Billy Crystal thinks TV can get too gay. And he’s someone who played one of the first gay characters on television. According to The Wrap, Billy spoke about today’s gay portrayals on tv during a panel saying, “Sometimes I think, ‘Ah that’s too much for me”.
Crystal shocked audiences in the 70s playing Jodie Dallas, one of the first regular gay parts on the tv sitcom “Soap.”
“It was very difficult at the time. Jodie was really the first recurring [gay] character on network television and it was a different time, it was 1977. So, yeah, it was awkward. It was tough,” Crystal said. He added, “I did it in front of a live audience and there were times when I would say to Bob [Seagren], ‘I love you,’ and the audience would laugh nervously. I wanted to stop the taping and go, ‘What is your problem?’”
At the time, it was groundbreaking. Now he feels it’s just gratuitous. However, he’s not naming names. “Sometimes, it’s just pushing it a little too far for my taste and I’m not going to reveal to you which ones they are.” Although he did support kissing Jack Nicholson on the mouth on the Lakers’ Kiss Cam as a gag, he’s afraid TV will go gay too often. “I hope people don’t abuse it and shove it in our face… to the point where it feels like an every day kind of thing.”
Crystal was doing the panel to promote his new series on FX co-starring Josh Gad, “The Comedians”. The series premieres April 9th at 10pm et on FX, right before the return of “Louie”.