gay Young and the Restless star auditioned for Big Brother 3.

gay Young and the Restless star auditioned for Big Brother 3.
Thom Bierdz, who played Phillip Foster Chancellor III from 1986 to 1989 on The Young and the Restless, auditioned for Big Brother 3, wanting to become the show’s gay male cast member because he was “ready to come out publicly.” On his web site, he writes, “Didn’t the show need a masculine gay guy on it for a change?–which would portray gays in a better light than weak and over-sensitive Bunky of last season?” He wasn’t cast, however; in his essay, he recounts his audition and talks about why he might not have been selected.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.

Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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