Juan Pablo Galavis Blames Language Barrier
"The Bachelor" has spoken out after his controversial stance over a gay version of his reality show and blames the language barrier. Wireimage

Juan Pablo Galavis, "The Bachelor," has raised his voice and apologized for the remarks he made about gay people. "I want to apologize to all the people I may have offended because of my comments on having a Gay or Bisexual Bachelor," he wrote on his Facebook page. "The comment was taken out of context. 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."

In his response he also called gay "perverts" and deemed their behaviour too controversial for television. "The word pervert was not what I meant to say and I am very sorry about it," he added. "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. Once again, I'm sorry for how my words were taken. I would never disrespect anyone."

Funny thing is that the Spanish word for "pervert" is "pervertido," with both sharing the same spelling. Galavis says he is a Spanish speaker and in his head he probably thought of that word in his native tongue and then translated to English. We are not buying his language barrier becuase if he really wanted to say "intense" he would have said intense. Earlier in the day, ABC, Warner Horizon Television and the "The Bachelor" producers issued a statement seperating themselves from the controversy and writing, "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."

Read Juan Pablo's full response that got him into hot waters here: "Just 'cause I respect them but, honestly, I don't think it's a good example for kids to watch that on TV. It's hard, it's hard, it's a very thin line," he replied when asked what he thought of a Gay or Bisexual Bachelor. "Obviously, people have their husband and wife and have kids, and that's how we are brought up. Now there's fathers having kids and all that, and it's hard for me to understand that, too, in the sense of a household having people's -- two parents sleeping in the same bed and the kid going into bed. It's confusing in a sense, but I respect them because they want to have kids, they want to be parents. It's a scale; where do you put it on the scale, where's the thin line to cross or not? You have to respect everybody's desires, opinions and way of living. But it would be too hard for TV. There's this thing about gay people -- it seems to me, I don't know if I'm mistaken or not -- I have a lot of friends like that, but they're more pervert in a sense. To me, the show would be too strong, too hard to watch on TV."

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