UPDATED: “The Real O’Neals” star Noah Galvin apologized for his comments on “Arrow” actor Colton Haynes, Bryan Singer and Eric Stonestreet, issuing a lengthy statement on Thursday after generating headlines for some controversial comments in an interview.
“I sincerely apologize to Bryan Singer for the horrible statement I made about him in the interview I gave to New York Magazine,” read the statement. “My comments were false and unwarranted. It was irresponsible and stupid of me to make those allegations against Bryan, and I deeply regret doing so. I have never been to Bryan’s house, and I admit there is no basis for any of the things I said or implied about Bryan in that interview. I understand now that my statements were not at all funny and have serious implications. I am very sorry and I hope that Bryan and everyone else who read that interview can forgive me for my serious lapse in judgment. I have contacted New York Magazine and the other publications that republished my statements and asked them all to print this retraction and apology.”
“The entire interview I gave to Vulture has hurt the LGBTQ community and the industry I feel truly fortunate to be a part of,” the statement goes on. “My only intention was to try and empower and promote honesty, but I fully understand that comments I made were brazen and hurtful. To Colton Haynes and to the LGBTQ youth, especially those who have embraced our show, I have no right to dictate how or when anybody comes out of the closet; I know how difficult and scary the process of coming out can be, and the last thing I would ever want to do is make it scarier. For anyone. Lastly, as I said in the interview, I think Eric Stonestreet is a wonderful actor. I apologize to everyone that I’ve hurt with my comments and understand the damage that has been done. I am new to this and will certainly commit to being more thoughtful and wiser as I navigate all of this moving forward.”
Galvin had slammed Haynes’ method of coming out in a controversial and candid interview with Vulture.
Galvin, who plays a gay teen on the ABC comedy, didn’t hold back, calling Haynes’ announcement that he’s gay in a recent EW interview “f—ing p—- bulls—.”
“That’s not coming out,” Galvin said when Vulture noted that “he didn’t actually say he was gay.” “That’s f—ing p—- bulls—. That’s like, ‘Enough people assume that I sleep with men, so I’m just going to slightly confirm the fact that I’ve sucked a dick or two.’ That’s not doing anything for the little gays, but giving them more masturbation material.”
ABC didn’t respond to a request for comment.
The actor also said everyone in the “glass closet” — the closeted gay community in Hollywood — should “stop beating around the bush” and be honest about their identities.
“There was a kid who guested on our show. He was flirting with me so blatantly, to the point where he asked me out a few times,” Galvin recalled.
“At one point I turned to him and was like, ‘Are you gay?’ And he was like, ‘Well … I don’t know. I’m more like, go with the flow.’ And I was like, ‘Shut the f— up. Get out of my face with your wishy-washy bulls— answer. You’re a f—ing f—ot.’ Like, I know you are. You know you are. Stop beating around the bush. Just go make out with me in my dressing room.”
The digs continued with Galvin taking aim at “X-Men” director Bryan Singer, who was accused of sexual assault in 2014 by Michael Egan, who claimed he was raped, as a teenager, by the filmmaker. Egan later dropped the lawsuit.
“Bryan Singer likes to invite little boys over to his pool and diddle them in the f—ing dark of night,” he said, laughing. “I want nothing to do with that. I think there are enough boys in L.A. that are questionably homosexual who are willing to do things with the right person who can get them in the door. In New York there is a healthy gay community, and that doesn’t exist in L.A.”
Galvin also attacked the character played by fellow ABC family sitcom star Eric Stonestreet on “Modern Family.”
“I think as wonderful of an actor as Eric Stonestreet is — I’ve never met him, I assume he’s a wonderful guy — he’s playing a caricature of a caricature of a stereotype of stereotype on ‘Modern Family,'” he said. “And he’s a straight man in real life. And as hilarious as that character is, there’s a lack of authenticity. I think people — especially young gay kids — they can laugh at it, and they can see it as a source of comedy, but like, nothing more than that. And I want Kenny to be more than the funny gay kid.”
At 22, he said he’s still “figuring out my own bulls—” and therefore doesn’t “have time to be your f—ing soothsayer.”