by Ms. Black Hollywood
Pick any day of the week and you can find celebs clashing over ex loves, current loves, wanna be loves, etc. So when actor Tituss Burgess fired shots at talk show host Andy Cohen, much of IG flocked to the “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” actor’s page like a bunch of second graders huddled around a playground fight. Except Burgess wasn’t here to play.
Burgess recently appeared on Cohen’s “Watch What Happens Live” which everyone should have indeed watched live because the appearance led the actor to call the host “…a messy queen.”
Burgess criticized Cohen for trying to dig up dirt on another actor while talking about Burgess’ work in the upcoming film “Dolemite Is My Name” which also stars Eddie Murphy. Cohen asked, “Did you get to chat with him at all? He was very problematic for the gays at one point when I was coming up.”
Cohen was referring to a number of homophobic jokes Murphy made during his 1981 HBO comedy special “Delirious”. Murphy eventually apologized for the jokes saying at the time he made jokes about gays and AIDS. The “Beverly Hills Cop” star basically blamed it on being young and dumb saying he was only 21 years old at that time. Murphy also says he was very misinformed. Though it took him more than 15 years to offer the public apology, Murphy did sound sincere saying, “I deeply regret any pain” caused.
Fast forward to Burgess’ interview with Cohen trying to resurrect the whole Murphy-Gay People beef. It’s evident Burgess was trying to sidestep Cohen and the line of questioning. When graceful attempts failed, Tituss blurted Murphy “...wasn’t problematic for Tituss, and we had a wonderful time…Any troubles he may have had with gay people I guess are gone because he loved me.” Burgess then glanced off-camera and mouthed something to someone. Cohen asked “What are you saying, Tituss?” and Burgess just quipped, “Keep going, girl. Do your show.”
After the show, Burgess had a lot to say on IG and he did…”Sunday was a display of ratchet behavior by a well connected man having blatant disregard for one of his guests. If only time were taken to know who I am and not assuming that I am the character I play on TV, he would know how to conduct a proper interview with at all!”
That was just the warm-up. Burgess turned up the heat as he continued saying, “I received 4 Emmy nominations for acting! NOT for being my self,” he continued. “He was lucky I had my wits and Christian values THAT day. Always keep it classy. Being friends with other talented celebrities doesn’t make you talented, it makes you friends with other famous celebrities! He should rip a page from Anderson Cooperand learn how to do his job”
Burgess had more to unload– “He should remember his talk show isn’t an episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta! It’s a place where artists come to talk about art and have a little fun. NOT a place to rehash old rumors or bring a star negative press.”
Burgess was right and wrong. He was right for not letting an interviewer corral him into saying things about a co-star especially since the issue Cohen was trying to bring up had been dealt with by Murphy.
Burgess chastised Cohen for confusing the actor with the gossipy, catty character he plays on TV, but Burgess was also confused apparently. Had he not ever seen Cohen’s show? Getting gossipy looking for dirt is his show! So why be a guest and expect Cohen to be different this one day? Cohen was doing his job.
Cohen doesn’t have to change his M.O. or catty nature in the future, but he might want to cross the street if he sees Burgess heading towards him on the sidewalk.