Carson Daly apologizes for homophobic joke

Carson Daly arrives to the NBC Universal 2012 Winter TCA Tour All-Star Party on Jan. 6, 2012, in Pasadena, Calif. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Carson Daly arrives to the NBC Universal 2012 Winter TCA Tour All-Star Party on Jan. 6, 2012, in Pasadena, Calif.
Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

(CBS News) Carson Daly has apologized for a homophobic joke he made on his morning radio show Wednesday in regards to what happened on Jet Blue Flight 191, when the pilot had a meltdown in midair.

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

In addition to the tweet, the "Voice" host released a statement, saying, "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."

Daly sounded off on the JetBlue Airways pilot who was wrestled to the ground after having a meltdown on a flight on its way to Las Vegas.

"On this particular flight, most of the people were on their way to some sort of security conference in Las Vegas...so it was a bunch of dudes, and well-trained dudes."

According to TMZ, Daly continued suggesting that gays would not be brave enough to handle the situation.

"If that were me...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."

Since making the statement Daly has come under fire from many activist groups and bloggers, who have called Mark Bingham to the media personality's attention. Bingham, an openly gay man, reportedly joined several passengers in storming the cockpit of United Airlines Flight 93 after it was hijacked during the 9/11 attacks.

Daly continued his apology saying, "I've long been a supporter of Gay and Lesbian 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."

  • Camille Mann

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