Jaime Bayly


Bayly, a prominent Peruvian author and eccentric TV personality, got his start covering municipal elections, then moved on to interviewing South American celebrities. His shows hopped back and forth between his home country and the US as he followed the migrations of the (human) stars, making a name for himself as a premier Spanish-language host.

English-only speakers may be more familiar with Bayly as the author of No se lo Digas a Nadie (Don’t Tell Anyone), which was made into a film in 1994, though he’s written a full stack of novels. Per Wikipedia, many contain autobiographical elements, and center on themes of politics, sex, and friendship. Between his writing and his shows it’s a small wonder he has time to do more, but he’s taken on a substantial challenge by becoming a politician in his own right. He floated the idea of running for president in 2011, and is reconsidering the idea now for 2016. (Link is in Spanish.)

In 2007 the openly bisexual Bayly received the Visibilidad Award from GLAAD for the coming out themes of No se lo Digas a Nadie and for challenging the homophobic diatribes of Peruvian presidential candidate Ollanta Humala.


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