Carson Daly is in some hot water after making remarks that offended the homosexual community. On his radio show, the host of "The Voice" made the controversial comments while discussing the JetBlue ordeal in which passengers took down a pilot that went crazy. He poked fun at the situation on the flight by using a high-pitched voice and suggesting that he would be stuck with people heading to a pride rally in San Francisco. The backlash was immediate and he quickly took to Twitter to issue an apology. "This morning on my radio show I attempted to make fun of myself & offended others by mistake. I sincerely apologize," said the former MTV star in his tweet. He went on to talk about his history of supporting the LGBT cause and how he looks forward to fighting with them. Though he sounds sincere, Daly likely has some more work to do to before this blows over. Here are some other stars that offended the LGBT community and the backlash they felt afterwards.
The man that played Dr. Burke on "Grey's Anatomy" is proof that making stupid remarks can cripple your career. During an argument on the set of the popular TV series in 2007, the actor directed a homophobic slur at T.R. Knight, a co-star on the show that happened to be gay. After being ripped in the press, Washington tried to perform damage control with a public apology. The humbled actor said in his statement, "I can also no longer deny to myself that there are issues I obviously need to examine within my own soul." It wasn't enough as the show decided not to bring him back.
The eccentric star of "30 Rock" has been known for going on a rant or two in his time. However, he admitted that he went too far in one stand-up routine in which he suggested that he would stab his son with a knife if he were gay. The comedian promptly apologized and met with several groups to try and clear the air. "I don't believe that people should be bullied or just made to feel bad about who they are," said the actor in a statement. His efforts helped restore his image and he was even able to poke fun at himself in a recent episode of his popular NBC series.
The noted director of funny movies didn't earn any laughs when he used an offensive word while promoting his movie "Tower Heist" in 2011. The fallout was severe and the director took action by releasing a statement and meeting with members of GLAAD. Things got so bad that he had to bail out of producing the Oscars as a result of the controversy. To his credit, he made a positive impression on the people he offended. "When we sat down with Brett today, he seemed very sincere in his desire to use this experience as a way to begin speaking out against anti-gay language in popular culture," said a GLAAD representative about the meeting.
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