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Fans are turning on Gus Kenworthy and it’s all thanks to Colton Underwood / Queerty

Fans are turning on Gus Kenworthy and it’s all thanks

Ever since he first came out in 2015, Gus Kenworthy hasn’t had a single negative headline ever written about him. The guy has somehow managed to avoid any major scandals and remain a beloved figure in the LGBTQ community, as well as an awesome role model. But it looks like that might soon be changing thanks to Colton Underwood.

It all started Wednesday morning when the 29-year-old Bachelor star came out as gay during a sit-down interview with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America. Later that day, Variety broke the news that he’s in the middle of filming a docuseries for Netflix about accepting his sexuality and that Kenworthy is “acting as a guide” to him.

Almost immediately, a backlash ensued. Many people were upset that Underwood was being rewarded for coming out with a big splashy interview and Netflix show given his not-so-distant-history of alleged abuse against his ex-girlfriend, Cassie Randolph. (Read all about that here.)

Now, a change.org petition calling on Netflix to cancel the series has garnered 10,000 signatures and counting. It reads:

Colton is a former bachelor lead who stalked his final pick, Cassie Randolph. He placed a tracker on her car, sent her and her friends anonymous threatening texts, and was even seen standing outside her window extremely late in the night, resulting in her brother attempting to de-escalate the situation. Cassie is a victim of Colton’s abuse, and he does not deserve a platform in any way. Regardless of his sexuality, Colton should not be given a platform as a result of his abusive, manipulative, and dangerous behavior.

People have also started turning their ire toward Kenworthy, calling on him to drop out of the project, which, honestly, sounds like it might be kind of difficult/maybe impossible if the show is already in the middle of production.

We have no doubt that Kenworthy will figure out how to handle the sticky situation and make the best decision (he always does!), but in the meantime, here’s what folx are saying…

Graham Gremore is the Features Editor and a Staff Writer at Queerty. Follow him on Twitter @grahamgremore.

Ellen DeGeneres thanks ‘amazing staff’ and fans for ‘sticking by’ her while accepting People’s Choice award

Ellen DeGeneres thanks 'amazing staff' and fans for 'sticking by'

Ellen DeGeneres has thanked her “amazing” fans and staff for standing by her after scandal enveloped her TV show.

The comic was forced to make drastic behind-the-scenes changes on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, sacking three key producers after a damning investigation exposed an alleged toxic work environment and a culture of fear and bullying.

Network executives were reported to have considered cancelling the show amid a stream of negative headlines, including many about DeGeneres – who was accused of being  “one of the meanest people alive” away from the cameras.

Talk show host says she ‘thanks staff for what they do every single day’.

Despite the controversy, the embattled host picked up the best daytime talk show award at the E! People’s Choice Awards on Sunday (November 15), acknowledging the behind-the-scenes issues.

She said: “I am not only accepting this award for myself but on behalf of my amazing crew and staff who make the show possible.

“They show up every single day, they give 100 percent of themselves, 100 percent of the time.”

DeGeneres continued: “I love them all, and I thank them for what they do every single day to help that show be the best that we try to make it every single day.

“I know this award comes from the people, and I say thank you to all of my fans for supporting me, for sticking by me.

“I can’t tell you how grateful I am and what this means to me, it’s more than I could possibly tell you, especially right now.”

She joked of the trophy at the socially-distanced ceremony: “I’m going to wipe it down with Lysol and then I’m going to put it on my shelf.”

Ellen DeGeneres used her show to address claims of bullying. 

In September, DeGeneres addressed the allegations head-on as her show returned from its summer break.

“Welcome to season 18 of The Ellen DeGeneres Show!” the 62-year-old said, ending a months-long silence.

“If you’re watching because you love me, thank you. If you’re watching because you don’t love me, welcome.

“How was everybody’s summer? Good? Mine was great. Super terrific!”

Ellen DeGeneres during a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Ellen DeGeneres during a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. (Getty/Brooks Kraft)

DeGeneres continued: “Let’s get to it. As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show, and then there was an investigation.

“I learned that things happened here that never should have happened. I take that very seriously and I want to say I am so sorry to the people who were affected.

“I know that I am in a position of privilege and power and I realise that with that comes responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens at my show.”

Rare color footage of “I Love Lucy” taken by fan’s smuggled camera / Queerty

Rare color footage of “I Love Lucy” taken by fan’s

We may be have more home viewing options than we currently know what to do with, but the original golden age of TV is still pretty mesmerizing. And fewer shows captured audiences quite like I Love Lucy.

In a recirculated video, we get a color glimpse at the iconic program thanks to one fan who snuck in a 8mm color video camera to the October 12, 1951 taping. How very clandestine.

The taping that night on Soundstage #2 of Desilu Studios in Hollywood was for the 6th episode of season one — “The Audition.”

Watch below for this rare glimpse at TV history: