ABC’s “The Bachelor” does not suffer ratings drop after anti-gay comments from Juan Pablo Galavis
It seems viewers are not turning their back on ABC’s The Bachelor.
Current star Juan Pablo Galavis got himself in some hot water over the weekend for saying a gay version of the show would not be good for kids.
He also said gays are ‘more “pervert” in a sense. And to me the show would be too strong… too hard to watch.’
Viewers turned out on Monday in the same numbers as they did in the weeks prior.
This week’s episode featured Galavis giving two of the female contestants vying for his heart the boot and attracted 7.8 million viewers – almost dead-even with last week’s ratings of 7.9 million viewers.
ABC had condemned the comments by Galavis stating: ‘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.’
Galavis has posted an explanation on Facebook blaming it on English being his second language and has agreed to meet with gay parents through meetings organized by GLAAD.
‘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,’ he stated in part. ‘The word pervert was not what I meant to say and I am very sorry about it.’
He wrote about this week’s episode in detail on his blog tonight but also, once again addressed the controversy: It was a little hard to start writing after all that has happened during the past few days. I thank you for coming and reading my blog … My apology was not enough, so I guess time and my actions will let people know who I really am and my thoughts about how much I respect gay people.