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Reba's Sitcom "Malibu Country" Embraces Gay Characters in a Big Way

Image courtesy of Valory (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Valory (via ABC News Radio)

Reba 's new sitcom, Malibu Country , doesn't shy away from tackling gay issues. In fact, it features several gay characters, including Jai Rodriguez 's music industry assistant role. Reba's daughter on the show has a gay male friend named Sage , with who she sometimes makes out, and a lesbian friend named Lily , who hasn't been seen on camera yet.

In an interview with The Advocate , Reba was asked if the show would have this much gay-friendly content if it was set in Nashville instead of Los Angeles. She feels the show's location is irrelevant to that point, saying, "I’ve got a huge gay following, and they’ve always been very supportive, so I wouldn’t be surprised if there weren’t any difference between Nashville and L.A."

Malibu Country has been picked up for an additional five episodes this season. It airs Friday night at 8:30 ET on ABC.

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