Movie star Richard Gere admitted he is angry after not being invited this year to the American Gerbil Society’s annual pageant in Bedford, Mass., after serving as a guest celebrity judge for the organization’s event for the past 20 years. But according to American Gerbil society president Libby Hanna, the decision to ban Gere as a pageant judge came after allegations emerged that the actor paid a man last year to admit he was responsible for starting the rumor that Gere once had a gerbil stuck inside his body after a sex act went horribly awry.
“There should be an asterisk next to the name of this year’s winning gerbil since I wasn’t there to pick it,” an outraged Gere told Hollywood & Swine. “I thought nothing could be worse than being snubbed again for an Oscar nomination earlier this year, but I was wrong. Being snubbed as a judge for this year’s gerbil pageant is the most painful thing I’ve gone through since I had emergency surgery to remove the… Never mind.”
Last October, many in Hollywood thought Gere had finally moved on from the dreaded gerbil rumor that had done even more damage to his career than his horrible Irish accent did in the film, “The Jackal.” While accepting his Hollywood Film Awards Life Time Achievement Award, 35-year-old man named Wayne Matthews came forward confessing he was the one who started the gerbil rumor and wanted to finally apologize to Gere (Hollywood & Swine, October 24, 2012). However, during a recent investigation into Matthews’ tax returns this year, it was discovered Matthews had received $500,000 from Gere weeks before his confession.
Matthews finally confessed that the movie star paid him to lie about starting the rumor in order to get PETA off his back for his alleged gerbiling practices and to help his chances of finally getting an Oscar nomination for his performance in “Arbitrage.”