Transcript for 'Bachelor' Backlash Over Remarks on Homosexuality
To another controversy brewing about olympic gays, this time coming from a star of the reality TV show, "The bachelor" seen here on ABC and tonight he's already apologizing and trying to explain what he says he meant to say. Here's ABC's gio Benitez. Reporter: He's the 32-year-old former professional soccer player, now the first Latino star of "The bachelor" but tonight he's making headlines when a reporter asked if it would be a good idea to have a gay or bisexual bachelor? No. Why not? I respect them but honestly, I don't think it's a good example for kids to watch that on TV. It's hard. Reporter: Juan Pablo sited his upbringing. People have their husband and wife and have kids and that's how we are brought up. Now there is fathers having kids and it's hard for me to understand that. Reporter: Then he went further. Reporter: There is this thing about gay people that it seems to me, you know and I don't know if I'm mistaken or not. But I meant, great, you know, I have a lot of friends but they're more pervert in a sense. To me the show would be too strong, too hard to watch on TV. Reporter: Today ABC and the production company, Warner horizon, responded with this joint statement. Juan Pablo's comments were careless, thoughtless and insensitive and in no way reflect the views of the network, the show's producers or the studio. Juan Pablo issued a statement on Facebook, apologizing for comments and saying he has nothing but respect for gay people and their families. He writes, the word pervert was not what I meant to say and I am very sorry about it. Everyone knows English is my second language. What I meant to say was that gay people are more affectionate and intense and for a section of the TV audience, this would be too racy to accept. To a moment back in the spotlight, this time in the sun
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