Out ex-Major League Baseball player Billy Bean doesn’t have any secrets anymore, so it’s no surprise that he’s getting others to reveal theirs as a panelist on the Game Show Network’s “I’ve Got a Secret.”
A remake of the popular 1950s game show, the new version features a progressive twist: An all-gay and lesbian panel with Billy Bean (author of "Going the Other Way: Lessons from a life in and out of Major League Baseball"), comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer, Sirius radio and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” personality Frank DeCaro and Broadway dancer Jermaine Taylor. Host Bil Dwyer (“Extreme Dodgeball”) plays straight man to this outrageous panel.
This half hour of unadulterated fun runs nightly at 11:30 p.m. EST through June on the Game Show Network. Each contestant whispers their secret to Dwyer, then the panelists have 40 seconds each to ask yes-or-no questions. If the panel can’t guess the secret, the contestant wins. Season one features celebrity contestants Phyllis Diller, Adam West, Tom Green, Corbin Bernsen, Jerry Springer, Lorenzo Llamas and more.
Bean played professional baseball for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Detroit Tigers and San Diego Padres from 1987 to 1995. He gained national media attention when he came out publicly in 1999. His 2003 book “Going the Other Way” chronicles his struggle keep his homosexuality hidden during his Major League career.