Lesbian reality dating show
Why it’s shocking: Television’s first opportunity to give gay men the chance to be humiliated on a reality dating show just like straight people had to throw in an extra dose of humiliation – one that gave the producers the meltdown they apparently wanted. That led to the series first-ever eviction as the other cast members voted Puck out of the house and into television infamy.
The singer’s response could easily be read as a flat denial, or as a veiled confession.
At the time, Seacrest told judge Piers Morgan was "in the closet," and that was just part of one of the season’s craziest boardrooms.
After Piers denied being gay, Donald Trump launched into an awkward defense of gay people ("You know what, there are gay people around, and that’s great, and there are non-gays, but you called him a homosexual, but he says he’s not a homosexual").
In modern reality television’s 16 years on cable and eight years on network, the genre has given television more (and often better) gay portrayals than scripted programming.
Whether part of competitions in artificial contexts or fly-on-the-wall footage of real people’s lives, reality TV has offered moments so unexpected that viewers might not have believed them if they occurred on a drama or sitcom.