Morning Brew – Tuesday, October 19: Clementine Ford leaves “Young & the Restless,” Carol Leifer readies TV series about her life

Hi pals. I hope you’re doing well. reader Shortypants let us know that the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest has this sad news: Clementine Ford has been let go from The Young and the Restless.

Apparently they felt she and her also axed love interest, played by Thad Luckinbill, had no storyline. It seems like that’s a little more of an issue for the writers than Clementine, if you ask me. The couple’s last appearance will be on Nov. 5. talked with Ilene Chaiken about what she’s looking for on the second season of The Real L Word. Ilene said:

The two stories we would particularly like to tell are a story about a couple starting a family. We’d like to, if we can, find a couple beginning the reproduction process, it would be two women who are looking to get pregnant. Our ideal scenario is a couple who have either found a friend who they’re using as a donor or we’re open to having a couple who are going to a sperm bank and doing artificial insemination with an anonymous donor. The other story is a coming out story. We’d like to tell the story of someone, a young woman, or maybe someone less young shall we say, who is dealing with coming out. It would be nice if that woman had just moved to L.A.

Hmm, where have we heard these stories before? Well at least you get paid, as Ilene also confirms to the website. And then she’s asked if the current cast members are “stuck up”:

I wouldn’t say they’re stuck up. I would say it was definitely a life changing experience for each of them in different ways. Most of them say they grew. It seems to be quite a therapeutic experience. It’s an opportunity for a lot of self observation and reflection.

What a nice way to say “yes!” And speaking of The Real L Word, you can now win the Season One DVD or $500 by entering our sweepstakes.

On last night’s Real Housewives of Atlanta, Kim Zolciak performed at a gay event and was then annoyed by being asked about her relationship with Tracy Young. She tells the camera, “So I slept with a woman, big deal, keep it movin’!” This, of course, was after she’d already been paid by Life & Style for an exclusive on her bisexual fling.

Little Brown has released the cover for Malinda Lo‘s new novel, the follow-up to Ash.

So that’s what the Huntress looks like. No wonder Ash was so into her!

Mary Timony talked with The Washington Post about her new band, Wild Flag. She said Carrie Brownstein was the one that took charge of the project, aka the lesbian, as usual, is the HBIC.

Carrie really brought it together. She was the one who started it. She took a long break and then decided she was ready to play music again and I know she and Janet really like playing together. I played with her separately (in the Spells) and she played with Rebecca separately. And Rebecca played with Janet separately. So we all played together so it just kind of made sense to start the band. But Carrie really was the one who spearheaded it.

OK, still can’t wait to hear the nine songs Mary says they have written now. I don’t think I’ve ever been so psyched on a band before hearing them play.

Some dude from a metal band I’ve never heard of said something I found offensive, so I feel the need to have you commiserate. Byron Davis of God Forbid (right? who are they?) was asked during an interview with Metal Underground what pop star he’d want to have sex with. His answer:

Katy Perry, she’s alright. She’s not all that. Lil Kim, she’s a dirty ho; so that would be pretty fun. Lady Gaga, I’m still not sure if she’s a woman or not. For Lindsay Lohan, I’d like to bang her cause she’s a lesbian. It’d be fun; she can bring her friend with her. That would be a good ride.

I am now asking myself, What Would Otep Do? Not as in which pop star she’d want to be intimate with, but how she’d handle this d-bag.

The Talk‘s Marissa Jaret Winokur told Movieline she wants a little more attention, siting the TCA talks in which the press asked Sara Gilbert about publicly addressing her sexuality for the first time.

I wanted someone at that press conference to ask me about being a Jew and my sexuality! I was like, “No one cares about me? Let’s talk about my sex life! Like, oh yay, Sara has sex with a woman. What about me? What about my sex life?” I was nervous on that panel because I was nervous for everyone else — but I wanted to talk about my sex life! I can’t believe we’ve come so far in this f–king world that [the press at the press conference] we’re up in arms about Sara being a lesbian.

The funny thing is, no one was “up in arms” about it — we were all just really excited she’s finally being so open. Now someone go ask Marissa all about her sex life, but don’t mention her vagina.

Lesbian writer Carol Leifer is taking a different approach to selling her new script for Have a Great Day: she’s hosting a table read for prospective networks and studio heads. The show is based on her life with her partner (pictured below), and the cast she has lined up to do the reading (and hopefully to star in the show if/when it’s picked up) includes Rachael Harris, Kym Whitley, Emily Rutherfurd and Valerie Harper. The reading will happen on Nov. 1 at the Acme Comedy Theater in Los Angeles. Good luck, Carol!

Laura Ricketts, one of the owners of the Chicago Cubs, is a lesbian, and she’s the only openly lesbian owner of a major U.S. men’s professional sports team. The Chicago Tribune profiled her recently, discussing her LGBT activism and how she realized she was gay. She said of coming out:

After a certain period, after a certain number of times when you keep falling in love with one of your best friends, you just start to realize what’s going on. I think it was something I always knew in the back of my head but wouldn’t admit.

And though she was worried about her Catholic family’s reaction, she had no need.

My dad said, “You always hold your head up high and be proud of who you are, because I am.”

And now she’s a super successful lawyer and co-owner of the Cubs. Kids, follow her lead.

Check out this Daytrotter session with Tegan and Sara. I love the accompanying illustration, in which they are all purple, obviously in observance of tomorrow’s LGBT Spirit Day.

Suzanne Westenhofer says she’s struggling with how to make the bullying issue comical.

As we all are, I am upset about the recent spate of teen suicides that seem to be linked to bullying. I would love to find a way to put a humorous spin on it and talk about it, but so far that has eluded me. I think the topic is basically too painful for jokes.

In Finland, there’s a huge debate on the rights of gay people. AE reader Camilla let us know about a televised discussion regarding a huge number of people leaving the Evangelical Lutheran Church based on their anti-gay stance, tied to Christian Democrat Päivi Räsänen. You can read more about it at FinlandforThought.

China is finally getting with the gay program! Shanghai is hosting its second ever Pride Festival this week through Nov. 6. (Thanks Kavita!)

And, lastly, today on TV: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (check local listings), The Talk (CBS 2 p.m.), The Biggest Loser (NBC 8 p.m.), The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m. and midnight), Stargate: Universe (Syfy 9 p.m.) and The Good Wife (CBS 10 p.m.). (Thanks Roni!)

OK, that’s enough to chew on for now. Check you later!