Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Whoopi's Funny Guy

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Whoopi's Funny Guy

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Not a day goes by that Bobby Rivers doesn't realize how lucky he is. As the film critic on Wake Up With Whoopi, Whoopi Goldberg's popular morning FM radio show, Rivers is given free rein to be himself.

Not only does Rivers get to release his unedited celluloid opinions (he said watching Hairspray was "like being trapped in an elevator with Richard Simmons"), but he often chats with Goldberg on a variety of pop culture topics. Goldberg, looking to add more diversity to her new radio show, remembered Rivers from an old gig he had at VH1. After just one

Rivers got the job. "Back in the day, Rosie O'Donnell told me if I was out, I'd never work again," says Rivers. Rivers's career, however, helped pave the way for today's increasingly diverse media landscape. After graduating from college in the early '80s, Rivers was hired at Milwaukee's edition of PM Magazine. …

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