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Will Oprah Give Any of These Gays Their Own Talk Show?

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There might be a few gays (Nate Berkus, Cat Cora, Carson Kressley) helping Oprah finally roll out her OWN television network, but might there be room for one more? Plenty of queers sure hope so.

Part viral marketing campaign and part actual casting session, Oprah’s Search For The Next TV Star is giving one lucky person the chance to star in his or her “own” show on OWN (get it?), whenever that baby finally launches — supposedly on Jan. 11. And we’ve already received a slew of emails from contestants, hoping a little plug on Queerty might push them up in the votes. So, why not?

We’ve got lesbian radio show host Amy Matheny, uh, interviewing herself in her audition tape (see above clip). We’ve got gay guy Leigh Cambre, who was once involved in that sting operation to test J. Crew’s transgender hiring policies, who gets conned into trying out. And then there’s Justin Ward, who “is on a quest to erase religious stigmas that perpetuate gay inequality,” and wants to host something called Faithful & Fabulous.

All of them, however, are up against Zach Anner, who’s currently in first place, and is funny as shit. Oh, and he’s got cerebral palsy, “the sexiest of the palsies.” Zach wants to host a travel show that’ll inspire people “who never thought they could travel.”