Joel Creasey wants more gay people on Australian TV


Joel Creasey

Comedian Joel Creasey wants more diversity on Australian TV and is troubled by the fact he can’t name any other gay or lesbian hosts currently on air.

“It is shocking to me that I’m pretty much the only out gay man on commercial television in Australia that I know of,” the 25-year-old told News Corp.

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“We shouldn’t be having this conversation but there are so many gay and lesbian entertainers out there and it doesn’t translate to jobs on TV.

“A gay man is allowed to play a leading man on Broadway but you wouldn’t see him as a leading man on TV.

“It should be something that doesn’t need to be addressed but sadly this is the reality of the television industry in 2016.”

Joel also revealed he was once told by a major Perth radio station to “sound more straight” on air.

“I’m not paraphrasing either. Honestly what does a straight person sound like? I was dumbfounded,” he said.

The Australian comedian rose to fame on last year’s inaugural series of reality show “I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here”.

Creasey now hosts the spinoff show “I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here Now!” on Channel Ten.

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1 Comment

  1. More gay hosts needed says Joel Creaey.
    10 March 2016
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    Joel I think we should be pushing for more talented hosts on television. What matter their sexual persuasion. It’s this type of comment that turns producers off. Thank goodness a trailblazer like Josh Thomas was given a fair go with the ABC and has now had three seasons of his show Please Like Me. First lets get some quality shows for better hosts to get work.

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