Two gay activists confronted an angry Arsenio Hall on his talk show, demanding to know why he doesn't interview more homosexual guests.
The nearly 10-minute debate, which at times turned into a shouting match, took place at the beginning of taping for Friday's show. The argument ran apparently uncut.
It started when two men, one wearing a T-shirt carrying the slogan "Queer Nation," stood up in the audience and demanded to know why Hall didn't have more gay guests.
"There are a lot of gay guests on this show," Hall shot back, "but it ain't none of your damn business that they are gay!"
Hall, who is black, said he is sensitive to the plight of all minorities, but the hecklers accused him of making fun of gays. "I do black jokes. I do gay jokes," he said. "I'm a comedian." Hall, who at times appeared enraged, dismissed the protesters as "stupid" and "rude."