Odin Biron, who plays an American doctor on the popular Russian sitcom Interns, came out in an interview printed in the Feb. 9 issue of New York magazine.
Ivan Okhlobystin, a Russian actor who has called for burning LGBT people alive, plays Phil's boss, Doctor Bykov.
In response to the news of Biron's coming out, Okhlobystin tweeted: "Bykov never finds out that Phil is a pervert. But when Okhlobystin learned that his friend Odin is a sodomite, he hit his head against the wall and cursed fate."
"The Patriach said: we must do everything to prevent approval of the sin of sodomy 'on the spaces of the Holy Rus.' I absolutely agree."
Okhlobystin is a former Orthodox priest and a vocal supporter of Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.
Before Biron came out, the two actors were on good terms, according to the New York article. "When he's not saying outrageously offensive stuff, I really like that man," Biron told the magazine.
"He'll say, 'Odin, I'm gonna bomb the crap out of America, but I'm gonna save Minnesota because of you,' " Biron told New York.
Read New York's interview with Odin Biron here.
Susie Armitage is the Global Managing Editor and is based in New York.
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