Fez Marie Whatley, co-host of
SiriusXM's The Ron and Fez Show, announced he is gay during
his show's Friday broadcast.
Whatley, who has spent 20 years playing
a flamboyant gay character on the air, said he was devastated to find
out that his fiction had become reality.
“Coming to this realization was
devastating,” Whatley said. “After all those years of denying
it, it was true. Fez Whatley was no longer a character that I played
on the air. He was me. And now it wasn't funny anymore. I was now
everything that I joked about. I got depressed … I couldn't make
myself be Fez Whatley anymore. I was terrified about being really
Whatley decided to come out on the
one-year anniversary of his father's death.
The 47-year-old radio host added that
he had found inspiration in the openly gay comics that have come
“There are too many important issues
out there facing gay Americans for me to just be yelling out the
occasional protest from the closet. I see comedians like Wanda
Sykes, Margaret Cho, Mo Rocca, and most recently Todd Glass, and they
haven't lost their sense of humor. They're entertaining and still
make a difference in the community.” (The audio is embedded in the
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