Juan Pablo Galavis, also known as “The Bachelor” for this season’s hit show on ABC, The Bachelor, does not think that a gay version of the show would be a very good idea.
In an interview on Friday with TV Page, Galavis it would not be a “good Idea” stating “No… I respect [gay people] but, honestly, I don’t think it’s a good example for kids…”
“Obviously people have their husband and wife and kids and that is how we are brought up. 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,” he said.
“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: “There’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. And to me the show would be too strong… too hard to watch.”
Galavis, 32, is a former Venezuelan soccer player, a single father and the show’s first Latino bachelor.
ABC had no immediate comment.
ABC and Galavis have both released statements. From ABC:
“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.”
From Galavis' Facebook Page:
"I want to apologize to all the people I may have offended because of my comments on having a gay or bisexual Bachelor. 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. 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."
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