Blue Ranger Billy said he never felt comfortable showing his true colors on “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.” David Yost said he quit the hit ‘90s kid show after a series of taunts over his sexuality led him to consider suicide.
“The reason I walked off was because I was called f-----t one too many times,” Yost told “Power Rangers” fan site No Pink Spandex.
“I had just heard that several times while working on the show from creators, producers, writers directors,” Yost said in a video interview on the fan site, which was first noticed by JustJared.
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Yost, 41, starred on “Power Rangers” from 1993 to 1996 and also acted in the franchise’s 1995 feature film, according to Usmagazine.com.
He said he experienced a general “vibe” that he wasn’t worthy of appearing on the show “because I’m quote-un-quote a gay person and I’m not supposed to be an actor and you can’t be a superhero.”
“I know that my co-stars were called in a couple of times to different producers’ offices and questioned about my sexuality, which is kind of a humiliating experience to hear,” Yost said. “I was worried that I might take my own life.”
Now a Hollywood producer, Yost said it took him a long time to recover from a nervous breakdown that followed his “Power Rangers” exit.
Yost said that instead of “learning to accept myself” he joined a group to help him “pray the gay away.”
After two years of trying to change his orientation, he landed in the hospital with a nervous breakdown, Yost said. He eventually moved to Mexico for a year to clear his head.
“It frustrates me that I hated myself on such a level that I couldn’t accept myself,” Yost said.
Saban Entertainment, which produced “Power Rangers,” has so far not commented on the reports.