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“It wasn’t a match on a lot of levels. My biggest complaint was the feeling that she kinda s–t all over my mother’s legacy in her statement on leaving.” – Melissa Rivers speaks frankly about Kathy Griffin’s disastrous run on “Fashion Police”.

Andy Cohen was recently asked to kiss and tell about celebrity sexual encounters. “The most HI-3021_Melissa-Riversfamous person I ever slept with I guess is Lance Bass.” With all due respect to both Andy and Lance, I think many of my readers have slept with more famous people! Even I, your humble scribe, could name someone from my sexual past that would shock you. But I dare not – this information could seriously affect the outcome of the upcoming presidential election. Regarding sleeping with Cohen, Lance said, “I’m not going to tell you what I do in the bedroom. Sex is a broad term…like ‘Andy banged Lance’ – when did he ever say that? This is an old story. Three years ago, we told everyone we hooked up. Now it’s getting into who did who? I can just tell you right now, there was no Andy D going in my B.” Unless, of course, they were in France – something tells me Lance’s “bouche” was engaged.

“The View” (perennial fodder for this column) is poised to undergo even more changes. As I revealed a few weeks ago, serious negotiations are underway for Raven-Symoné to join the cast full time next season – thus ending talks with Cristela Alonzo, who was up for the same job. Rounding out the cast may be another familiar face. The brass are quite eager to get Joy Behar back onboard. Despite what you may have heard, she didn’t leave of her own accord two years HI-3021_Andy-Cohenago. She was jettisoned along with Elisabeth Hasselbeck. But with the subsequent departure of Sherri Shepherd, the show lost a bit of life and spark. Guest spots by Behar have proven popular with fans, and ABC believes her return could help the show find its way.

Netflix has made quite a splash with “Grace and Frankie”. Alas, stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are not so thrilled with how things have been handled behind the scenes. The ladies may play the titular stars, but they happen to be getting the same salary as Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston. Jane spoke out to the press: “Lily found out Sam and Martin are getting the same salary that we are. That doesn’t make us happy.” Lily added, “The show is not ‘Sol and Robert’ – it’s ‘Grace and Frankie’!” Although there are some cases where the supporting actors do as much of the heavy lifting as the leads (as in, say, “Will & Grace”), “Grace and Frankie” has clearly given the brunt of the burden to the ladies. And the ladies have surprising allies in Sheen and Waterston. The men sat down with Kathie Lee and Hoda Kotb and said Jane and Lily should be given a raise. “They carry the show,” said Sheen. Waterston added, “I think they’re being cheated.”

Jane Fonda is full of revelations. Elsewhere, she admitted to having dated her fair share of gay HI-3021_Jane-Fondamen – and could have even married one. “When I was young, I was the female that gay guys wanted to try to become heterosexual with. A very famous actor who’s gay – and I will not name names – asked me to marry him. I was very flattered, but I said, ‘Why?’ This was 1964. And I mean, he wasn’t the only one. It’s very interesting. And I lived for two years with a guy who was trying to become heterosexual. I’m intimately acquainted with that.” I think it was the “Barbarella” costumes. I mean, the boots alone…

Our “Ask Billy” question comes from Mike in San Diego: “Longtime reader and subscriber to BillyMasters.com. Loved the photos of Zac [Efron] walking around practically naked. But I hear there are even more pics – including one of him naked on a motorcycle. I’m sure you can find it…if it’s real.”

I can find it, and it’s real…kinda. The photos in question have been filtering out from the set of “Bad Grandpa”. Previously we shared snaps of Zac walking around practically naked with only a bumblebee strapped to his nether regions. In the same scene, he apparently hops on a hog and rides away (I will pause for dramatic effect so that you can picture Zac hopping on a hog…or anything else). Alas, the naked guy on the motorcycle wasn’t Zac. While less scrupulous reporters have said that the guy was Zac’s butt double, I did some sniffing around and discovered the truth. The guy was hired to be Zac’s stunt double. OK, so he was a stunt double who also does nudity, but our sources say Efron had no problem with the nudity….just with the cycling. You can check out the photos of both boys on www.BillyMasters.com.

When Zac (or someone who looks like him) is riding bareback, it’s definitely time to end yet another column. Wow, we had room for an “Ask Billy” question and two blind items. You can find all that and more on www.BillyMasters.com, the site that never sleeps. If you have a question for me, shoot it on over to Billy@BillyMasters.com, and I promise to get back to you before Jane Fonda reveals she made a risqué exercise video with Richard Simmons! Until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.