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ABC's 'Bachelor': Gays are 'pervert(ed)'

1:21 PM, Jan 18, 2014   |    comments
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PASADENA, Calif. - Juan Pablo Galavis seems a charming Bachelor on ABC's reality show, but he made some ugly remarks here Friday in discussing the show.

Asked by website TheTVPage.com whether ABC should air a season with a gay or bisexual Bachelor, he said, "I don't think it is a good example for kids to watch that on TV," calling homosexuals "more pervert(ed) in a sense."

Though he voiced respect for his own gay producer, he said same-sex couples with kids are "confusing in a sense. ... Where is the thin line to cross or not? You have to respect everybody's desires and way of living. But it would be too hard for TV."

The comments come a month after Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson made anti-gay comments in a GQ interview, was promptly "suspended indefinitely" by A&E, only to be reinstated after a pro-Robertson backlash. The show returned last week with ratings similar to last winter's start but down sharply from its most recent (and record-setting) premiere last August.

ABC had no immediate comment.

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