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Jesse Williams brushes off nudity-on-stage issue to Andy Cohen

Jesse Williams talks nudity with Andy Cohen
Jesse Williams (Photo: YouTube)

Jesse Williams, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and some other cast members from the Broadway production Take Me Out appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on Monday night. The play is about a closeted, gay baseball player.

In the After Show segment, Williams talked about the issue of nudity in the show. His comments came after the leak of a video of him naked. The clip comes from a locker room scene in the play.

Related: Nude, full-frontal video leak of Jesse Williams sends Twitter into meltdown

Take Me Out’s home, the Hayes Theater, has forbidden audience members from using their phones during the performance and requests cells be locked away in protective bags.

The video went viral on Twitter, with many commenting on Williams’ extra-large manhood. Twitter has since scrambled to delete the re-posted images.

Williams brushed off the hoo-ha about the nudity.

“It’s a body, once you see it, you realize it’s whatever, it’s a boy! I just have to make it not that big of a deal.”

It was more of a big deal for Second Stage Theater, the company running the production. It issued a statement yesterday afternoon saying: “It is deeply unfortunate that one audience member chose to disrespect the production, their fellow audience members, and most importantly, the cast in this matter.

“Posting it on the internet is a gross and unacceptable violation of trust between the actor and audience forged in the theater community.”

Williams told Cohen he tried not to overthink any audience reaction to his nude scene, saying often people fall deadly silent during that part of the play.

“I’ve learned … don’t try and read into it, because it just creates more insecurities.”

Williams later joked that he didn’t feel good about how his penis looked on stage, which generated a handful of sympathetic groans from the audience.

Elsewhere in their conversation, Williams, who left Grey’s Anatomy in May 2021, confirmed that he would be returning for the upcoming, 400th episode, season finale, alongside Sarah Drew.

Related: Jesse Tyler Ferguson talks Broadway, baseball and LGBTQ rights

Jesse Tyler Ferguson also talked about Modern Family, saying there had been discussions about a Missouri-set spin-off focussing on gay husbands Mitch and Cam. Sadly, the network decided against it.

“We’d been on for 11 years and I think they were ready to move in a different direction,” Ferguson said by way of explanation, prompting Cohen to joke that Hulu needs new programming ideas.