Carson Daly ruffled a few feathers Wednesday morning after making a joke on his radio show related to the recent incident on a Las Vegas-bound JetBlue flight where the pilot had a “meltdown” and had to be restrained by passengers.
When speaking about the incident, Daly first remarked, “It turns out, on this particular flight, most of the people were on their way to some sort of security conference in Las Vegas so there was a bunch of dudes — and well-trained dudes. What are the odds of that? Thank God.”
Then came the comments that created the controversy: “If that were me — my luck, it would be like, ‘this is the flight going to Pride in San Francisco.’ I mean, that would be my colleagues,” Daly said, referencing the California city’s annual parade and festival celebrating gay pride. He then mimicked a stereotypical gay voice and pretended to be one of the passengers on this hypothetical flight, saying “‘Uhh, we’re heading down to Vegas for the floral convention.'”
Basically, Daly was jokingly insinuating that a flight full of gay people wouldn’t have been able to subdue the unruly pilot. Audio of the comment can be heard on TMZ.
After realizing later in the day that he’d been offensive, he tweeted an apology:
This morning on my radio show I attempted to make fun of myself & offended others by mistake. I sincerely apologize.
— Carson Daly (@carsonjdaly) March 28, 2012
After a discussion with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), Daly released an official statement:
“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.“
Along with his show on southern California’s 97.1 AMP Radio, Carson Daly also hosts NBC’s The Voice and late-night talk show Last Call With Carson Daly. He was also the original host of MTV’s hit show Total Request Live.