During their pre-performance chat, guest co-host Ashleigh Banfield asked Hayes about the Newsweek web article in which reporter Ramin Setoodeh argued that gay actors are unbelievable in straight romantic roles. Hayes and Chenoweth both laughed off the article, with Hayes saying, “You can’t pigeonhole anybody” and that Setoodeh “doesn’t know what it means to be an artist.” Chenoweth believes the reporter did not properly research the article, saying to CourtTV and former MSNBC journalist Banfield and the other hosts, “You guys know how important it is to say things well. I don’t think he said it well.”
To view the performance and the stars’ complete chat time with the hosts, which also includes discussion of Promises and of Chenoweth’s recurring guest role on “Glee,” click here. (The discussion starts around the 20-minute mark, the performance at 35 minutes). For a clip of the Newsweek discussion, look below.
— Thomas Peter