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Russell Tovey Apologizes for Saying He's Glad He Never Became 'Really Effeminate' or a 'Tapdancing Freak'

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Looking actor Russell Tovey apologized earlier today on Twitter for heavily-criticized remarks he made in an interview with The Guardian earlier this week.

Tovey talked about growing up on stage and the role his father played in his coming out process:

"I was so envious of everyone who went to Sylvia Young Theatre School. I wanted to go but my dad flat-out refused. He thought I’d become some tapdancing freak without qualifications. And he was right in a way. I’m glad I didn’t go. That might have changed…I feel like I could have been really effeminate, if I hadn’t gone to the school I went to. Where I felt like I had to toughen up. If I’d have been able to relax, prance around, sing in the street, I might be a different person now. I thank my dad for that, for not allowing me to go down that path. Because it’s probably given me the unique quality that people think I have.”

Tovey's remarks set off a firestorm on social media by people who saw them as 'femmephobic'.

Tovey took to Twitter overnight and apologized, saying his remarks were misunderstood:

"I surrender. You got me. I'm sat baffled and saddened that a mis- fired inarticulate quote of mine, has branded me worst gay ever...If you feel I have personally let you down, I'm sorry, that was never my intention...I'm proud to be who I am and proud for others We're in this together, I want you to know whatever you think I meant, I didn't...I'm gonna ride this out, and one day we will all look back on this moment with a half smile of fascination and amusement...Until that day I'm gonna carry on being me #lowersflag x"

'Looking' Back: Episode 15, 'Looking For A Plot' - RECAP


For an episode titled “Looking For A Plot,” this may have been one of the most eventful episodes of the series yet. While the ‘plot’ in the title refers to a burial plot and not the narrative arc, it still felt like a response to some audience members who keep throwing the word 'boring.' Tonight was an example of what this show is capable of at its best.

On top of some of the larger developments that happened throughout the episode, tonight was also a showcase of the immensely talented Lauren Weedman as Doris. She’s been the acerbic comic relief, but thanks to her relationship with Malik (Bashir Salahuddin), she’s becoming a more fleshed out character. In “Looking For A Plot,” Doris became a richly textured character, and Weedman’s masterful performance lent depth to Doris as she laughed, cried and danced her heart out to “Walking On Sunshine.”

 Let's dish on the trip to Modesto, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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'Looking' Back: Episode 14, 'Looking For Gordon Freeman'


It's often easy to forget that Looking is technically considered a comedy, but tonight's episode, "Looking For Gordon Freeman," seemed to have more laughs than usual. Sure, there were the usual zingers from Daniel Franzese's Eddie ("You know a party's really awesome when everyone starts talking about AIDS,") and Doris (Lauren Weedman), but there were a few other laugh-out-lines from the rest of the cast, too (like when Murray Bartlett's Dom responded "Isn't that just for porn?" when asked about Tumblr). Then again, maybe everything Dom says is just funnier in a Sia He-Man wig.

Of course, all those small moments are nothing compared to the big, cringe-worthy tirade Patrick (Jonathan Groff) unleashed on a party stuffed with all the primary players.

Let's discuss the fallout and everything that led up to it, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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'Looking' Back: Episode 13, 'Looking For the Truth'


Each week, there are still loads of comments bemoaning Looking's 30-minute format. On episodes like tonight's "Looking For the Truth" (and last season's "Looking For the Future," which we'll talk much more about later), some of that gets addressed by isolating characters and focusing on less of the ensemble. The episode feels fuller when some of the storylines get a little more room to breathe.

We spent literally zero time with Dom (Murray Bartlett) tonight, and I don't think the episode suffered because of it. Not because his isn't a compelling character, but we were given more rich moments with Patrick (Jonathan Groff) and even Agustin (Frankie J. Alvarez).

Let's chat about a few key points from tonight's installment, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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What To Watch This Week on TV: Rosie Stands Up; Quinto's 'Slap'


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.

— Zachary Quinto stars as just one part of the all-star cast of NBC’s The Slap. The miniseries follows what happens when someone takes it upon themselves to dole out some physical punishment to someone else’s unruly child. The drama unfolds with Uma Thurman, Thandie Newton, Peter Sarsgaard and more, starting Thursday at 8 p.m. Eastern.

Cumberbatch, O'Donnell and more on TV this week, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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'Looking' Back: Episode 12, 'Looking Down the Road'


The title of tonight’s episode, “Looking Down the Road,” might look toward on the future, but there was an awful lot happening in the present. Tensions broke across a few key relationships, creating ripples to reverberate across these characters over the next few weeks.

Don’t get too used to the rapid developments, because next week’s episode, which we’ve already had a peek at, is a return to the show’s slower form. It’s also one of my favorite episodes of the series, so make sure not to miss it.

But before we get there, let’s chat about some of the thing that went down tonight, AFTER THE JUMP

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