Bob Newhart Cancels Gig at Catholic Event, GLAAD Cheers

Bob Newhart Cancels Gig at Catholic Event, GLAAD Cheers

Legendary comedian Bob Newhart has pulled out of a gig performing for a Catholic group, a move hailed by GLAAD citing its alleged “rabid anti-gay” stance.

Newhart planned to appear Feb. 6 at The Legatus Summit, but the comic’s Twitter feed announced this week that he will no longer play the event.

GLAAD hailed the decision:

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) said in a statementthat, “It is possible that Newhart, like many people were unaware that Legatus was such a rabid anti-LGBT organization. The organization was created by former Domino’s Pizza CEO, Thomas Monaghan, for Roman Catholic businesspeople, and membership is only available to top level executives.

According to the Legatus web site, the organization exists to, “bring together the three key areas of a Catholic business leader’s life – Faith, Family and Business – connecting two powerful realities, the challenge of top-tier business leadership and a religious tradition second to none.”