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'Bachelor' Juan Pablo Galavis apologizes for anti-gay comments

Juan Pablo Galavis, the sexy single father from Miami, Florida, is ready to find love, on the new season of 'The Bachelor.' (Craig Sjodin)

January 18, 2014 12:00:00 AM PST
The star of ABC's "The Bachelor", Juan Pablo Galavis, is already stirring up controversy.

The reality TV star apologized Saturday after making comments that were considered to be anti-gay.

Galavis said that he didn't think a gay or bisexual bachelor would set a good example for kids. The single dad told a reporter for the The TV Page during an interview at a "network party" that gays were more "pervert, in a sense," adding that he could be mistaken.

ABC immediately issued a statement saying the TV star's words "were careless and insensitive".

On Saturday, Galavis posted an apology on his Facebook page, saying he respects gay people, has gay friends, including one "who's like a brother," and regrets using the word "pervert."

"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. I'm sorry for how my words were taken. I would never disrespect anyone," posted Galavis.

"The Bachelor" returned Jan. 6 for its 18th edition.

ABC News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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