Carson Daly apologized last night for implying that gay people wouldn't have been able to take down the JetBlue pilot who melted down on a recent flight. On his show yesterday morning, Daly noted how lucky it was that many of the passengers on the flight were "well-trained dudes" on their way to a security conference. Unfortunately, he went on: "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." Then, making his voice sound—as TMZ puts it—"like a gay stereotype," Daly continued, "Uh, we're headed down to Vegas for the floral convention."
He later apologized on Twitter, posting, "This morning on my radio show I attempted to make fun of myself & offended others by mistake. I sincerely apologize." He also gave a statement to GLAAD, reiterating that he is "an ally of the LGBT community" and that that community is full of courageous individuals. The Huffington Post notes that Mark Bingham, one of the United 93 passengers who stormed the cockpit on 9/11, was openly gay; Bingham's mother responded to the controversy, telling TMZ in no uncertain terms that her son was a tough rugby player who ran with the bulls in Pamplona. Click to hear Daly's original comments.