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Carson Daly offends gays, then apologizes right away

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Carson Daly screwed up royally by making fun of gay folks on his radio show while discussing a recent altercation aboard a JetBlue flight in which the pilot had to be restrained. But don't worry, because he issued the requisite apology already. We're all cool now, right?

While talking about the case of Clayton Frederick Osbon, the captain of JetBlue flight 191 who was charged Wednesday with interfering with a flight crew when he pounded on the door of the cockpit and screamed over the radio before passengers tackled him so the flight could be diverted to Amarillo, Texas. And there's good reason those people could do that.

"Most of the people were on their way to some sort of security conference in Las Vegas," Daly said on his radio show, TMZ reports. "It was like a bunch of dudes and well-trained dudes ... thank god." He then went on to joke that gays wouldn't have been able to handle such a situation. "If that were me, I mean, my luck, it would be like ... This is the flight going to (the gay pride parade) in San Francisco ... I mean, that would be my colleagues," he said, before mocking a theoretical conversation between the captain and the passengers (listen to the clip via TMZ below). "'Uh, we're headed down to Vegas for the floral convention. Can we get a little help up here with the pilot?' 'Oh, no!'" he said in a stereotypical gay voice.

Daly quickly tweeted an apology via @carsonjdaly, writing "This morning on my radio show I attempted to make fun of myself & offended others by mistake. I sincerely apologize." He also talked to GLAAD about the incident and released the following statement:

"We live in a time where gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals find courage every day to overcome adversity, stand up to bullying and find equality. I'm truly saddened that my words today suggested otherwise. I've long been a supporter of gay, lesbian, and transgender rights, and I'm saddened that my comments, however unintentional, offended anyone, specifically members of the LGBT community. The fact that I have hurt anyone is devastating. I'm not that guy. I'm proud to be an ally of the LGBT community and will continue to fight with them."

We actually misread that last part and thought he said he'd continue to fly with them, which would have been a better statement. Now it just sounds like he wants to pick more fights with the LGBT folks.

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[Last modified: Thursday, March 29, 2012 5:54pm]

    

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