It’s been a week since Juan Pablo Galavis famously said that a gay or bisexual Bachelor would be a bad idea, and Chris Harrison has finally addressed the issue to The Hollywood Reporter.
"I took a long time to think about it," the host of 12 years told THR. "I was disappointed in his comments, and they obviously don't reflect my feelings or my thoughts on the subject." Good to hear that Chris doesn’t share any shade against the LGBT community.
Season 6 Bachelorette alum Craig Robinson told Wetpaint Entertainment pretty much the exact same thing. "I don't know Juan Pablo, but the comment he made was beyond disappointing. I 100% support gay rights, and I am sure that my friends in the Bachelor community feel the same way," he told us at the time.
Although Juan Pablo’s season is currently airing, Chris says that he hasn’t spoken to the Bachelor since the remarks. That will likely change today, given that Juan Pablo is an invited guest for Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici’s wedding. That could be awkward, but given that Chris Harrison has plenty of experience dealing with strange moments thanks to his years hosting a television show about one person dating two dozen other people, it should be fine.
"[Y]ou have to respect his freedom to say or do whatever he wants," Chris concluded about the controversy. For his part, Juan Pablo apologized publicly, blaming the language barrier for the misstep. "Everyone knows English is my second language, and my vocabulary is not as broad as it is in Spanish, and because of this, sometimes I use the wrong words to express myself,” the Venezuela-raised Bachelor said in his apology.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter