Jay Leno Under Fire For "Gay" Remarks

Jay Leno went a little too far Thursday night, while interviewing Stop-Loss star Ryan Phillippe.

Touching on the fact that Ryan had played a gay teen on the soap One Life to Live, Jay proceeded to ask the actor, "Can you give me, like – say that camera is your gay lover... Can you give me your 'gayest look?'

"Say that camera is Billy Bob – Billy Bob has just ridden in shirtless from Wyoming," Jay went on, as Ryan looked like he wanted to run (watch it here).

"Wow," Ryan finally said. "That is so something I don't want to do."

Playwright Jeff Whitty, who is openly gay, was in the audience for the debacle, and the Avenue Q creator later blogged about It. "Would you ask a guest to make their 'blackest face?' Their 'Jewiest face?' Why not?"

Good point -- this is why we watch Letterman.

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