Believe It Or Not The Donny Is No Chelsea Queen

Earlier this summer Vanity Fair’s George Wayne probed the depths of The Donny for his Vanities column. Here are a few of the more revealing moments.

G.W. Your critics say you must decide. Does he want to create advertising? Or does he want to be in showbiz?
D.D. I actually think the two are related. If you look at the history of Larry King, he was a D.J. My background is the perfect training ground for a talk show about pop culture. Talking to interesting people, newsmakers–that helps with maintaining my edge as a top guy in the advertising business. I think it keeps me fresh.
G.W. Gosh, you are so buffed! You look like one of those Chelsea queens. Are you a Chelsea queen?
D.D. No, funny that you should say that, as I am very straight. But we do have a large gay population at this agency. We call them the GODs, “the gays of Deutsch.” Any guy who is in good shape, or has any sense of style, is automatically assumed to be gay, but I am exceptionally straight. But I take it as a great compliment.

You know, what brand manager wouldn’t want a self-annoited “top guy in advertising” with a great body on his or her business? After all, they’re in need of someone with uncanny promotional skills, and The Donny has those in droves.

About David Burn

Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. I worked for seven agencies in five states before launching my own practice in 2009. Today, I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.


  1. I hate to say it – as I really do like Donny and his show – but anyone who says “very straight” and “exceptionally straight” within the span of two sentences? I believe he is, but why the need to qualify everything to such an extent? And to think any guy with a sense of of style draped over a good shape is automaatically gay? Even if you do call him “God”, it’s a bit…well.
    I must admit, this all reminds me of the folks I grew up with in Oklahoma. Perhaps Tulsa is Deutsch’s newest target for a network office. The chicken-fried steak is darned good there. Although it’s bad for the six-pack.