During the 2014 summer TCA press tour panel for “Chrisley Knows Best,” star Todd Chrisley was asked about reporters asking him about his sexual orientation and the homosexuality rumors that have followed him since his show began on USA.
“I never feel like I have to address it,” says Chrisley. “But the reporter asked the question. I don’t feel there’s a need for me not to address it. You asked the question, it’s rude of me not to answer it. … I don’t believe that being gay is something that you should be ashamed of, I don’t believe it’s something you should hide. And if I wanted to date someone, I’d call you and I’d ask you to go to dinner with me. But I’m very content with my life and where I am. Today I am not gay.”
Chrisley also tells the audience that his family recently participated in the NOH8 project, which didn’t sit very well with some of his fans. Chrisley tells the audience that he told one fan in particular, “I love all my brothers and sisters, you included.”
Other bon mots from the panel include:
- “I don’t think that you guys want any more Super Todd. … I’m good with being who I am, I don’t need to amp it up. I make sure the kids are doing what they need to be doing, that they’re good, considerate people. Just maintain status quo.” — Todd Chrisley
- “Things happen all the time in this family that I could never predict or come up with.” — executive producer Stephanie Bloch Chambers
- “I teach my children each day that the world doesn’t give you your self-worth. We hopefully have helped you gain your self-worth by knowing who you are.” — Todd
- “That’s why they can’t get along, ’cause they’re just alike.” — Julie Chrisley, on her husband and son Chase.
- “In some ways we’re alike. I’m not as ‘ughhhh’ as he is.” — Chase Chrisley
“Chrisley Knows Best” returns in the fall to USA Network.