Juan Pablo Galavis has issued an apology following his commentary about the idea of a gay Bachelor.
At a TCAs party on Friday, Galavis said that a gay version of The Bachelor would be a bad example for children.
“I respect [gay people], but honestly I don’t think it’s a good example for kids to watch that on TV,” Galavis – a single dad to 4-year-old daughter Camila – told Sean Daly from The TV Page.
On Saturday, he issued a statement on his Facebook page to clarify the remarks.
“I want to apologize to all the people I may have offended because of my comments on having a Gay or Bisexual Bachelor,” he wrote. “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.”
In the Friday interview – an audio recording of which was posted on The TV Page – Galavis said he respects gay couples “100 percent” but seemed to have some reservations about them raising children.
“Obviously people have their husband and wife and kids, and that is how we are brought up,” Galavis 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, but I respect them because they want to have kids, they want to be parents.”
“And there’s this thing about gay people, that it seems to me, and I don’t know if I’m mistaken or not, you know I have a lot of friends and that, they’re more pervert in a sense. To me the show would be too strong, too hard to watch on TV.”
In a joint statement, ABC and the show’s producers said: “Juan Pablo’s comments were careless, thoughtless and insensitive, and in no way reflect the views of the network, the show’s producers or studio.”
But Galavis went on to clarify his use of the term “pervert” on his Facebook.
“The word pervert was not what I meant to say and I am very sorry about it,” he wrote. “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 daughter watch it. Once again, I’m sorry for how my words were taken. I would never disrespect anyone.”