Fox Edited Out “X Factor” Contestant Don Philip’s Emotional Coming Out

When pop star Britney Spears made her debut on The X-Factor this week, one of the contestants she helped send packing was Don Philip, who had recorded a song with Britney a decade earlier.

It was an emotional moment on the show, and one where Britney took a break from making humorous barbs to show some empathy. During his appearance, Philip told Spears, “I never thought I’d see you again…At the time I just…I didn’t feel like I was worthy.”

But it turns out Philip’s emotional appearance also included i him talking about his sexuality, saying he didn’t think Spears would approve of him when they first worked together because he was gay.

No, you weren’t heating up a Hot Pocket when it happened—Fox edited out his comments about being gay.

We reported Philips confession back in June, when he told his former singing partner, “I didn’t think you thought it was okay that I am gay.” People reported Spears says she was “fine” with it, and tried to help him regain his composure.

But that exchange didn’t make it to air on Wednesday. “I’m sorry they didn’t think it was up to The X Factor standard, as Britney says,” Philip told the site RumorFix. “Is gay bad for Fox? I didn’t do anything bad. They edited the gay out of me.”

Philip maintains he didn’t plan on coming out, but that producers forced it out of him and hounded him about his “secret.” After the taping his audition earlier this summer, Philip went to Facebook and commented that “perhaps this was not the place for me to reveal my very soul and obstacles of my past. Certainly not the place for a reunion… I promise I only had good intentions in mind.”

Source: Towleroad