Straight Reality Star Todd Chrisley Addresses Gay Rumors (Again): “Today, I’m Not Gay”

Todd Chrisley and son Chase Chrisley

Todd Chrisley, the bankrupt 45-year-old star of USA’s reality drama series Chrisley Knows Best, first addressed rumors that he was gay in a March interview with People magazine.

He described himself as “proudly flamboyant, unabashedly enthusiastic about fashion,” and potentially a “gay pop icon,” but insisted that he “didn’t live in a closet,” even though he never fully refuted being gay.

“The fact that you are thinking about what I’m doing in my bedroom at 45 is exciting to me,” he said.

Chrisley has long been suspected of being gay because his over-the-top mannerisms and extremely dramatic behaviors read more like a drag queen than a wealthy Southern grandfather. This week at the Television Critics Association press tour, Chrisley addressed the “gay” question once again with The Wrap.

“I don’t feel there’s a need for me to not address it,” Chrisley said, referring to the March interview in People. “The reporter asked the question and it’s rude of me not to respond.”

He continued:

“I don’t believe that being gay is something you should be ashamed of. I don’t believe it’s something you should hide. And if I wanted to date someone, I would call you and I would ask you go to dinner with me. But right now, I’m very content in my life with where I am. Today, I’m not gay.”

Todd Chrisley isn’t gay. Today.

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  • James Hart

    Whether he’s gay or not, I find him VERY unattractive.

  • tardis

    SO, the man is gay? So, he wants to have a wife and children and not be in a gay relationship…why can’t he. He’s not condemning gay couples. He’s not hurting anyone…live and let live.

    No one needs to point out the obvious to this man.

  • DarkZephyr

    @James Hart: But I suppose if he saw you he would be warm for your form?

  • Cam

    So the entire point of this show is that we are supposed to laugh at this “Straight” guy exemplifying every outdated ridiculous gay stereotype?

  • MCHG

    @Cam: no, the point is to watch a rich family doing wacky stuff and become more familiar with the the protagonists, just like every other reality show out there. If you watch the actual show, the last thing you’re thinking about is gay identity politics. He dresses well (because he’s rich), he talks funny (cuz he’s southern), and he’s flamboyant (because he’s a narcissist). This is why you don’t project your identity on to others, because something as innocuous as his eccentric ways becomes an issue to people he’s not even trying to harm. If it means anything to those who think he’s gay, he’s been sued for sexually harassing women before.

  • dellisonly

    Sure looks like Nick Swardson to me. Sounds like him too. Did anyone stop to ask how real this reality was?

  • Cam


    Funny then if NOBODY is thinking about that, then why is every interview with the guy discussing his sexuality, and him talking about not being gay?

    Yeah, NOBODY is thinking it are they?

  • MCHG

    @Cam: I never said that nobody is thinking that. I said that realistically, if you sit down and watch the show for what it is, a cheesy show about rich people, the last thing that you’ll be thinking about is his sexuality. There’s a fringe portion of the population that sees gay everywhere, even there’s no reason to.

  • Cam


    Your comment stated that anybody who thought there was anything gay was “Projecting their identity on others”.

    There isn’t a “Fringe” portion of the population thinking this, I stated quite clearly that every piece of publicity about the show I’ve seen written has him talking about being a gay icon, or not being gay, or his kids thinking he’s gay etc…

    They themselves mention it CONSTANTLY in the publicity. The question is, why are you so adamantly claiming that this is not the case?

  • Mr-DJ

    Sooo why are we accusing him of being Gay just because he is flamboyant? That’s a trait, along with other ‘mannerisms,’ that some “PEOPLE” have, Gay or Straight. I still don’t get why ‘effeminate’ equates to Gay. I am Gay because I am a masculine male who prefers men and masculine things, as do most. So flamboyance and wearing female clothing has less place in my life and relationships than that of a straight man.

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