Beloved late TV icon Mister Rogers was likely bisexual

Fred Rogers (seen here testifying before Congress in support of public broadcasting in 1969) was likely bisexual

Fred Rogers, the kind-hearted man behind the preschool television series Mister Rogers Neighborhood, was likely bisexual.

Tell Me More

On 3 March, YouTuber CeCe Ewing made a Twitter thread highlighting a recent conversation she had with her grandmother about the beloved late TV icon.

In the thread, Ewing describes how her grandmother watched the new Mister Rogers documentary and read his biography. In doing this research, she discovered that Rogers was likely bisexual. This was news to Ewing, despite being openly gay herself. Though Rogers never used the term ‘bisexual’ himself, he described as his sexual orientation as ‘being somewhere in the middle’ of gay and straight.

Soon, another Twitter user provided the exact excerpt from Maxwell King’s 2015 biography of Rogers, titled The Good Neighbor.

In The Middle

The excerpt, seen below, describes a 1974 interview Rogers did for The New York Times, followed by a conversation with his friend — openly gay Doctor William Hirsch.

Excerpt from The Good Neighbor by Maxwell King

Excerpt from The Good Neighbor by Maxwell King

If sexuality was measured on a scale of 1 to 10, Rogers noted he’d be ‘right smack in the middle.’

‘I have found women attractive, and I have found men attractive,’ he added.

Roger’s Legacy

Aside from hosting his popular children’s television show, Rogers was also a Presbyterian minister, a musician, and a puppeteer. Rogers was awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, 40 honorary degrees, and a Peabody Award. He was an avid supporter of public broadcasting, testifying before Congress against budget cuts that would affect PBS. Additionally, he was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame. Rogers died of stomach cancer in 2003.

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People are discovering Mr. Rogers was bisexual and it’s amazing

Mr. Rogers on the set of his children's show

Thanks to a viral tweet, people across the world are learning that Mr. Rogers was bisexual. The reactions have been a sight to behold and incredibly heartwarming.

It all started on Sunday (3 March) when Cece Ewing posted about her grandmother dropping the bombshell information on her.

Since then, users have been replying with reactions of shock, glee, and excitement.

‘Wildest thing that’s happened to me lately is when I went to talk to my grandmother and she was like “did you know Mr. Rogers was bisexual?”‘ she first tweeted. ‘And my gay ass, gay of the family, Miss Family Homosexual had to be like “he was WHAT?”‘

Viral tweets about Mr. Rogers being bisexual

The original viral tweets | Photo: Twitter @CeceEwing_

Ewing goes on to explain her grandmother came across this knowledge when she read Maxwell King’s 2018 biography of Rogers, The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers.

While Rogers never used the label ‘bisexual’, he did express his sexual attraction as fluid.

This being the internet, other users came to the rescue with screenshots of the biography and exact quote. One user, @GabrielLunesce, posted a screencap of the passage from Google Books.

Screenshot of the Mr. Rogers biography

Screenshot of the Mr. Rogers biography | Photo: Twitter @GabrielLunesce

Reportedly, Mr. Rogers discussed his attraction to people with his friend and openly gay doctor, William Hirsch.

Rogers allegedly said if sexuality was on a one to ten scale, he would be ‘right smack in the middle’. He also said he has found both men and women attractive.

Translated to the six-point Kinsey scale, this makes Mr. Rogers — in a more modern interpretation — bisexual.

All the glorious reactions

People couldn’t believe this revelation and responded accordingly.

Some lamented they were only finding out about this knowledge now. Others chimed in saying it was bi erasure and also that some view sexuality as ‘inappropriate’ for children.

Others praised this as important representation for the bi community.

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Mister Rogers Was Bisexual and It’s Going Viral

Fred Rogers, the face of beloved PBS children’s show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, revealed he is bisexual in a recent biography, and the revelation is going viral on Twitter after lesbian ‘book nerd’ YouTuber Cece Ewing told a funny story about her grandmother letting her in on the news.

Tweeted Ewing: “Anyway, wildest thing that’s happened to me lately is when I went to talk to my grandmother and she was like “did you know Mr. Rogers was bisexual?” and my gay ass, gay of the family, Miss Family Homosexual had to be like ‘he was WHAT?’ After she watched the new documentary, she read the Mr. Roger’s biography. Apparently he never used the word, but in an interview where he was asked if he was gay he said something like ‘I’m not gay, but I suppose if you look at attraction as a kind of line…I would probably be somewhere in the middle’ and like. WHAT.”

The revelation was made in the biography The Good Neighbor, by Maxwell King, published last September.

Many are thrilled.

And now, one of our favorite clips of all time, when Rogers went to Congress and saved $20 million in PBS funding with a six-minute speech.

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