"The Bachelor" star Juan Pablo Galavis opposes the idea of a gay people on the reality TV show because children might watch it.
Sean Daly of TheTVPage.com asked Galavis what he thought of a same sex version of "The Bachelor" on Friday during a party by ABC-TV to promote the reality series in Pasadena, Calif. (audio below).
"I don’t think it is a good example for kids to watch that on TV," said Galavis. "...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 people."
"Two parents sleeping in the same bed and the kid going into bed. It is confusing in a sense," added Galavis. "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 also said that gay people are "more pervert in a sense."
On Saturday, Galavis walked back his remarks after being called out by the gay activist group GLAAD, ABC-TV and the producers of "The Bachelor."
Galavis told GLAAD:
I have heard from many gay Latinos today who are hurt because of what I said and I apologize. I know gay parents and I support them and their families. They are good parents and loving families. I am a father and I know the feel of being a father, why wouldn't I want my gay friends to also be happy parents?
I also want gay and lesbian youth to know that it is fine to be who you are. Gay or straight, Black or White, Latin or American, what matters here is to respect who we are.