Alex Blaze

Merv Griffin died at 82

Filed By Alex Blaze | August 13, 2007 4:41 PM | comments

Filed in: Gay Icons and History, Media
Tags: Merv Griffin, New York Times

I'm a bit late to this party, but...

Merv Griffin, who created a whole bunch of shows, including Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, and was the host of one of the longest-running talk shows in television, died yesterday at 82 due to prostate cancer.

And the NY Times didn't try to straight-wash his obituary. I've always thought it was disrespectful when new organizations did that.


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I read this article this morning. Sad. I had foreghotten about the lil gay sex scandal thing....

I remember watching his talk show when I was a child. I loved seeing the sophisticated guests he had - especially Zsa Zsa Gabor! And it's true - you never knew what they were going to say! I first saw James Taylor singing "Sweet Baby James" on the Merv Griffin Show! James knocked my socks off!!!!

I remember seeing Merv Griffin interview James Baldwin on his show back in the late 60's, after I came home from high school. It was the only time I ever saw James Baldwin "Live" ...

If only there were more gay men in the media and as successful and influential as Merv Griffin ... he was in the same league with David Geffen.