Less than a month after “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson was embroiled in controversy following remarks made about gays to GQ Magazine, this season’s “Bachelor” star Juan Pablo Galavis is quickly finding himself in hot water over comments made to a journo regarding gays at ABC’s TCA party last night.
When asked by The TV Page’s Sean Daly if the Alphabet’s venerable dating competition could have a cycle featuring an openly gay or bisexual bachelor, Galavis responded, “I don’t think it is a good idea for kids to watch that on TV.”
“Obviously people have their husband and wife and kids and that is how we are brought up,” the Venezuelan-born reality star continued. “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. So it is a scale… Where do you put it on the scale? Where is the thin line to cross or not? You have to respect everybody’s desires and way of living. But it would be too hard for TV.”
Galavis added, “I have a lot of friends like that, but they’re more pervert in a sense. To me, the show would be too strong, too hard to watch on TV.”
[UPDATED 1:05 P.M. JANUARY 18] Obviously, these remarks did not sit well with others involved with the show. ABC, “The Bachelor” executive producers and Warner Horizon Television issued a statement saying that “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.”
[UPDATED 1:45 P.M. JANUARY 18] Galavis released an apology on his Facebook page, writing that his comments were taken out of context and that “the word pervert was not what I meant to say” because “English is my second language and my vocabulary is not as broad as it is in Spanish.”
“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,” Galavis wrote. “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.”
“The Bachelor” returned to ABC’s lineup earlier this month. Galavis, a fan fave from a previous cycle of the unscripted show, was tapped to be the new Bachelor last summer.