ABC may have a public relations nightmare on its hands with its Bachelor star Juan Pablo Galavis and his comments about gays but their problems do not extend to the show’s ratings.
Viewers turned out on Monday (20 January) in the same numbers as they did in the weeks prior to Galavis saying a gay version of the show would not be good for kids.
He also said gays are ‘more "pervert" in a sense. And to me the show would be too strong… too hard to watch.’
This week’s episode of the long-running reality show featured Galavis giving two of the female contestants vying for his heart the boot. It attracted 7.8 million viewers which is almost dead-even with last week’s ratings of 7.9 million viewers.
ABC had condemned the comments by Galavis stating: ‘Juan Pablo’s comments were careless, thoughtless and insensitive, and in no way reflect the views of the network, the show’s producers or studio.’
Galavis has posted an explanation on Facebook blaming it on English being his second language and has agreed to meet with gay parents through meetings organized by GLAAD.
‘I have many gay friends and one of my closest friends who’s like a brother has been a constant in my life especially during the past 5 months,’ he stated in part. ‘The word pervert was not what I meant to say and I am very sorry about it.’