Juan Pablo Galavis, the new star of ABC’s “Bachelor,” aired his views on gay people during a network party Friday, when The TV Page asked him whether gay people should be featured on the show.
His answer: “I don’t think it is a good example for kids to watch that on TV,” he said. He added that gay people are “more pervert in a sense.”
Galavis also said: “Now there is fathers having kids and all that, and it is hard for me to understand that too in the sense of a household having peoples … Two parents sleeping in the same bed and the kid going into bed … It is confusing in a sense.”
His reply was an “interesting opinion,” the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker notes, given that Galavis, the father of a 4-year-old girl, is “hooking up with more than two dozen chicks on national television."
Galavis can’t claim he was misquoted because The TV Page has a full audio recording of the interview, the Times adds.
ABC and the producers of “The Bachelor” issued a statement in response, calling Galavis’ comments “thoughtless and insensitive,” the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker reports in a separate article.
The ABC statement adds that Galavis’ comments “in no way reflect the views of the network, the show’s producers or studio.”
Galavis also apologized, saying his comments were taken out of context and that he has “nothing but respect” for the gay and lesbian community.
"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," he said in the statement. “The word pervert was not what I meant to say and I am very sorry about it."