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Say it isn’t so — native Tar Heel Star Jones is having second thoughts about her marriage to the much-rumored-to-be-queer Al Reynolds. You just couldn’t see this one coming, huh? The story is from The Enquirer, so it’s only a matter of time till it moves up the gossip food chain to US Weekly, then People — unless, of course, the “deeply religious” diva of The View herself comments on the matter.

“I think at the root of it all is the fact she wonders whether Al really loves her. Gay rumors have followed their marriage from the beginning. It’s probably caused her to question what’s really going on. He seems to be hanging with his friends at odd hours.”

The National Enquirer revealed in November how rumors over 47-year-old banker Al’s sexuality had hurt the relationship. The insider said: “Al goes away for days. Star says he’s working out of town. But she knows he’s working less. He’s living like a king.”

Star, 43, appeared on TV on February 8 with a Band-Aid where her wedding ring usually is. At a booksigning session in White Plains, N.Y. later that day, she said: “I got 1,000 messages asking me if something was wrong and I said no. I told them not to worry. It’s a nice thing that people are that loving – I appreciate it.”

Al signed a prenup that says if the marriage lasts for less than two years, he gets zip (they married November 13, 2004).


Anyone who had a TV on during the run-up to their Big Day of JoyTM heard about these two ho-beasting themselves with an over-the-top wedding, much of it “sponsored” by companies that paid for everything, in exchange for Star shilling for them. And then there’s that nauseating web site. After reading this, get the barf bag. It sounds like she was desperately trying to convince herself of something.

In her new book, “Shine,” the “View” hostess portrays the 35-year-old banker as nothing short of a superstud.

“The first time he held me in his arms sexually, it was almost frightening because we knew our erotic interest in each other could take over every other thing,” Star writes breathlessly. “We had an intoxicatingly sexual connection the first two months of our relationship.”

So volcanic was their lust that they consulted their pastor, who advised them to remain celibate until their wedding. “It wasn’t an easy decision,” recalls Star. “Al is a beautiful man. He’s got the legs of a stallion. He’d be a perfect Ralph Lauren model.”

Stallion Al, before the wedding, had to deal with a past that just wouldn’t go away, according to the New York Daily News.

Ever since Wall Street banker Al Reynolds proposed to “The View” host on Feb. 15 during the NBA All-Star Game, there have been whispers that her betrothed used to play on the other team. At least part of the time.

One friend recalls Reynolds sharing a house in the Fire Island community of Water Island. Another remembers him showing up at a mostly male Halloween party dressed as Bam-Bam from “The Flintstones.” “He wore a little Speedo swimsuit, and carried a bone,” says the source.

And Al’s bachelor party didn’t do much more to stop the tongues from wagging at the time. (SoVo):

We already knew that Mr. STAR JONES, nee AL REYNOLDS, had plenty of friends of Dorothy from the super gay Halloween party he attended last month (dressed as a male stripper, no less). But his bachelor party, apparently, was equally enthralling.

The Friday before his Nov. 13 nuptials to Jones, Reynolds hosted the festivities at New York’s Time Hotel. The theme was “Roman Baths” and we all know Romans and bathhouses are notorious for their staunch … heterosexuality.

Anyway, a “spy” at the party told New York Post gossip column Page Six, “You had to sign a confidentiality agreement to get in and then you were sent to the penthouse, where they made you get naked.”

It gets better.

At the party, there were about 60 men sitting around in bathrobes when 10 topless female dancers came out.

“They were butt-ugly except for two of them who simulated lesbian sex on the bed. Ten people left immediately,” the spy says, not noting whether they left because the dancers were ugly or because they were expecting male dancers.

Now it looks like Reynolds will be forced to stay out of the bathhouse for the next two years.

The sanctity of marriage strikes again.

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