2009 9:50:22 AM

  10. That is so nice to see! I do wonder what Pat Sajak thought of it... isn't he a bit of a right wing tool?

    Posted by: TikiHead | Jan 27, 2009 9:50:40 AM

  11. I haven't seen WoF in like forever. When did they start using the itty bitty wheel?

    This was a smart move on making the show relevant to younger viewers. All polls show those under 30 overwhelmingly support us with even the majority of right wing xtians under 30 not bothered by gay marriage. To last into the next decade , the producers of WoF did a smart thing.

    Anyway; do they still do the tacky and overpriced prizes thing. "I'll take the ceramic dalmation for $1,000"


    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Jan 27, 2009 9:59:08 AM

  12. Yes, Pat Sajak is a republican, but I'd be surprised if he's anti-gay. "Hollywood republicans" tend to be supportive of gays, because they've been around and exposed to gays for years. Any conservative in Hollywood isn't going to be someone who has never had a close gay friend.

    Posted by: GayRepublican | Jan 27, 2009 9:59:16 AM

  13. Very good indeed, I'm glad they did that!
    To be honest, here in the UK it's already quite common to see gay contestants in trivia quizzes (e.g. Deal or No Deal is often attended by gay contestants with their bfs!), and that's the way it should be all around the world!

    Posted by: BadMax | Jan 27, 2009 10:00:10 AM

  14. As for the show, yes, I think this is the first time they've ever aired a man referring to his lover as 'fiance'. Usually it's 'best friend' or or something like that. Odds are good that the show didn't want to offend its elderly viewers, but with times changing and even the elderly starting to get on board, I think the show not only made the morally right move, but also the smart move in terms of business.

    Posted by: GayRepublican | Jan 27, 2009 10:02:58 AM

  15. Please! Won't someone think of the sweaters?!

    Posted by: Tom A. | Jan 27, 2009 10:04:54 AM

  16. This is sunny & sweet.
    How great.
    Normalizing and personalizing mean a lot.

    Posted by: Brad | Jan 27, 2009 10:17:50 AM

  17. LOL at Tom A. I was gonna mention the sweaters... but Yeek shamed me for even thinking it.

    But yeh, those sweaters.

    Posted by: crispy | Jan 27, 2009 10:37:21 AM

  18. Sad that this comes AFTER the closeted creator of the show is dead and gone.

    Posted by: paul c | Jan 27, 2009 10:46:01 AM

  19. Good for them and much happiness, just surprised that Sajack's right wing GOP head didn't spin around a few times!

    Posted by: Luke | Jan 27, 2009 10:48:21 AM

  20. i've been waiting for this to happen on wheel. They're the last holdout among the big game shows, in terms of allowing openly gay contestants to mention their partners. I've always wanted to audition, but knew i wouldn't get on, because i wouldn't hide being gay in the screening interview. Yeah for wheel! (i guess, as others have noted, that pat's not THAT kind of wacky republican - he's a 'hollywood' republican).

    Posted by: dw | Jan 27, 2009 11:03:31 AM

  21. I saw it and it was great- good to see two guys not hiding their life. I do remember seeing another contestant that made it to the final round and he introduced his partner - another man, so it's probably not a first, but is definately a statement.

    Posted by: Rex | Jan 27, 2009 12:00:12 PM

  22. Gay.

    Posted by: TANK | Jan 27, 2009 12:03:35 PM

  23. I'm surprised Pat Sajak's head didn't explode like that scene from Scanners.

    Posted by: Tread | Jan 27, 2009 12:06:01 PM

  24. Also it should be mentioned that - while it may be trick editing - when the contestant announced that the person in the friends & family slot was his fiance, I didn't see any groans or grimaces or any negative facial expressions of the sort. Maybe they train those Wheel audiences well. have fun with that $40K in Tahoe!

    Posted by: Harrison | Jan 27, 2009 12:38:48 PM

  25. This wasn't really the first time. A few months ago they had a rather effeminate guy on and he shut the other two constestants out and won every game, plus the bonus round. He introduced his "friend" and they hugged. Wasn't lost on me. Loved it!!! Especially the shut out. He was one smart kid!

    Posted by: bugack | Jan 27, 2009 1:21:31 PM

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