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Sean Hayes Opens Up About Coming Out to the Media

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Tuesday Oct 29, 2013
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Samantha Isler as Ellie, left, and Sean Hayes as Sean in "Sean Saves The World."
Samantha Isler as Ellie, left, and Sean Hayes as Sean in "Sean Saves The World."  (Source:AP Photo)

Actor Sean Hayes, best known for his role as the flamboyant Jack McFarland from the groundbreaking NBC sitcom "Will & Grace," says he owes the LGBT community an apology for coming out too late in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

In the interview, Hayes was asked if he thought he played Jack "too gay."

"I was so young," Hayes said. "It made me go back in the closet [with the media] because I was so overwhelmed at 26 or 27. I didn’t want the responsibility, I didn’t know how to handle the responsibility of speaking for the gay community. I always felt like I owed them a huge apology for coming out too late. Some people in the gay community were very upset with me for not coming out on their terms."

"They don’t stop to think about what’s going on in somebody’s personal life, and the struggles that they’re having. It was all very scary," he continued. "We got death threats. It was a really rough time for me, but I was also having the time of my life."

The Huffington Post reports that a number of LGBT media outlets criticized Hayes, 43, for not admitting to being gay around the time "Will & Grace" premiered in 1998.

In 2010 he defended himself in an interview with the Advocate and said he "I am who I am. I was never in, as they say. Never." and officially came out to the media, saying, "I feel like I’ve contributed monumentally to the success of the gay movement in America, and if anyone wants to argue that, I’m open to it. You’re welcome, Advocate."

Hayes currently stars in a new sitcom, "Sean Saves the World," where he plays a single gay father with a teen daughter. The actor says he isn’t trying to send any message about gay parenting, however.

"I want to make people laugh first, and that’s it," he told the LA Times. "If a byproduct of that is enlightening somebody to something they wouldn’t otherwise have been exposed to, then great, but that’s certainly not the agenda or the intent of the show."

Comments

  • Anonymous, 2013-10-30 02:33:17

    I take the lack of comments on Sean Hayes as a sign of how irrelevant he has become to our lives today. Maybe he would have been had he made this decision when he was at the top of TV Ratings, perhaps not. We’ll never know. Is Mr. Hayes making his non-apology for not coming out then a grasp that we will once again and embrace him and praise him and make his flop a #1 ratings grabber? Fool me once Sean, shame on me. Fool me twice, shame on you. Sean Hayes was a stereotype of the worst kind in 1998 and still is in 2013.


  • Anonymous, 2013-10-30 08:16:29

    No clue why the login will not work for me on this app..but... I’m so tired of all the hyper critical posts online scrutinizing others for perceieved wrongs; especially on something as personal as their decision to come out. Until you have faced the exact same situation Mr. Hayes had to...maybe you should put the pitchfork down. As for the show SEAN SAVES THE WORLD... I love the writing and the cast...only wish the ratings were better.JustJasen


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