Billy Crystal Clarifies Sex on TV Remarks

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Billy Crystal Clarifies Sex on TV Remarks.

The actor, who appeared during a panel to support FX’s upcoming half-hour series The Comedians, made pointed remarks during his time in front of the press about the current state of sex on television. Crystal, who became one of network television’s first gay characters on comedy show Soap in the 1970s, said contemporary programs are ‘pushing it a little too far’.The 66-year-old Hollywood appeared in plenty of classic features throughout his 40-year career, including The Princess Bride and When Harry Met Sally… “To be honest, this is a terrible thing to say,” Billy told. “I am so happy doing this show, if I never made another movie, I’d feel bad, but not terrible because at this point of my life and my career, I get everything I want in this show. “I write a little bit, I produce a little bit, I have [co-star Josh].Actor Billy Crystal — probably best known these days not for his own acting but for being the Academy Awards host nine times in the last 25 years, most recently in 2012, following the disastrous James Franco/Anne Hathaway debacle — has said at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif., that he believes gay scenes on television are “pushing it” and that “sometimes I think, ‘Ah that’s too much for me,’ ” according to a report on The Wrap. He declined to cite any examples, but implied that intolerant attitudes he struggled with while playing Jodie Dallas from 1977 to 1981 have now swung the other way.

Later, he added, “I hope people don’t abuse it and shove it in our face… to the point where it feels like an everyday kind of thing,” according to The Wrap. “Jodie was really the first recurring (gay) character on network television and it was a different time, it was 1977. Crystal, who once himself starred as a gay man on the ’70s TV series soap, said he found that experience awkward at times, due to people’s reactions to his homosexuality onscreen: It was very difficult at the time. THR had several staffers attending the session and, in a room full of about 200 members of the media, none of those present had a follow-up remark for Crystal, or asked the actor to clarify his comments in the subsequent post-session interview.

However, Crystal’s remarks on LGBT scenes were met with hostility online, with users asking what the “proper amount” of exposure is that gay people should have on TV. He had earlier described how audiences were slow to accept openly gay moments in Soap while it was being aired on ABC – particularly when he was interacting with on-screen boyfriend Bob Seagren, who played Dennis Phillips. Based on a Swedish series, it also stars “The Wedding Ringer” star Josh Gad as a younger comedian who gets paired up with Crystal’s aging showbiz vet for a late-night sketch show. In a discussion reported in a blog on Xfinity, Crystal first blasted the today’s culture of taking offense, then expressed his regret over speaking out at all. ‘People come up to you and ask if you were offended. That’s offensive to me.’ He said: ‘When it gets too far either visually…now, that world exists because it does for the hetero world, it exists, and I don’t want to see that either.’

I love that if we were it was I have to say we, because Susan Harris wrote him, and Paul Witt and Tony Thomas and Jay Sandrich and an amazing cast of that show supported me and let me play those scenes, helped me play those scenes with some sort of courage, in a front of a live audience.

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