Carson Daly Apologizes for JetBlue Gay Joke

Radio talk show host Carson Daly apologized Wednesday after he implied that gay people wouldn’t have been able to take down the JetBlue captain that disrupted a flight from New York to Las Vegas Tuesday.

TMZ has the audio and details of the joke:

It all went down on Daly’s L.A. radio show this morning … when he was talking about the flight and said, “Most of the people were on their way to some sort of security conference in Las Vegas … it was like a bunch of dudes and well trained dudes … thank god.”

He laughingly continued, “With 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.”

Then, changing his voice to sound like a gay stereotype, Carson said, “Uh, we’re headed down to Vegas for the floral convention.”

“This morning on my radio show I attempted to make fun of myself & offended others by mistake. I sincerely apologize,” Daly tweeted.

Lame joke but Daly did the right thing by apologizing right away.

Update (8:20 p.m.): GLAAD communications and publications manager Seth Adam passed along a follow-up statement from Daly:

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.

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