Is Juan Pablo Galavis of "The Bachelor" channeling "Duck Dyanasty"'s Phil Robertson?

On Friday, Galavis became the latest reality TV star to wade into hot water with derogatory comments about gay people.

The former Venezuelan soccer on told TheTVPage.com that he would be 100 percent opposed to having a cycle of the reality dating show pegged to an openly gay or bisexual bachelor.

"I don't think it is a good example for kids to watch that on TV," said during an ABC-sponsored party at the Television Critics Association press tour.

Galavis went on to call homosexuals "more pervert in a sense."

During the interview, which was recorded, Galavis made it clear that he has gay friends and co-workers, but insisted that a dating show would be "too hard to watch" with a gay leading man or woman.

On Saturday, "The Bachelor" star backtracked, issuing an apology via his Facebook page and blaming his comments on a language barrier.

"I want to apologize to all the people I may have offended because of my comments on having a gay or bisexual Bachelor," he wrote. "... The word pervert was not what I meant to say and I am very sorry about it. Everyone knows English is my second language and my vocabulary is not as broad as it is in Spanish and, because of this, sometimes I use the wrong words to express myself."


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The post continued with: "What I meant to say was that gay people are more affectionate and intense and for a segment of the TV audience, this would be too racy to accept. The show is very racy as it is, and I don't let my 5-year-old daughter watch it."

His remarks at the party came a month after Robertson made anti-gay comments in a GQ interview. Robertson was "suspended indefinitely" by A&E, only to be reinstated after a pro-Robertson backlash.

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