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Saturday, 14 October, 2000, 11:56 GMT 12:56 UK
Transexual minister rejects Springer offer
Dian Parry
Dian Parry turned down chance to be chat show star
A transexual church minister has claimed she turned down the chance of becoming a trans-Atlantic celebrity with a regular slot on the Jerry Springer show.

Dian Parry, aged 61, - who used to be bearded clergyman Revd Bill Parry - has appeared on many television programmes, including BBC1's Kilroy, and has ambitions of becoming a chat show host herself.

Now she has revealed that she turned down the chance of becoming the Jerry Springer show's resident cleric.

Dian Parry said she took part in a programme with Jerry Springer in London earlier this year, when she gave a blessing to a couple who had been refused a church wedding because they wanted to wear leather for the occasion, but the programme wasn't broadcast.

"Later on he called me and asked whether I would join the programme and give him and the show a regular blessing.

"He said that if I joined it would entail my going to America on a regular basis and he would also want me to give an on-air blessing calling for high ratings.

"That I would not do and I turned him down. I told him that it went contrary to my conscience.

"I also felt that it was almost as if he was calling on God to ensure the series was a success.

"But the show also had a clairvoyant and a spiritualist which was not something I liked anyway," she added.

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