“The Bachelor” star Juan Pablo Galavis found himself in a media firestorm over the weekend after comments he made regarding the future of the ABC reality series.
Galavis, the first Latino “Bachelor,” was asked by The TV Page whether the show should embrace diversity and have a season of gay or bisexual contestants.
“[T]here’s this thing about gay people… it seems to me, and I don’t know if I’m mistaken or not… but they’re more ‘pervert’ in a sense,” he said. “And to me the show would be too strong… too hard to watch.”
After the remarks proved to be controversial, ABC released a statement calling his comments “careless, thoughtless and insensitive.”
Galavis released an apology on Facebook, with the reality star noting that he has many friends in the LGBT community and explaining that it was a miscommunication, since English is not his first language.
“What I meant to say was that gay people are more affectionate and intense 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.”
According to “The Wrap,” Galavis has since released a new apology and stated that he will be meeting with GLAAD this week.