Rashida Jones is apologizing after giving an interview in which she jokingly suggested that it’s time for John Travolta to come out of the closet.
Jones was speaking to the website Spinning Platters (“a community of Bay Area music nerds”) about her new film Celeste and Jesse Forever.
The conversation turned to Frank Ocean, the musician who recently announced he’s bisexual, and the cultural impact of that surprise admission.
Jones’ co-star, Will McCormack said he believes the world needs a pro athlete to reveal he or she is gay. Jones chimed in: “And a movie star!
“It’s time,” the Parks & Recreation star added. “Like John Travolta. Come out! Come on. How many masseurs have to come forward? Let’s do this.”
Jones, 36, was referencing a pair of lawsuits filed by two male massage therapists this year accusing the Hollywood legend of inappropriate sexual behavior.
Through his attorney, the 58-year-old actor has flat-out denied the accusations and both men have since dropped their suits, but the allegations linger.
A cruise ship attendant filed a separate suit claiming he was sexually assaulted by Travolta in 2009, and two other men claim to have dated the star.
Despite the fact he’s been married to Kelly Preston for 21 years, rumors have circulated for years (and especially lately) that John Travolta is gay.
Though many read Jones’ comments as a joke, she received some blowback and apologized, writing “Made a thoughtless comment about John Travolta.”
“I sincerely apologize. Nobody’s personal life is my business.”