Charlie Perez, the former WPLG news anchor in Miami who last year was demoted and then pushed out, he believes, for being “too gay,” is back on the scene with a new book. It’s called Confessions of a Gay Anchorman. Ooh, sounds naughty!
I’m assuming there must be at least a handful of juicy details, given that his ex was a crazy person and Charlie almost uprooted his life to take off for Connecticut (but canceling those plans after a death in the family). But Perez — who is now Charlie Rinehard, after legally taking the surname of his husband, whom he adopted a daughter with in Kansas — insists he’s “satisfactorily resolved all my differences with” his former employer, which sounds like there was a settlement reached and a non-disclosure agreement signed. Boo!
So what’s this book all about? Says Perez:
The book was an amazingly cathartic experience for me. From the day I went on the air in 1994 through my last day on the anchor desk at Channel 10 in Miami, I was always trying to balance the “gay” me with the professional me. I don’t think straight people on camera have to do that. This is that story, and a call to end what I call the double standard that goes along with being gay on TV. Meaning, you can be gay if you’re the side-kick, the clown, the stereotype, the design guru. But, if you’re the main guy – the serious guy – the non-stereotypical guy – the anchorman… it’s a different story. The book is filled with cameos from Anderson Cooper to Sam Champion to Ricki Lake. Hopefully it’s not only a good read, but will open up a conversation that’ll push us a bit more into the future. I hope so.
Back up there. Anderson and Sam? The two most homosexual closet inspectors on television? Don’t make me actually read this thing, Charlie! (
[Confessions of a Gay Anchorman comes out Feb. 1.]