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Barbara Walters Biggest Regret? Outing Ricky Martin!

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It had to be done, Babs! No one better than you to do it!

After last night's final Oscar program, Barbara Walters has become rather reflective of her lengthy career. She was recently asked if there was anything she regretted over her last 1000 years in broadcasting and she admitted that her interview with Ricky Martin back in 2000 was a huge regret.

Why? Because like any good reporter, Barbara wanted the facts on his sexuality, but now, she feels her "inappropriate" questions may have caused the end to his then booming career. She explains:

"In 2000, I pushed Ricky Martin very hard to admit if he was gay or not, and the way he refused to do it made everyone decide that he was. A lot of people say that destroyed his career, and when I think back on it now I feel it was an inappropriate question."

We don't happen to agree with you there. The world wanted to know, you asked. There wasn't so much farther he was going to go with his cheesy music anyway. Think about it- is anyone from the pop days of the early 2000's still as big as they were then?

Don't give yourself that much credit. In fact, we imagine he would have had a more lucrative career if he had just admitted the truth during the interview! Can't blame yourself for his closet-dwelling.

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109 comments to “Barbara Walters Biggest Regret? Outing Ricky Martin!”

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  1. 1

    Wow, you couldn't be ANY MORE WRONG - Pervy. It's NO ONE'S BUSINESS what you do off the stage. Discussing it is inappropriate unless the artist wishes to do so. Even your "Poppa" felt that way in his earlier years. Just because you think unveiling the mystery makes you more powerful — doesn't make it TRUE. No one should care what sexual preference an artist has. Their talent should not be diminished nor validated based on that one aspect of their life!!!

  2. 2

    Just like an old Yenta. She doesn't know when to shut it.

  3. 3

    If Ricky Martin didn't want to answer the question, it was inappropriate for Barbara Walters to push the matter. It is no one's business. Perez, you are out-of-line when it comes to outing people. Just because you are out doesn't mean others have to make the same decision. It's private, and not up to you to do so. You can be gay and be a successful blogger, it's very difficult to be gay and be a leading man in Hollywood or a sex symbol singer. And cut the Neil Patrick Harris BS as your answer to that question - he's not a leading man.

  4. 4

    Don't worry Barbara. Ricky has been gay since his "Menudo" days and today he is just a fabulous, kind, beautiful human being.

  5. zooby says – reply to this


    he still has not admitted it though.

  6. 6

    YOU KNOW I LOVE THIS SITE PEREZ BUT SERIOUSLY…SOMETIMES YOU NEED TO SHUT THE FUCK UP! GAWD! I'm sure you like everyone else danced to his cheesy music, so save it. I think BABS shouldn't have pushed so hard too. [not that i watched i was like 10 lol] but she does kinda ask innapropriate questions like bring up Sany Bs dead mother in the interview..Kinda brought a low to the oscar high.

  7. 7

    she sould feel bad ricky martin is one hot ass man

  8. 8

    well, so she should publicly apologize for that, not just talk about it. it's clear the interview ruined Ricky Gorgeous Martin career while her's still intact…

  9. YUCK says – reply to this


    it was very inappropriate, what someone does with their ass dick mouth or vag is nobodys business. you are disgusting babs and perez. btw perez is so fucking nasty he even posted that guys photos while engaging in some anal. you are filth and someone will do much worse to you.

  10. 10

    Surprised the old USELESS battle axe could think back that far.

  11. zooby says – reply to this


    btw, where did your madonna jane fonda + vodka post go? posting wrong info, perez? how typical

  12. 12

    Damn Babs for ending Ricky's career!

  13. 13

    Another story on this old hag

  14. 14

    Barbara Walters has been inappropriate throughout her career. Her appalling questioning of Diahanne Carroll over her interracial relationships was WAY tacky, bullying, abusive, prurient and would never have been tolerated if asked of a Jew who'd been involved with a Gentile.

    She is just a thoughtless, tacky, insubstantial journalist.

  15. zooby says – reply to this


    perez - where did your madonna, jane fonda, and vodka story go? posting false stories again?

  16. 16

    Who gives a shit if he is gay or not. It is no ones business but his own.

  17. Laury says – reply to this


    For once, I agree with you. Ricky Martin's career didn't go down the shitter because of his sexual orientation but because he was part of a fad, the whole latin craze of the late 90s/early 2000's. He wasn't able to reinvent himself, just like JLo keeps making the same crap over and over. The question might have been inappropriate, no one should feel like they have to "out" someone, but Barbra shouldn't give herself too much credit for Ricky's nonexistent career, it was bound to happen anyway.

  18. 18


  19. 19

    Ricky Martin will always be a beautiful soul! Love him.

  20. 20

    in order for your so called rally cry for equal rights for all, you have to come to to the realization the gay or straight just does not matter. I do not believe there can be equal rights for all until idiots like you stop worrying about whether or not some dude likes dick. It nobodies fucking business but his/hers and whomever he/she decides to share it with. This fucking warped sense of entitlement you have about evryone's sexuality leads to the problem.

  21. 21

    He sure did have a nice ass. Ahh, those were the days.

  22. 22

    UGHH SINCE WHEN NOT HAVING A CAREER IN THE US MEANS NO CAREER??? He is HUGE star in Latin america and Europe and that brings in more money in than the us could ever bring anyone! He has huge work with charity and two gorgeous boys! who cares if he is or not!!! His music in english was a little cheesy cause that's the american market wanted at the time in spanish his songs are deep and lovely!

  23. 23

    A person's sexual orientation is no one's business but their own. If a person is gay or bisexual and chooses not to tell anyone, it shouldn't be a problem. Some people feel more secure staying in the closet as they are scared of what will happen if they do come out, and some have good reason to be scared. No, it isn't right, but it is reality. It isn't anyone's job to out anyone. If a person wanted people to know they were gay, they would come out themselves.

  24. tasha says – reply to this


    It's no one's business what a persons sexuality is. Your an asshole Perez but you probably know that. And yes, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears all still have pretty big careers like they did in the early 2000's.

  25. 25

    There are many wonderful gay role models out there who are more than happy to share their sexuality with the world: Melissa Etheridge, Ellen, Wanda Sykes, TR Knight, NPH and now Sean Hayes, among many others. Reflect on them. Also, not answering a question like that doesn't kill anyone's career. Ricky still has a great career in Latino America. He gets air play on popular radio stations in Puerto Rico, Mexico, South America, etc. In fact, I was in PR just this summer and I heard a Ricky Martin song just about once every hour. So, no, it didn't kill his career. Bottom line is, we should stop focusing on the are-they-or-aren't-they gay question. If they are talented, then enjoy the movie, TV show, music or whatever that they create. That's what's important. After all, do we make hetero celebrities make public announcements? "YES! I am a heterosexual!" No. Nathan Lane has never made a public declaration as to being gay or not (although he doesn't hide it), and he's had an amazing career.

  26. 26

    Come on, Perez, it's the 21st century. Why do we expect people to out their every detail just for our knowledge? Is it that important? Isn't it, after all, Ricky's decision? Think less of him if you will, but there are more closeted homosexuals than there are openly gay ones, and a good chunk of them stay that way by personal choice. After all, I don't go around telling everyone who I'm sleeping with - girl or boy, why should I expect someone else to have to just because I believe he/she may or may not be gay? Celebrities are no different. They're people, too. And I think sometimes we forget that. Besides, Ricky does so much good for children and other causes that we should simply be proud that he's a celebrity who uses his privilege for good, instead of being a schmuck.

  27. 27

    Well Britney Spears isn't too shabby and JT where as yeah no music from him recently he still at least is relevant in some capacity and hey who can forget JLO….I know not as significant, but still at least shes out there.

  28. 28

    It's nobody's business if he's gay or not. You are horrible Perez for thinking it's OK to out people who don't want to be. It's like someone pushing you to talk about your father, who you never discuss.

  29. 29

    poor Ricky Martin.

  30. 30

    btw, BRITNEY SPEARS is a legend. you KNOW that!

  31. 31

    And yet the old lisping hag wouldn't answer any questions about HER sex life on HOWARD STERN last week ! the old bore needs to retire & take that AWFUL headache inducing VEIW show with her !

  32. 32

    PS . I HEAR She loves to suck & ride BLACK COCK !!!

  33. 33

    Her point is not that she asked, it is that she relentlessly pushed the issue. It's none of her, or your, or the public's business if someone is gay or straight. People like you need to let other people live their lives as THEY want to live them, not as YOU want them to live them.

  34. 34

    Get over yourself Barbara. YOU helped end Ricky's career.
    God I hate this woman with a passion.

  35. 35

    Perez, you are so ignorant! Ricky is still one of the most popular artists in the world! He is huge in latin america, europe and asia. Just because he's not in the mainstream in the US doesnt mean his career is done. He is now and will always be more popular and more talented than your precious Gaga who will eventually be forgotten. While Ricky keeps rising and is also known for being a great humanitarian. What has Gaga or Sliimy (or whatever his name is) done for humanity lately?

  36. 36

    Being gay didnt hurt MJ's or Elton John's career, who cares if Ricky is gay? Well, actually, MJ was a gay pedophile…that prob hurt him.

  37. 37

    She outed him? I though everyone knew…..

  38. 38

    Barbara thinks she's more important than she actually is.

  39. 39

    Oh i bet Ricky Martin would have been more succesful, right Perez? Just as Boy George or George Michael… right? And that Lance Bass is just kicking it at the top of the charts! Perez, you are delusional if you think the music industry is like that. And your boy Adam Lambert is kissing women like Kesha and has strippers on his live shows. So much for out and proud right?

  40. 40


  41. 41

    Ricky MArtin is GAY?!?!?!?!? GTFO!!!!!

  42. 42

    The end of his then booming career?? Are you smoking crack?? His career cant be high enough, he has sold millions and milloins of albums wrold wide. He is still very succesfull in the difficult latin american markt where his songs are top 10. Get your facts Mario you semm to not now that much about latin amercian musci yet.

  43. 43


  44. 44

    I don't know why she doesn't just retire and let the young ones have a chance!

  45. 45

    Do you have any idea how OLD this story is? If you're not even going to bother, just stop doing the damn site. It's embarrassing.

  46. 46

    Ricky Martin was a public personality, so all questions are appropriate - that's the way it is. Seek out the spotlight that's what you receive.
    Barbara Walters doesn't need to add to gay stigma by asking about it - why not ask ALL the people she interviews what their sexual orientation is.

  47. 47

    What a stupid comment Perez: "The world wanted to know". Well dumb ass, it wasn't (and still isn't) any of the "world's" business. Would Barbara have been happy being "outed" as an adulteress for bagging a married senator oh so many years ago. I'm sure the "world" would have wanted to know. And her career would have been over since back in the day that shit was not acceptable.

  48. ass says – reply to this


    You're just saying this crap so that you feel better about outing people yourself, when in reality it's showing you just how much of a fucktard you are by continuing to do so. Why do you think she's apologizing? Because it's WRONG! No Perez, you're right and Barbara Walters is wrong, aaaahahahahahaha.

  49. 49

    I agree with her. No one should have to have their personal life front and center if they are a famous or not. It's notobody's business. Perez just want's everyone in the world to be gay. He is an embarassment to the gay community.

  50. 50

    You can't fucking push someone into outing themselves, you know… It's not right.
    And besides, it's nobody's damn business if he prefers men or women.

  51. 51

    A person's sexuality is NO ONE'S business. Why you or anyone else thinks just because people want to know gives you the right to ask makes me sick.

    You seem to think you have to out everyone. I don't get it. Let them be and come out when they want.

    You're pathetic. And she's correct; she should not have asked that question. At least she's got some class.

  52. 52

    She did wreck his career! I will never forget that right after her interview Ricky's career was over!

  53. 53

    And that would be why Barbara is CLASS and you are TRASH. She understands that just because the people want to know, doesn't mean they should. You're such an ass and that's why you can only dream of lasting more than a couple more years.

  54. 54

    I'm glad Walters finally admits she was wrong to have cornered Martin on that. Even if the "world wanted to know," as PH puts it, the world doesnt have a right to every personal thing about a celeb - unless maybe that person is being a hypocrite about the issue. Martin never was. He was and is a private man, which is his right. As for his "celebrity status" it should be conferred solely on his talent. Period. His sexuality shouldnt play into it. If it had to, PH and Hollywood would be out of business. Had Walters not opened her yap, he might have disclosed his sexuality one way or the other by now. Now? Why should he?

  55. 55

    Uhm, it's no ones business what his sexuality is. Not yours, not Barbara's, not anyone. She SHOULD regret the interview. If he didn't want to talk about it that's his right.

  56. 56

    I've loved Ricky since his days with Menudo and before he became popular in America. I am proud of who he is and how he carrys himself as an entertainer. All of these years and the worst anyone can do is speculate about his sexuality. When I say all of these years I mean 20+ years and no major scandal. Yes, in Puerto Rico there has always been talk about his sexuality and even a scandal regarding the creator of Menudo. There's been storys that he had his way with some of the boys, with the ones not putting out getting the boot earlier than usual. Maybe this is why ricky works towards fighting the sex traffic and exploitation of children. Who cares if he is gay. he does so well in life, and does for so many, it should not matter. Leave this peaceful soul to be at peace..

  57. Moron says – reply to this


    I think those reporters are way out of line when they ask people about their sexual orientation.It's nobody's freaking business and it has nothing to do with their talent,no matter their line of work.It was wrong then and it is wrong now.

  58. Moron says – reply to this


    Re: Danielle Giselle – That was hilarious, sorry.How old are you? BS is a legend only to 18 year olds.

  59. 59


    Ricky is gay??

    Where have I been? lol

  60. Moron says – reply to this


    Re: RcktBoy – She sure as hell would have deserved that.

  61. 61

    Fuck you Mario and Barbie or whoever rights this shit. You have no right to out anyone you pathetic asswipes. Just because you are a flamboyant gay and rainbows fly out of your ass it doesn't mean everyone wants their business out in the open. You are a sorry excuse for a human being. No one agrees with you Mario - who doesn't write his articles anymore. I dare you to post this!

  62. 62

    prmama says –
    UGHH SINCE WHEN NOT HAVING A CAREER IN THE US MEANS NO CAREER??? He is HUGE star in Latin america and Europe and that brings in more money in than the us could ever bring anyone!

    ^ Hello clueless. Uhh, yeah, that's why all the stars go rushing to Brazil to become famous. Or to Mexico. Or El Savador. Get a clue. Stupidest comment I've read all night.

  63. 63

    To everyone saying how HUGE Ricky is in this so-called "difficult" Latin market… newsflash! Ricky declared his permanent home in MIAMI! His OTHER home is in Puerto Rico… last time I checked, part of the U.S. ;)

  64. 64

    i love you bawbwa

  65. 65

    w0 way to messe up someone sexuality by words

  66. 66

    Look up Ricky Martin's music videos, he tried to go HIP-HOP. He is still big in Latin America and he is HOT!!!!

  67. 67

    Shut the fuck up, Babs! You're an old, annoying jewbag!

  68. 68

    WHY did it have to happen? If he chose to stay in the closet his ENTIRE life that is no one's business. Just because you wear your rainbow loud and proud does not mean everyone has to.

  69. 69

    But of course you don't agree, you want every single gay man to be as flaming and loud as you are, but everyone should have the right to decide if making it public or not, it is not you who decides for them, period. People who want to know others sexual preferences, -specially celebrities- are simply intrusive, (just like you ) It's not like they are gonna sleep with the person in question anyway.

  70. 70

    Think about it- is anyone from the pop days of the early 2000's still as big as they were then….

    um Perez brother, U2 and Justin Timberlake are still big.

  71. 71

    Bawbawa didn't kill Ricky's career - William Hung did. "She bang, she bang, ooo ooo, she bang!"

  72. 72

    The world wanting to know doesn't mean it can have an answer!!!!

    Oh Perez!!!

  73. 73

    here we go again. perez is showing his inner self hate again. only a self hating homo would think outing is ok. perez is a disgust to the gay community and to the human race.

  74. 74

    I don't think she should have pushed him so hard, but that's Babara Walters. She asks all the questions we REALLY want to know but are too afraid to ask.
    And that's why people watch her.

  75. 75

    Ricky still has a huge following in Latin America and the rest of the World. Not to mention he is still big in the latin markets of Miami, NY, and L.A.. His career went downhill in the US after he was hired to play a public concert in D.C. celebrating Bush's election as president (first term). As a result of this, his writing partner Robi Draco Rosa (also ex- Menudo and co-writer of pretty much all his hits), refused to work with him as he considered him a sell-out. Ricky has regretted this concert and wrote a song about it years later (Asignatura Pendiente). Point is Robi wrote all the hits!

  76. 76

    She is a home wrecking old whore, fucking a married man.

  77. 77

    Umm I'm pretty sure Martin is still doing well in the Spanish-speaking world. I definitely do think that these questions are inappropriate. And just because "the world wants to know" doesn't make it any of their business. I don't think it's fair that gays get bashed for not wanting to talk about their personal lives while it's perfectly acceptable for a straight actor to want to keep his or her life private (for example, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Beyonce are just a few straight celebs who refuse to talk about their relationships).

  78. 78





  79. 79

    I am incredibly happy that Mr. Martin decided to keep this a private matter. I have a renewed admiration for Mrs. Walters for realizing how inappropriate this question was. A fine man and a conscious reporter, and the world is a better place for this.

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  81. 81

    It's really not our business if someone is gay or straight or whatever.. But for some reason some ppl, like Perez.. neeed to know if someone's gay or straight.. cuz according to him, that's what defines someone! I think Ricky Martin is a very hot man and he seems like a genuine person!

  82. 82

    Listen, you parasitical twat: Stop kissing the ass of Babs; no one likes a sycophant, and just because they buy ad space on your shitty site doesn't mean you should trade off your objectivity. You are the worst sell-out of the century. Walters was WAY out of line.
    Second point: If Martin, or ANYONE for that matter, chooses to be in the closet, that's his/her CHOICE. We all know that your obsession with that is your own sickness, and the fact that you like it up the ass defines who you are. But that's not the case for everyone, and what Martin chooses to reveal about what he does on that level is no one's business but his and his partner's. You, Mario, are a raging asshole.

  83. 83

    Re: Paulie – Paulie, your comment is stupid and senseless. So because he lives in Puerto Rico and Miami he cannot be famous in Latin America?? Newsflash dildo brain. Most latin artist you see on telenovelas or even shows on like Univision, reside in Miami or in California. A lot of artist travel latino america and come back to the states to live. Ricky is a major star in latin america and europe. He continues to reside in the U.S.. And there we have it..

  84. 84

    Re: SPICEBOY – And you are the being that knows all because?? He is a flop?? where do you get your info from?? The little crustration forming in your belly button you obsess over and swear you could see jesus in it? Dude, what is your malfunction? Are you here just to post something stupid and laugh at it??

  85. 85

    you know what — it DOESN'T have to be done — it's no one's business if he doesn't want it to be — he's an entertainer — you pay for a CD, all you're entitled to is the CD — you pay to go to a concert, all you're entitled to is the concert — when you buy a box of Froot Loops, you're not entitled to know who the company's CEO is sleeping with…

  86. 86

    Re: Paulie – actually your comment is the stupidest comment I have read!! Guess what?? There is a whole world out there that is not the United States!!! Try exploring it sometime!

  87. 87

    beyonce is still huge she was early 2000s anyways none of anyones business

  88. 88

    New flash, Pig Face. Few people give a shit about RM's sexuality. Not everyone is obsessed with celebrity peen. Grow the fuck up!

  89. 89

    what do you expect from an old over thye hill news whore.

  90. 90

    I'm pretty sure his career tanked here in the US because his music sucked. Babs gives herself waaaay too much credit.

  91. 91

    Perez you are a loser! It's not anyone's business to know if people are gay or not! If you like to go on and on about being gay that doesn't mean every gay person has to do the same! You are always putting down people you think are "in the closet" and that's wrong, douchebag!

  92. 92

    Re: Paulie – that is the most dumb ass, self obsorbed comment I've read on hear. Theres loads of succesful pop artists in the UK that most of the US hasnt heard of. Girls Aloud? The most successful girl group since the spice girls? Most people havent heard of them, do they have a career yes!

  93. 93

    Although I am a heterosexual who happens to be a gay rights activist, nevertheless Perez, your rants are always re-enacted in poor taste. Face it, you're not Ricky Martin's type….Leave this man alone ALREADY!

  94. 94

    one more time for the fucktards….

  95. 95

    Listen fatso, the world didnt want to know. who cares? oh, you care, for some odd reason because you take it upon yourself to out people.

  96. 96

    What a bitch to take credit for his downfall. BaaBaa only cares about ratings, probably why she's talking about this now… more ratings.

  97. 97

    It's never right to out people.

  98. 98

    Perez, you're a disgrace to all gays!! Why should Ricky Martin be forced to out himself?? You out of all people should know how hard it is to come out! It's hard enough to come out to a friend or a family member, let alone in an interview for the whole world to see!! You're fucking disgusting Perez and stop representing the gays! You're only making people hate gays more and more!! Fucking idiot!!!

  99. 99

    Re: ListenToMeInstead – lmao….AWESOME

  100. 100

    I never knew about an interview, no one ever said it or asumed it. I just thought he was gay. I didn't know anyone else thought this way. lol

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