Carson Daly, host of NBC's The Voice, said on his LA morning radio show Wednesday (28 March) that gay people could not have subdued a JetBlue pilot who went berserk on a flight from New York to Las Vegas this week.
'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,' said Daly, according to TMZ.com.
He continued: 'With my luck, it would be like … 'this is the flight going to [the gay pride convention] in San Francisco … I mean, that would be my colleagues.'
TMZ reports that Daly then changed his voice to sound like a gay stereotype and said: 'Uh, we're headed down to Vegas for the floral convention.'
Daly, who also hosts a late-night show for NBC, has so far had no further comment beyond those he made on the 97.1 AMP Radio broadcast.
Passengers wrestled Capt. Clayton Osbon to the ground by passengers after he left the cockpit. The 12-year veteran of the airline sprinted down the cabin of the plane screaming and urging everyone to pray.
The plane was able to make an emergency landing in Amarillo, Texas and no one on board was hurt.
Some on the JetBlue flight remarked in television interviews that they quickly got involved because they thought back to the Sept. 11 attacks when terrorists forced flights to crash into the World Trade Center and The Pentagon. A fourth flight, thought to be either The White House of the US Capitol, crashed in a Pennsylvania field after passengers overtook the cockpit.
Among those passengers was a strapping, openly gay rugby player named Mark Bingham from the San Francisco area.
UPDATE: Daly has now apologized via Twitter: 'This morning on my radio show I attempted to make fun of myself & offended others by mistake. I sincerely apologize.'
Below is audio of his original comments: