Fans were loving Juan Pablo Galavis as ABC's “The Bachelor 2014,” at least until the TCA party Friday night. Galavis made some controversial comments about gay people, and ABC is scrambling to do damage control. Deadline shared the latest on Jan. 18.
Friday night, Galavis said that he doesn't think gay people should be allowed on “The Bachelor." In addition, he indicated that he thinks those who are gay are “more pervert in a sense.” Clearly those associated with the show are frantically trying to get ahead of this one.
Deadline shares that “The Bachelor” executive producers, Warner Horizon and ABC have issued a statement. It shares, in part, “Juan Pablo's comments were careless, thoughtless and insensitive” and they “in no way” reflect the views of those involved with the show. As “The Bachelor 2014” fans know, the show is pre-taped, as the finale was filmed last November. The show is ready to air episode 3 on Monday night.
Juan Pablo Galavis has posted an apology on his Facebook page, and he says things were taken out of context. What will the show do from here? How extensive will the backlash by fans be? That much remains to be seen, but there is no doubt Juan Pablo Galavis' gay comments are going to cause issues with the fans. ABC's “The Bachelor 2014” was off to a strong start this season, but it will be interesting to see what happens with Monday's ratings.