Carson Daly Apologizes for Joke

Carson Daly
Carson Daly (Photo credit: YouTube)
Carson Daly
Carson Daly (Photo credit: YouTube)

Carson Daly issued an apology on Thursday after he made a joke on his morning radio show about the JetBlue flight that gained national attention after the plane’s captain had to be restrained onboard the Las Vegas-bound flight earlier this week.

Daly’s little commentary about the JetBlue flight was criticized by gay groups who didn’t find his attempt at humor very funny.

The Voice host issued his apology through Twitter, saying: “This morning on my radio show I attempted to make fun of myself & offended others by mistake. I sincerely apologize.”

So, what did Daly actually say that forced him to apologize?

“Most of the people were on their way to some sort of security conference in Las Vegas,” Daly said, talking about the JetBlue flight. “So there’s a bunch of dudes, a bunch of well-trained dudes [on the flight]. Thanks God, if that were me, with my luck ‘this is the flight going to [the gay pride parade] in San Francisco.’ That would be my colleagues.”

He continued: “’We’re headed down to Vegas for the floral convention, can we get a little help up here with the pilot.’”

Not funny?

Well, if tweeting wasn’t enough, the host of NBC’s popular talent show also released a 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.”

GLAAD said on its website that they are in talks with Daly’s reps and “asked him to speak out against stereotypes of the LGBT community.”