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Lou Ferrigno

Bruce Banner Was

Too Gay for Television

6/3/2013 7:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

060313_lou_ferrigno_launchDr. Bruce Banner became Dr. David Banner for the "Incredible Hulk" TV show back in the 1970s, and Lou Ferrigno says the name change came about because CBS thought the name Bruce was "gay-ish."

Our photog spotted Ferrigno at LAX this weekend and after hitting him up for some fitness tips, our photog asked him why the Hulk got the name change for the show. Ferrigno explained that back in 1977, CBS felt the name Bruce "was kinda gay-ish."

Clearly that's ridiculous ... if anything was gay about the show, it was a guy running around with jeans and no shirt on.

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The New Improved Sock Puppet    

Lou Ferrigno is a good guy doing good things and has stayed out of the Hollywood fray for decades. If you were going to do a story involving him at least you could have some something worthwhile.

419 days ago
17.

LadyN    

Since when is a guy running around with jeans and no shirt on gay? Oh, TMZ. But yes, it is silly to change a name because it "sounds gay".

419 days ago
18.

eastcoastelliot    

did he mean bruce Jenner ?????????????

419 days ago
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nosy_parker    

Bruce Forsyth from uk's strictly Come dancing almost changed his name to Larry so he could sound ungay...sadly Larry Grayson, another 1970's stalwart like Harvey told him to piss off and change it back, phew.
Tis true.

Make all your page gay...just sayin.

419 days ago
20.

nosy_parker    

Bruce Forsyth from uk's strictly Come dancing almost changed his name to Larry so he could sound ungay...sadly Larry Grayson, another 1970's stalwart like Harvey told him to piss off and change it back, phew.
Tis true.

Make all your page gay...just sayin.

419 days ago
21.

ABB    

Bullcrap! "if anything was gay about the show, it was a guy running around with jeans and no shirt on."

Don't you mean purple jean cutoffs?

419 days ago
22.

Roman Moroni    

Let's ask Bruce Lee or Danny Inosanto or Tommy Carruthers or maybe Shannon Lee what they think about the name Bruce

418 days ago
23.

static    

Get ready for the pro gay Brown Shirts to demand an apology Lou.

418 days ago
24.

en Todo Momento!!    

why go for television? someone angry over something?...... weird... #bruce...

418 days ago
25.

Keyser Söze    

This is old-as-all-hell news, TMZ - every single fan of the show already knows about this.

418 days ago
26.

nico    

I give one hunded den perdent Donald

418 days ago
27.

en Todo Momento!!    

ribber

418 days ago
28.

Mike    

Saw a cartoon in Penthouse magazine back in the 80s... it showed a bunch of cops outside of a gay bar. The caption said "We have the place surrounded, Bruce, so come out with your hands on your hips." So Lou is right about the 80s and the name Bruce.

418 days ago
29.

borikwa1    

That was kinda f'ed up what the chick with black hair said about doing the AIDS Walk with beds. I'm pretty easy going and that pissed me off.

418 days ago
30.

TomatoMango    

Oh sure the name Bruce was too gay-ish, but not having the actor portray him having starred as a single father raising his son in his own (we all know the widower story was a coverup and Eddie's father was really gay) in "The Courtship of Eddie's Father" (even the show's name screams gay). And prior to that Bixby had played a man who was living with another man who dressed in lamé who he had to pretend was his uncle in "My Favorite Martian".

418 days ago
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