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'X Factor' contestant Don Philip claims producers forced him to admit he's gay



Britney Spears' presence on The X Factor has caused a controversy, but not by something the singer did. Rather, one of her past duet partners showed up as a contestant and was booted, only to accuse the show's producers of forcing him to admit he's gay. How could X Factor's rating possibly drop after this?

Don Philip, who sang with Spears on I Will Still Love You way back on her Baby One More Time album in 1999, was shown the door by the panel and broke down in tears after his audition in Oakland, Calif., in June. It wasn't just because even Brit said he was not "up to the bar" of the other singers, but rather because the show pushed him to say he was homosexual, Philip told Access Hollywood.

"It was kind of a private thing they forced out of me," Philip said. "I would say bullied out of me."

The 32-year-old vocal coach said the judges panel pushed him to reveal a secret after Philip had confided in producers about his sexuality. "When I got on stage, (the judges) chimed in saying, 'What is your secret?' " Philip told the New York Post. "I knew immediately what they were talking about. I only had one secret."

Philip told the Post the pressure made him freeze and led to his unanimous dismissal, and involved an emotional confrontation in which he told Spears, "I didn't think you thought it was okay that I am gay." Spears responded with, "I think it is fine that you are gay," and Philip ended up bursting into tears.

Most of this scene apparently ended up being edited out, and now Philip is angry, claiming the emotional impact killed his voice, and audiences didn't even see why. Watch the scene as it aired above; if his story is at all accurate, the episode must have been edited with a chainsaw.

"It makes it kind of worse," he told the Post. "My mother has still not spoken to me. It is like I went through all this (coming out) for nothing. Everyone knows I am gay now."

A spokesman for the Fox show released a statement to media explaining the editing was because hey, it wasn't that big of a deal, even if it did make the guy cry onstage.

“The judges were not given any information at all about Mr. Philip prior to his audition," Fox said in the statement. "The personal information that Mr. Philip quickly volunteered at the start of his audition was a surprise to the judges, who asked what had happened during the past 10 years, as they were interested in Mr. Philip's career. While we understand his decision to discuss his personal life, Mr. Philip's sexual orientation was not something that any of the judges or producers felt was relevant to this audition."

See? He should have just told producers that incredibly emotional admission wasn't relevant to his life. maybe then all the judges wouldn't have been told to ask him about his big secret. Note to self: Never tell reality show producers anything, ever.

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[Last modified: Friday, September 14, 2012 2:24pm]


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