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Monday
Mar262012

Chaz Bono Dating Show in the Works

ABC/ RICK ROWELL(NEW YORK) -- The Bachelor, meet Chaz Bono: Cher’s son could soon be starring in a dating show of his very own.

The executive producers of Becoming Chaz, last year’s OWN documentary about Bono’s transition from a woman to man, told ABC News that they’re in talks with the former Dancing with the Stars contestant to develop a dating show. Bono split from fiancée Jennifer Elia last December.

“We’re devastated that they’re no longer together, but it’s probably a good thing for both of them,” producer Fenton Bailey said at Saturday night’s GLAAD Media Awards in New York.

“We are talking to them about doing new projects, mainly Chaz. Maybe a dating show,” added Bailey’s production partner, Randy Barbato. Though Bono may be handing out roses to a new batch of hopefuls, Barbato said he and Elia are still on good terms.

“It was a very amicable split,” he said. “They’re good friends and they’re both moving on with their lives. They have lots of mutual friends. They’re sort of growing into being single.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
May092011

Chaz Bono Talks 'Becoming Chaz,' Cher on 'Oprah'

ABC News(CHICAGO) -- After years of struggling with his sexuality, Chaz Bono opened up about transitioning to a man on Monday's Oprah.

"Life was always so much more difficult," he told Oprah Winfrey about his former life as Chastity Bono. "It also felt like my body was literally betraying me."

Bono, the 42-year-old son of Cher and the late Sonny Bono, made a documentary about his transition, Becoming Chaz, which airs on Oprah Winfrey's OWN Tuesday. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, which Bono attended with his partner, Jennifer Elia. Cher was absent.

On Oprah, Bono revealed that Cher has seen the film and that, "She really liked it a lot. But I think it was probably hard to see," he said. "She has finally gotten that this is the thing that's making me happy."

The Bono in Becoming Chaz is desperate to erase all signs of his femininity. He injects himself with testosterone; he binds his chest so tight he has trouble breathing. "I'll be really happy to get rid of these," he declares before finally going under the knife to remove his breasts.

No one seems more uncomfortable with Bono's change than Cher. The two appear together in one scene at the end of Becoming Chaz, after the credits start rolling. But the majority of Cher's input in the movie comes via a single-camera interview in which she often refers to her son as a woman.

Watch Chaz Bono's interview on ABC's Nightline Monday at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT and tune in for more on Good Morning America Tuesday at 7 a.m. ET/PT.

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