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Soap Star Quits Because Of Gay Kiss

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Young & the Restless newcomer Chris Engen has up and left the series due to a shift in his character's orientation.

According to reports, the actor quit the soap this week because he allegedly did not want to kiss a male co-star.

Sources confirm that the actor has been absent from the tapings, calling in sick very frequently, and has been having meetings with the head honchos of the show. And they aren't too happy with him.

Since he is still under contract with the show, they might take legal action against him.

Seriously, you're an actor for crying out loud. You're not a writer. This is your job!

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234 comments to “Soap Star Quits Because Of Gay Kiss”

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  1. 1

    Just because some one does not want to kiss some one of the same sex does not mean they are a homophobe. I am for elqual rights 150% but I am straight and if I did not want to kiss another girl i would hope others could respect that.

  2. 2

    Get over it Mario!!! STRAIGHT POWER!!! If a gay didn't wanna kiss a woman it would be ok, but because he doesn't wana kiss a guy hes a homophobe… I think we need to start calling a spade a spade and see Perez for what he is… a STRAIGHTPHOBE!!! Good for you Chris Engen!!!

  3. 3

    He must be gay. Usually the only actors afraid of playing gay are the closet cases.

  4. Cedon says – reply to this


    Maybe he's scared he'll like it. I know I do :)

  5. 5

    That sucks. His storyline was getting really good. Too bad. I hope Clementine Ford (actually gay) and Elizabeth Hendrickson (played gay) kick his ass if he ever returns to set.

  6. 6

    He's afraid he might like it!

  7. 7

    What a dumbass. Does he not know what acting is? It is a character. If he cannot distinguish himself from his character and who he is, then he doesnt need to be an actor. There are THOUSANDS of guys that would kiss another guy on screen just to get a steady job like a soap-opera. I am sure the "Christians" will come in to save him…. loser….

  8. 8

    I'm all for gay rights but just because a straight person doesn't want to kiss someone of the same sex does not make them a homophobe. Perez, you really need to learn to choose your battles and this is one that does not need to be fought.

  9. 9

    give his job to someone who wants it. He's FUG any way

  10. 10

    If someone asked you to do something at your job that you didn't want to do and you felt strongly enough about it…wouldn't you quit? Mario, you're an idiot. The world isn't black and white. Just because people don't see things the way you do doesn't make it WRONG.

  11. 11

    Good for him. BTW not wanting to kiss someone of the same sex doesn't make you a homophobe. Be less stupid thx.

  12. 12

    i never comment here but i feel the need to because i think its unfair that chris is being labelled a homophobe…he didnt leave the show JUST because of this, the writers have ruined his character over the past several months and have painted him into a corner…and now they are trying to make an obviously straight character suddenly become gay…people dont just "become" gay…they either are or they arent and its poor writing to just randomly choose a character and decide he is gay with no buildup. it is just pure speculation that he left the show because he didnt want to kiss a man…to me he left because this show is going downhill..and they are ruining his character…i dont blame him for wanting out Y&R is at an all time low right now

  13. 13

    Not wanting to kiss a guy = homophobe?! Gimme a break.

  14. 14

    No one should have to do anything that makes them uncomfortable just for the sake of political correctness.

  15. 15


  16. sushi says – reply to this


    Maybe he doesn't want to kiss face when he knows those lips were just on some flamer's dick. Good for him.

  17. 17

    If he doesnt want to kiss another male, that his choice. Nobody should question that. Just because YOU think its normal, it doesnt mean everyone else does/should. ♥

  18. 18

    He's not a homophobe! I wouldn't want to kiss another girl. I think it's gross. Idc what you are or how you want to live, but if he doesn't want to kiss a guy bc he thinks it's gross then, he shouldn't have to. You're an ignorant fool. You can't play the discrimination card forever!

  19. 19

    Why should he go against his moral beliefs? Was it written in the contract that he had to kiss another man? Get over yourself Perez. Some people have boundaries as to what they will and what they won't be. Be true to ones own self.

  20. 20

    UmmmPerez this is an off day for you obviously. I'm clearly a homo but I seem to have missed the point where it became homophobic for a straight guy to not want to make out with another guy. I thinks its ridiculous that he would have to be quit because of this. couldnt the writers choose someone else to turn gay? wtf this seems wrong.. it makes gay peopel look ridiculous. I'm really embarrased…

  21. 21

    Oh get a grip! He is not a homophobe just because he refuses to kiss another man. You need to quit freaking out on people that dont share the same views as you.

  22. 22

    how would you feel if you had to french kiss Rumor Willis Mario???

  23. 23

    gay actors and actresses have had to kiss members of the opposite sex for years! time for the straight boys & girls to actually attempt "acting" as well.

  24. 24

    I think you should think before you post perez! so fuck if he didnt want to kiss another man, you would praise a gay man for refusing to kiss a woman! you are a dick!

  25. 25


  26. 26

    who cares, let him decide what's right for his career! some actors CHOOSE not to do nudity, and though they are actors it is still their body and THEIR CHOICE. and just because a guy doesn't want to kiss another guy does NOT make them a homophobe! you expect people to accept you for what you are, but you are clearly the one who is prejudice!!!

  27. 27

    this is retarded. yeah he's an actor but hes a human being first if he doesnt want to kiss another man thats for him to decide. perez your as lame as FDR's legs

  28. 28

    I had no idea they were making his character gay, that is random. He has the right to reject that storyline if he wants I would think.

  29. 29

    What an idiot. It's just a role…..oh well, I'm sure the producers can quickly replace him with someone else. He isn't doing himself any favors. He'll be seen as a trouble maker.

  30. 30

    how long for submit approvals on here?

  31. 31

    Perez does have a point, although I do agree with other comments that it does not make Chris a homophobe. The guy's an ACTOR, and I'm pretty sure he gets paid quite well, so what if he has to play a gay guy? It's called acting, maybe he should try it….
    …the acting, that is.

  32. JeNaY says – reply to this


    See…this is wrong.Ok gays can be gay…why must you push this on society?? Love is love but leave us "homophobs" alone.

  33. 33

    i would quit, too. he shouldn't have to kiss a man, and no one should make him to that. i'm all for gay rights and shiz, but i wouldn't want to kiss another girl. people should respect that.

  34. 34

    Seriously Perez this is going too far. If someone was making a gay man kiss a woman it would be an outrage but this guy is not allowed to say who he kisses now just like Miss California is not allowed to talk. You need to get a grip.

  35. 35

    You can cast a guy to play a gay role. But changing the role to a gay role is not cool. He should be cut loose if he doesn't want to do it. I would not do it.

  36. 36

    No,he does not have to do it!!! Just because you are gay,does not mean you have to be heterophobe against us. Gay is a lifestyle not a something you push on everyone else.Like religion ,it is up to the person in what they believe.They should not be judged,ridiculed or bullied for it!!!

  37. 37

    It's his life.

  38. 38

    Actually not all Black people use the race card or have a problem with homosexuality. But I do think he has a right to chose if he wants to kiss a guy or not. If he does not feel comfortable then he does not feel comfortable. Also HBCU's are not black only. White people and other races attend HBCU's. HBCU's were created when Historically White Colleges would not allow blacks to attend their institution. Why do they still exist? Well, they still exist just like the white colleges still exist, for educational purposes.

  39. 39

    You have crossed the line and are now in favor of forcing your beliefs on other people. If someone doesn't want to be cast in a gay role that is their decision. Just as it would be appropriate for a gay person to refuse to play a role that felt uncomfortable. You are a straight basher and it is ruining your site.

  40. 40

    The probably should have fired him because he can't act.

  41. 41

    Lets not make this a gay issue.

    Dont be saying the gays are claiming discrimination because Perez Hilton DOES NOT speak for the gay people. Nor does he stand up for them. Miss California was more of a publicity stunt for him. Where was he when Prop 8 was going down? Nowhere.

    I am gay AND a Young and the Restless fan.
    And I am saying Young and the Restless have no right to seek legal action.
    Something like sexual orientation should not be sprung on an actor of a Soap.
    Actors generally have the option to take a gay role if they feel comfrtable with it. Chris Engren did not take on a gay role and if he does not feel comfortable kissing and making out with another man, then it should be understood by Young and the Restless and they should let him out of his contract if they feel it is imperative to the role of Adam.

    And Perez Hilton has no right to cry homophobia.
    I do not see Chris saying he is sick and disgusted with the notion anywhere, just him calling in sick.

    Perez needs to quit acting like a flaming hypocritical queer is what most gay people I know think.

  42. 42


  43. 43

    He's a loser. I hope he never gets a job in acting again.

  44. 44

    Don't blame him……..I'd do the same thing! Maybe he's an actor but perhaps he doesn't want to play a gay one.

  45. 45

    soo.. not only SHOULD all americans believe like you, but now they must act like you, too? disgusting, perez. you are just one more reason i despise the "gay" agenda. lemme guess? your next move is to go on larry king live and blast this guy for not wanting to kiss another man. i almost didn't come back to your website after the whole carrie prejean shit, but now i'm sorry i ever told all of my friends about your website.

  46. 46

    Good for him! If he isn't gay and dosen't want to kiss a dude than he shouldn't have to! Besides soaps change actors all the time and keep the same character… don't force the guy to kiss someone he dosent want to.

  47. 47

    well look at what was done to ms. california by perez. And she just voiced her opinion. This guy refused to do a GAY kiss. OMG he must be the scum of the earth. Everyone should just turn gay to show their solidarity with the gay and lesbian groups. (sense the sarcasm)

  48. 48


  49. 49

    who cares! the guy doesnt want to kiss another guy. So fucking what, doesnt mean he's a homophobe.

  50. 50


    Hahahaha now that was funny.

    Seriously, the guy is an "actor" is he not? Don't actors/actresses do what the script calls for. Guess he's not much of an actor. I'm not a lesbian, but if I got paid big bucks to act like I was, I wouldn't have a problem. Course, I'm not a homophobe either and would just see it as part of my acting gig.

    On a side note, I find it interesting how many gaybashers cruise this site. Hmmm, maybe there are more "in the closets" around here than I originally thought. I can't imagine why else they would come here and feel the need to spew their hate.

  51. 51

    So? I wouldn't be kissing a woman, no matter who told me I had to. I'd be all kinds of NO THANKS. I love you much Perezzy, and I'm glad you're comfortable in your skin, but you need to stop shoving gay down everybody's throat. Gay is just fine, but you don't have to be a fuckin Nazi about it.

  52. 52

    Come on! I'm all down with the gays but this is ridiculous! Just because he doesn't want to make out with another dude that means he is a homophobe? That is ridiculous and you're really not helping your cause. I completely understand him and support him. Good for him for standing up for himself.

  53. 53

    and just for shits and giggles:

  54. 54

    STFU Perez. He's straight. He doesn't feel comfortable locking lips with another guy. You, however would probably hump a sheep.

    Quit complaining about straight people being straight. You are the WORST type of bigot there is.

  55. 55

    what's wrong with him he is getting paid to do it.

  56. 56

    Well, if this is truly why he is leaving, I'm glad he is going. No matter what he thinks about gay people, he is an actor and he has to go with the storyline. On the other hand, the writers have been destroying his character for the last few months and I think that might be really why he's leaving. The suddenly gay storyline might have been the last straw for him.

  57. 57

    Wow. Typical Hollywood whore, in it for the fame and not for the enjoyment of acting. I love acting, I practically live for it, and I would do a lot for a role. That includes kissing someone of the same sex, or doing something dangerous. It doesn't matter what he'd do in real-life, it's his job to act, so why doesn't he do it? He doesn't deserve to get paid, there are plenty of people out there who love acting and are very good at it, but they don't get paid.

  58. 58

    He's my favorite gay movie star!

  59. 3U36 says – reply to this


    Stepping out of line again…

    If you want people to respect your point of view,
    it would only be fair to respect theirs as well.

  60. 60

    Where the hell does it say that an actor has to do something that compromises his morals?

    This guy has a very strong case and could very easily sue Y and R !

    This isnt like a woman being asked to kiss a man or vice versa….

    Mario you are a sick freak!

  61. 61

    If my job consisted of possibly french kissing my own gender, I think I'd have to call in sick too.
    I just can't do it.

    But more power to everyone who does it, rock on. Just don't ask me to do it…
    even if you are my boss.

  62. 62

    He doesn't have the right to dictate his storylines and he walked out while he was still under contract the guy is getting sued plain and simple "BREACH OF CONTRACT' and don't believe they wont do it NBC sued the pants off of Missy Reeves back in the early 90's for doing the same thing. (except she was cheating with her co star and her husband found out)

  63. 63

    It's the swine flu :-0

  64. 64

    Okay this Gay thing has gone overboard at this point. With that being said I know some people might think I have something against Gay people but I don't. The Young and the Restless is just trying desperately to follow other Soaps by using the gay card. But I feel if an actor is seriously not comfortable doing it then why force them to if they're going to do a shitty job doing it? Then again since its a "Gay" thing Mario feels the need to talk shit once again. Poor Chris Engen, his character was not given good substance just like the previous commenter suggested. He was a good actor because I really hated the guy and that meant he was doing is job well as a villain. I've watched the Young and the Restless for years but they have the tendency of fucking up their actors for some reason. Once the viewer gets comfortable with them they quit or get fired. Either way I wish Chris the best of luck and hope he doesn't leave the Y&R.

  65. 65

    whenever i see someone on tv/movies making out with someone of the same gender, i always think about what they are thinking/how they didnt just quit . . .

    im sorry but respecting yourself AND YOUR SEXUAL PREFERENCE (goes for both sides) is a shitload more important than money . . .

  66. 66

    Re: Mozart – LOL morals. He probably just isn't into dudes and religion probably has nothing to do with that.

    Perez what the fuck is wrong with you? I feel that you only hinder the Gay Rights movement with your bullshit and attitude.

  67. 67

    Put him on your "list", Perez. Another enemy for you to attempt to destroy!!!!

  68. 68

    wait you must be joking? how can you call someone a homophone for not wanting to kiss someone of the same sex? that's completely ridiculous and more than a bit of a stretch

  69. 69

    Re: ballsdeep88 – yeah and minus all the obsession over crap we don't care about-like ooh zac effron is hot. OMG vote for adam. OMG SOMEONE WON'T COMPROMISE THEIR SEXUAL IDENTITY THEY MUST BE GAY. wtf?

  70. 70

    Good for you Chris.

  71. 71

    Re: thecoolestbitch

    I was thinking the same! :) Even better she could rope her mum in (the wonderful Cybill Shepherd) to put him in his place!

  72. 72

    He got to be in the closet. Usually the ones that talk bad about gay people are the one who can't handle it because the own unsecurity. Love straight man like Sean Penn who was the best actor of the year and he is who he is regarless his acting roles!!!!!

  73. 73

    I guess now he gets put on your "Gaylist" so you can destroy his career.

  74. 74

    Would you be opposed if a Muslim actor, in real life, refuses to speak negatively about Allah? How about a pro-life actor, in real life, refusing to support abortion? Let's make this a little easier. Would you hold it against an actor to refuse to do a nude scene? Would you call them a prude if they refused a nude scene like you call an actor that refuses to have a same sex kiss a homophobe?

  75. 75

    Just because he chooses not to kiss another man, does not make him a homophobe! I love the gays, have many gay friends but I would NEVER kiss another woman. Not my thing. SO THERE!

  76. 76

    Perez…if you followed Y&R you would know that Chris Engen's character "Adam" has turned into a very evil character. Do you want an evil character portrayed also as a gay man? This is a very old stereotype and I will be disappointed in the show if they made this change. Y&R writers should be ashamed of themselves for doing this…maybe Chris Engen is more progressive than you think!

  77. 77

    Does a actor have a choice to do a nude scene?

    Does a actor have a choice to do a same sex scene?

    Gimmie a break! He does not have to do anything that makes him feel uncomfortable. It's his choice. You need to respect it!

  78. 78

    This is sad, he was a good Adam. He has already been replaced according to daytimeconfidential DOT com

  79. 79

    HOWEVER, As an actress myself, it wouldn't be right for the actor to partake in something he was uncomfortable with. It's a personal comfort issue. I'm sure he has nothing against gay people, but if he is uncomfortable with what the directors and writers are asking, then he should not be forced to do it.

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  81. 81

    So …… as an actor would he play a murder? a rapist? a pedophile? a wife beater? Certainly any of these roles/characters is worse than playing gay. Is it that he doesn't want to kiss a guy? Dude, it is ACTING; if you have a scene where you kiss an actress, it does not mean you are actually in love with her. You may not even like her as a person. That said, if he wants to quit over this, it is his choice. However, he also must suffer the consequences of not fulfilling his contractual obligation (unless of course his contract stipulates that he will not play gay). He seems to be making a big deal out of nothing.

  82. 82

    He's not a homophobe you fucking moron

  83. 83

    I wouldn't want to kiss another guy either… no matter what the circumstances.
    That doesn't make me a homophobe.

  84. 84

    So I thought they were going to make Phillip III gay, and that is why he faked his death. They wanted to make Adam gay? And blind? His storylines were getting ridiculous. I am all for having a gay storyline, but make it believable please! Since whats-her-face Bell took over the show again the writing isn't anywhere near as interesting, and the show is way to old school over-the-top soap. The previous writers made the show more contemporary and up to date!

  85. 85

    You have to be kidding me. I have nothing against gay people, but I would not want to kiss another woman. If he doesn't want to kiss another man, he shouldn't have to.

  86. 86

    Re: sushi – In fact, there are way more chances that his partner's lips have been slurping in someone else's dick and balls if he kisses a woman, id advice u think before u write.

  87. 87

    I'm glad he walked, he shouldn't have to do anything he's not comfortable with! GET OVER YOURSELF PEREZ!!!

  88. 88

    Re: RcktBoy – um its completely different when you have to carry out the act!! im not comparing gay sex to murder, but if you had to actually commit the act, i.e. murder someone, it would aslo be unacceptable . ..
    its like the difference between saying you had sex with someone on camera and FUCKING ON CAMERA!!
    one of them makes you a movie star, the other a FUCKING PORN STAR!!!!!!

  89. 89

    If he doesnt want to play gay thats his choice!!!
    If he doesnt want to play a Persident or a rober thats his choice!!
    Im all for gay equality but hell if he doesnt want to do it he doesnt have to someone else will jump at the chance to take his place!
    Feedom of choice!

  90. 90

    So compromise your principles because you are an actor? Maybe if you are a complete whore, you do something like that but I find it refreshing that someone takes a stand against something he doesn't believe in. Even if it costs him a job.

    Good for him but I hope he is ready for all of the childish name calling and finger pointing that will be coming from Mario

  91. 91

    God, you make me want to be a Homophobe….you have crossed a line by casting all of your personal beliefs onto your website

  92. 92

    If he were really an ACTOR (instead of a lame excuse for one) then he would ACT — it's the same as kissing an actress they're not interested in for the role. ACTING requires you to…*gasp* ACT.

  93. fiona says – reply to this


    Actors make decisions about their work most of the time. He is a manly man and if he can't pretend to like kissing a man, then I respect him for being honest and not giving a shitty performance. Remember, most of us are heteros and have no inclination to experiment. And that is normal.

  94. 94

    seems like if it was something to be expected of an actor it would be discussed up front. who would just spring this on someone and not expect problems?????

  95. 95

    Re: BearSirSpanksAlot – Still. He's a soap actor, surely he understood that there was a possibility he'd have to kiss another dude. And really, it's just kissing, why does he care?

  96. sushi says – reply to this


    Re: condessa – And that would be much less revolting.

  97. 97

    Re: Spleja
    Morals aren't neccessarily based on religious views. Have you never heard of a moral compass? I know many non-religious people who have very high moral standards. One should never lower one's moral standards for money.

  98. 98

    how can he be a homophobe if he is gay in real life ?

    he wants to be a musician and doesnt want to be outed/suspected!


  99. 99

    let me guess Mario…, your going to be on Larry King Live tonight
    doing a remote from Kitson about how this actor needs to be black
    listed because he exercised his individual right to quit a job he no
    longer cared for….right? and some how - - some how, you will tie
    in the Miss California airhead to this guy…right…???

    Mario, you are the definition of a pathetic fag

    you need to take your ugly, fat, piggy faced ass BACK to "Cuva"

  100. minka says – reply to this


    I'm not a homophobe, but I do not want to have or portray a same sex make out session. Some people are comfortable with it, some aren't. Don't pull the homophobe card on this one, Mario.

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