Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski
LOS ANGELES (TheBlaze/AP) — The star of ABC's "The Bachelor" has made anti-gay comments that drew a swift rebuke from the network and an apology from the bachelor himself.
Juan Pablo Galavis tells online site The TV Page that he didn't think a gay bachelor would set a good example for kids. Galavis also says in the Friday interview that gays are "more pervert in a sense," but says he could be mistaken.
Galavis posted an apology on his Facebook page Saturday, saying he respects gay people, has gay friends and misused the word "pervert" because English is his second language, after Spanish.
ABC called his comments "careless, thoughtless and insensitive" and not representative of those of the network or show.
Galavis' posted an apology on Facebook, nothing that what he "meant to say was that gay people are more affectionate and intense." Here's his complete statement:
I want to apologize to all the people I may have offended because of my comments on having a Gay or Bisexual Bachelor. The comment was taken out of context. If you listen to the entire interview, there's nothing but respect for Gay people and their families. I have many gay friends and one of my closest friends who's like a brother has been a constant in my life especially during the past 5 months. The word pervert was not what I meant to say and I am very sorry about it. Everyone knows English is my second language and my vocabulary is not as broad as it is in Spanish and, because of this, sometimes I use the wrong words to express myself. What I meant to say was that gay people are more affectionate and intense and for a segment of the TV audience this would be too racy to accept. The show is very racy as it is and I don't let my 5 year old daughter watch it. Once again, I'm sorry for how my words were taken. I would never disrespect anyone.
Juan Pablo Galavis.