Meredith Baxter's Surreal Today Show "Confession"

Matt sat down with Meredith Baxter today, because she had a "confession" to make. Did she have a party crashing story to refute? Had she slept with her father? Nope. Turns out the Family Ties mom is gay.

If you're wondering "Why on earth is she going on The Today Show, out of the blue, with apparently no show business to promote, to announce this?" you're not alone, but it turns out Meredith was drawn out of her private life by tabloids who threatened to reveal her "secret," and decided to own the story herself. After three failed marriages, she realized seven years ago that she was a lesbian; she told her kids and friends, and was living openly with her partner, Nancy, without feeling any need to announce it publicly until the tabloid situation arose. So basically, it's really no big deal. But Meredith did say that she hopes that people who remember her from her Family Ties days (aww!) will think of her when issues of gay rights and social equality come up, and have a more open mind. In a week full of scandals and famewhores, Meredith's lack of sensationalism and matter-of-factness is refreshing. Below is the segment in its entirety (don't miss the weird part where Matt asks her if she had a "B-movie moment" in which she ran to the mirror screaming "I'm gay! I'm gay").

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Diana Prince

"What's the appropriate etiquette here?" W. . . T. . . F!!

Matt - didn't you or the production team take; oh I don't know, five minutes to discuss how this could be navigated without making your guest *squirm* in her seat?? I mean, I presume that was not the intent -right?? Just watching this excruciating shit gave me a sympathic anxiety attack.

Meridith, Meridith, why not go with the written statement? Here's how it's done:

"The public eye has always been kind to me, and until recently I have been able to live a pretty normal life. Now it seems there is speculation and interest in my private life and relationships. So, rather than ignore those who choose to publish their opinions without actually talking to me, I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions and am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay [wo] man living my life to the fullest and feel most fortunate to be working with wonderful people in the business I love" [Neil Patrick Harris, People Magazine, November 20, 2006]

Done.

oh yeah "also: fuck the tabloids and the vultures that produce them." (@Ack: )