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Carson Daly makes gay joke on radio show, tweets apology

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Carson Daly is totally requesting that you forgive him after a gay joke "The Voice" host made on his morning radio show fell flat.

Daly was discussing the mid-flight meltdown of JetBlue pilot Clayton Osbon on Tuesday, who was locked out of the cockpit by his copilot and restrained by passengers after a display of erratic behavior.

"Most of the people were on their way to some sort of security conference in Las Vegas," Daly said of several able-bodied passengers who held down Osbon in a matter of moments. "It was like a bunch of dudes, and well-trained dudes."

Daly implied that, given his luck, his neighbors in the sky wouldn't be as capable in wrangling the pilot.

"It would be like, 'This is the flight going to [the gay pride parade] in San Francisco.' I mean, that would be my colleagues," he said. 

He tweeted later: "This morning on my radio show I attempted to make fun of myself & offended others by mistake. I sincerely apologize,"

Some reactions on Twitter registered minor offense (though the Ministry can't tell whether it's for the gay jab or simply the bad joke), but this isn't the first time a guy from "The Voice" has stepped in LGBT controversy.

In May, judge Blake Shelton took some heat for a tweet that suggested he would get violent with any male that attempted to touch him in a sexual context. A month later, Cee Lo Green tweeted angrily at a critic, assuming the person was gay and offended by his "masculinity." 

The show does, however, count gay icon Christina Aguilera as a coach for singing contestants, as well as Adam Levine, an open supporter of equal rights (Levine has spoken at length about his openly gay brother).

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-- Matt Donnelly
twitter.com/MattDonnelly

Photo: Carson Daly at AMP 97.1 FM in Los Angeles in June 2011. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times 

 
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