Gary wit da Tea of Atlanta’s wildly popular Rickey Smiley Morning Show pours da Tea on his Colour of the Day, life & love in Atlanta and how he flawlessly balances it all!
Gary started his career in radio as a call-in listener on the Russ Parr Morning Show in Dallas. His zany call-ins caught Parr’s ear and landed Gary a co-host position on the show at KJMZ/Dallas. He later worked opposite Steve Harvey in Dallas and LA and is now pouring “da Tea” daily on the Rickey Smiley Morning Show.
What is da Tea? Within the LGBT community the Tea is used in place of the Truth and it refers to the most salacious gossip. And when it comes to the Tea Gary shoots straight from the hip with the latest entertainment news and steamy celebrity gossip.
50 Shades of Gary How do you come up with the Colour of the day? I have a colorful personality and I Iove color” says the Dallas transplant. With that said it seems only natural that he is most qualified to inform Atlanta of the hottest colors of the season and give his expert opinions on the hottest fashion trends.
His favorite colours are as follows; on the high end tomato and amethyst and on the low end red and purple.
Love in Atlanta He has only been in Atlanta for a few months but he is enjoying it, saying “the people here are very nice; Atlanta has been very receptive.” He notes that there is a much larger population of people of color in Atlanta than Dallas.
He found his church home right away at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and is adjusting to life in Atlanta but states “I miss my friends and family, everything is about the same.”
While he couldn’t report on the Atlanta dating scene he is very open to the idea of dating in Atlanta. “I really haven’t had any invitations…” When it comes to the gossip guru’s love life 1970’s girl group, the Honey Cones #1 R& B hit “Want Ad” sums it up perfectly:
Wanted young man single and free
Experienced in love preferably
But will accept a young trainee
Oh, I’m gonna put it in the want ads
I need a love that’s true
Gary describes himself as a hopeless romantic but admits his “B.S. tolerance is low!”
When asked to describe his ideal mate he joked that he must have a job! But on a more serious note he added that he would be open to relationship with a “nice, caring and respectful partner.”
Respect is a deal breaker with Gary “not only must any possible suitor respect himself but me as well.” Gary said he has been in love before but refuses to be held down.
Balancing Act Gary admits that between the Morning Show, Dish Nation and personal appearances his social life has suffered. “I regularly attend industry events but I do not get the chance to socialize personally”said Gary. His social life isn’t a total bust as he admits to an occasional visit to the house of ill repute.
I tried to pry his celebrity crush out of him but he played those cards close to the vest.
He says he has ever been the subject of juicy celebrity gossip he replied no but if so his strategy is to deny, deny, deny! The 23 year radio veteran definitely has a career in politics in his future.
What would people be surprised to learn about you? I am a regular very down to earth person. While he claims to put his pants leg on one leg at a time there is nothing cliché about Gary or his tea!
Describe yourself in a word: FABULOUS! Enough said.
You can catch Gary pouring da Tea daily on Atlanta’s HOT 107.9 from 6am – 10am. You can get your fix nightly on Dish Nation on Fox. Gary is all over social media so be sure to follow him on Twitter and Facebook! Also, check out his blog where you can sign up for updates on the hottest celebrity gossip!