Bob Newhart has cancelled his performance at the conservative anti-gay Legatus Summit, scheduled for February 6 in Orlando, FL.
Newhart made the announcement via his Twitter page, stating: “Upcoming Bob Newhart Tour Date Change — Bob will not be performing at the Legatus Summit on Orlando FL on February 6.
There was no explanation given.
Newhart’s initial decision to perform at this notoriously anti-gay summit was received with raised eyebrows by gay rights groups, as Newhart has been honored by the LGBT community on many accounts.
In addition to playing alongside openly gay actor Jim Parsons in “The Big Bang Theory,” Newhart and Parsons recently won an Emmy at the 2013 Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Inspiration Awards; the two actors appeared on stage together to accept their award.
Thus, Newhart incited much surprise from the LGBT community when he agreed to headline at the anti-gay Legatus Summit.
Although his announcement of cancellation was posted with no explanation, conclusions could be drawn that it may have something to do with the two petitions he received from outraged fans.
In addition to the possibility that Newhart may not have realized the focus of the Summit, Newhart received a petition from Faithful America, which was signed by 17,000 people asking him to cancel his show. A transgender comic also created a Change.org petition which asked Newhart to withdraw from the performance.