ABC Condemns Juan Pablo Galavis’ Gay “Bachelor” Remarks
“Juanuary” just got a bit hotter.
And the rising temperatures have nothing to do with chiseled chests and bulging biceps.
Reigning Bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis found himself on the receiving end of a tongue-lashing from series producers and parent network ABC after he theorized that he a gay or bisexual Bachelor could be problematic for television.
In an interview with TV Page’s Sean Daly, Galavis — ABC’s first Latino Bachelor — remarked that though he does have gay friends, he does not think a gay bachelor would be a fit for the longrunning ABC reality show. Juan, who is the father of a 7-year-old daughter, seemed particularly concerned about the impact seeing a same sex union on the small screen might have on children.
“I respect [gay people], but honestly, I don’t think it’s a good example for kids to watch that on TV. 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.”
Forgive us for asking, but what parents actually allow their prepubescent children to watch The Bachelor?!
Galavis claims although he respects gay couples “100 percent,” he has some reservations about them raising children.
“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, but I respect them because they want to have kids, they want to be parents.”
After Juan Pablo’s remarks spread across social media on Saturday, ABC, Warner Horizon and executive producers of The Bachelor issued a statement slamming the former soap star. The suits, however, stopped short of pulling the program from its lineup.
“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.”