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Gay Iconography: Kristin Chenoweth Is A Good Christian Belle

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They say good things comes in small packages, and that’s certainly the case with pint-sized star of stage and screen Kristin Chenoweth.

The blonde Broadway belter has been bringing down the house since her first show on the New York Stage, Animal Crackers, in 1993. Since that time, she’s racked up a Tony Award, an Emmy Award and a Grammy, among other accolades, charming audiences with her big voice and bigger personality.

Since growing up in Dallas, Texas, Chenoweth has considered herself a Christian. She was initially raised Southern Baptist, but has become what she described to The New York Times as a “nonjudgmental, liberal Christian.” In 2012, she further reiterated her commitment to her gay fans in an interview with ABC News:

“Even as a young child, I thought, 'Why is being gay bad?,'" she said. "I didn't understand it. So I asked my grandma, who is the best Christian I ever knew. I'd say, 'What about my friend Denny, he's gay, is he going to hell?' She told me, 'I read the Bible like I eat fish. I take the meat that serves me well but I don't choke on the bone.’”

At times her faith and her gay fans have clashed. To promote her 2005 album, As I Am, she appeared on The 700 Club, hosted by the notoriously bigoted Pat Robertson. She later admitted that she regretted doing the show and clarified her personal beliefs to The Sioux City Journal in 2006:

"I'm a very controversial figure in the Christian world. I don't believe if you're gay or you have a drink or you dance you're going to hell. I don't think that's the kind of God we have. The Pat Robertsons and Jerry Falwells of the world are scary. I want to be a Christian like Christ -- loving and accepting of other people."

Perhaps her most vocal support for the gay community came in support of her Promises, Promises co-star Sean Hayes. After a writer for Newsweek made the assertion that gay actors can’t convincingly place straight roles, Chenoweth responded with her own take: “Audiences aren’t giving a darn about who a person is sleeping with or his personal life. Give me a break! We’re actors first, whether we’re playing prostitutes, baseball players, or The Lion King.” Her support earned her a Vanguard Award at the 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in 2011.

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What To Watch This Week on TV: Chenoweth Comes Home

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Check out our weekly guide to make sure you're catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won't admit you watch when no one's looking.

— If you're biding your time until Magic Mike XXL, you could find worse ways to spend an hour or so than watching La Bare, Friday at 9 p.m. on Showtime. The documentary, directed by Mike star Joe Manganiello, follows a group of male dancers at a legendary Texas stripclub. (Learn more about La Bare from our interview with some of the stars.)

Grumpy Cat and Charlie Brown celebrate the season, plus Kristin Chenoweth brings Broadway to Oklahoma and more TV this week, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Kristin Chenoweth Sings Touching Tribute To Joan Rivers On 'The View' - VIDEO

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The wickedly popular Kristin Chenoweth stopped by The View yesterday to offer her own musical memorial to the recently departed Joan Rivers. Co-hosts Rosie O'Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg, who also attended Rivers' funeral, joined Chenoweth in paying tribute to the late great comedienne. 

Watch and listen to the Tony and Emmy winner sing "Borrowed Angels", AFTER THE JUMP...

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Kristin Chenoweth Speaks Out For Marriage Equality in New HRC Ad: WATCH

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Emmy-winner, Christian, and self-described shorty Kristin Chenoweth is speaking out for marriage equality in a new ad for the Human Rights Campaign.

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In the past, Chenoweth has often spoken about being both Christian and pro-gay. 

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Random Audience Member Picked by Kristin Chenoweth Stuns Hollywood Bowl with Voice: VIDEO

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At last night's concert at the Hollywood Bowl, Kristin Chenoweth chose a random audience member to join her on stage for a performance of "For Good" from Wicked.

The audience member (also, a voice teacher) Sarah Horn, explains:

Toward the end of the second half of the performance, Kristin wanders on to the pasarel. She held a mic up to a lady in front of me and asked if she knew the song "For Good." Nope. I took the chance, as I was directly behind Kristin, to stand up and wave and say, "I know the song!"

This is not like me - to jump up and wave my arms like a crazy person and raise my voice at a celebrity. As soon as she turned to look at me, I say right back down... and calmly said, "Hiiiii." ...

After this, she moved down the line and asked a guy if he knew the song and bantered with him for a few seconds. Afterwards, she said something about going back to pick me because I was a girl. Then, she invited me up on stage.

I sat there for a moment, stunned. Then the backup singer motioned for me to get up. I shot up out of my chair as my heart leaped up past my throat and started beating in my ears. I don't really remember what happened between the box and when I first set foot onstage except that there was now a microphone in my hand.

Kristin had no idea what was to come. And that's pretty much where the video picks up.

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Five Summer TV Series Everyone's Talking About

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BY BOBBY HANKINSON

Just because many consider summer to be television's "off-season," doesn’t mean there aren’t still plenty of new shows making their debut. Sure, some (much) of it is junk, as many networks burn off series that failed to inspire enough confidence to bow in the fall. Some shows manage to build a following despite the odds -- Seinfeld, Sex & the City and The O.C., to name a few -- but it's too early to tell which of the 2013 summer slate will become the next big hit.

Take a break from catching up on last season and binge-watching established shows on Netflix to check out these new series heating up the summer small screen. 

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