Oprah hosts three gay stars on network before premier of “Bridegroom”

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This Sunday, Oprah will be sitting down with three openly gay stars on her show “Oprah’s Next Chapter” to discuss coming out and the progression of the gay rights movement. 

“Modern Family” actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson, actress and comedian Wanda Sykes, and Dan Bucatinsky from the critically acclaimed show “Scandal,” will talk about their personal experiences, gay marriage, and what it means to be openly gay in Hollywood. 

OWN’s First Look clip gives a sneak preview to the conversation about the gay rights movement. In the clip, Oprah says, “We’ve obviously come a long way since Ellen on the cover of Time,” who came out publicly in 1997, to which Sykes responds, “Ellen jumped on the grenade.” 

Bucatinsky adds, “Seeing an onscreen kiss between two men is small potatoes now.” Bucatinsky’s character in “Scandal” frequently shares on-screen kisses with his politician husband, Cyrus Beene, played by Jeff Perry. 

The Huffington Post also posted a video clip from the upcoming show in which Ferguson claims, “I do feel like this is the defining civil rights movement of our time.” He goes on to add: “In every civil rights movement, it takes a long time. That’s just the way it is; history shows that. Obviously, I would like for this to move faster than it is and I would like for it to move without casualty.”

The show will then be followed by the premiere of the documentary “Bridegroom,” which follows the tragic love story of Shane Bitney Crone and Tom Bridegroom. 

Oprah’s Next Chapter will air on Sunday, October 27th at 9/8c. 

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