Juan Pablo Galavis Apologizes For Anti-Gay Comments; Blames Language Barrier For Use Of 'Pervert'

Juan Pablo Galavis has issued an apology for his comments regarding the possibility of a gay version of “The Bachelor.”

“People, I want to apologize to all the people I may have offended because of my comments on having a Gay or Bisexual’ Bachelor.’ The comment was taken out of context,” he wrote in a post on his Facebook page on Saturday. “If you listen to the entire interview, there’s nothing but respect for Gay people and their families. I have many gay friends and one of my closest friends who’s like a brother has been a constant in my life especially during the past 5 months.”

The current “Bachelor” – who grew up in Venezuela – also apologized for saying gays tend to be “more pervert” than straight people.

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“The word pervert was not what I meant to say and I am very sorry about it. 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,” he wrote. “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 5-year-old daughter watch it,” he continued. “Once again, I’m sorry for how my words were taken. I would never disrespect anyone.”

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As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, Juan Pablo – the first Latino “Bachelor”— made headlines on Saturday for saying he didn’t believe a gay version of the ABC reality series would be “a good example for kids.”

ABC denounced the remarks, calling Juan Pablo’s statements “careless, thoughtless and insensitive.”

-- Erin O’Sullivan

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