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Carson Daly apologizes for joking that gay men would be unable to stop pilot who had meltdown

Radio host Carson Daly has apologized via Twitter for an antigay joke he told Wednesday on his Los Angeles radio show:

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

During Wednesday's show, Daly joked that gay men would not have been able to stop the JetBlue pilot who recently had a public meltdown.

Daly's on-air comments, originally reported by TMZ:

"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."

Alice Hoagland, mother of Mark Bingham -- the gay man who helped divert terrorists who brought down flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001 -- responded angrily, according to US Weekly:

"No one among his...team of fellow passengers was asking, 'Are you straight? Are you gay?'...The world has its share of strong, heroic gay men. Gay men in sports uniforms and military uniforms have been winning America's games and fighting America's battles for a long time: quietly, humbly, and in the face of vicious bigotry."

GLAAD immediately jumped in and contacted Daly. Daly's full apology, posted Thursday on the GLAAD blog:

"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."

Below is Daly's apology via Twitter, including a few NSFW comments by angry followers:


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