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Where Did That "Marcia Cross Is Gay" Rumor Start?

Marcia Cross, a cast member from the television series

Marcia Cross, one of the stars of ABC's hit show Desperate Housewives, appeared on The View today and denied rumors reported in the press that she's gay. She also wondered how such a rumor got started.

The sole impetus for the stories now running in gossip columns worldwide is this DataLounge forum. The first post (quoted below) set off a frenzy of speculation that finally settled on Cross.

In other Desperate Housewives news, another cast member is going to come out of the closet in real life with the help of an upcoming cover of The Advocate and a string of talk show appearances. Just in time for May sweeps. Yes, I do know which cast member (it's the talk of the set thanks to the fact said cast member wants to give The Advocate the exclusive - the editor is a close friend of the star - before announcing it to the rest of the media and so the coming out process is as complicated as the plans for a war) but I will keep mom on who exactly it is other than to say that it won't be much of a surprise to those on DL. Oh, and the gay cast member will also announce a relationship with the lead of another TV series.

by: Your Friendly Spy At ABC 977 posts 02/01/05 @13:34

This is a classic example of a story that bubbled up via the Internet, and also a case where the expected additional reporting of the paid press never quite materialized. The gossip columnists just ran the story as fact without checking the source; presumably because other gossip columnists had already run the story.

Comments (15)

Gossip columnists don't fac... (Below threshold)

Gossip columnists don't fact check? There's some news.

Re: mantisActually... (Below threshold)

Re: mantis

Actually, it's the least they could've done. Ole fashion Hollywood gossip columnist ALWAYS error on the courtesy and accuracy. Afterall, if they alienated everyone, they won't have any source left, and they won't last long.

Oh man, she's one good look... (Below threshold)

Oh man, she's one good looking lady.

Could the accusation have b... (Below threshold)
Midnight Dreamer:

Could the accusation have been the result of documents uncovered by dan rathers?

DAMN! I was already daydre... (Below threshold)

DAMN! I was already daydreaming about Marcia taking Portia De Rossi away from Ellen, and then...

If only she liked chicks, I... (Below threshold)

If only she liked chicks, I wouldn't have to be jealous.

EASON JORDANHe kno... (Below threshold)


He knows no evil.

Besides,I thought ... (Below threshold)


I thought Kevin started it on that really exciting panel he was on last week where not everyone showed up on time.

Can't blame you for being creative to kill some time. But, do you now understand the implications of making up completely false statments Eason, umm -- I mean Kevin?

Have a nice day.

No, this was just the ty... (Below threshold)

No, this was just the type of blogger groupie he'd be getting at that panel... boy, was he mistaken.

Hmmmm, would it be cynical ... (Below threshold)
Just Don:

Hmmmm, would it be cynical to suggest the rumor came from a Desperate Housewife producer? Cross DID get on THE VIEW. Is Oprah next?

Oh, please. We all know thi... (Below threshold)

Oh, please. We all know this story came out of Marcia Cross' publicist's blonde little head. And it's genius. The woman made worldwide headlines by going on national television and saying, "Me? Hell no. I love cock."

She's still gotta prove it ... (Below threshold)

She's still gotta prove it to me herself.

Ask Mike Piazza whether som... (Below threshold)

Ask Mike Piazza whether something like this can ever be put back in the bottle.

Maybe they confused her wit... (Below threshold)

Maybe they confused her with Marcia Gay Harden?

She's beautiful and all & I... (Below threshold)
B. Holiday:

She's beautiful and all & I LOVED her as Kimberley Shaw on Melrose Place... but this gay thing? Seriously, who gives a damn?






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