U.S. TV chat show king JAY LENO has apologized for asking actor RYAN PHILLIPPE to give him his “gayest look” during his late-night show.
Phillippe recently revealed his first paid acting role was as a gay teen on U.S. soap One Life To Live, and comic Leno decided to poke fun at his admission when he was a guest on his late night show recently.
He asked an embarrassed Phillippe, “Can you give me your gayest look? Say that camera is Billy Bob… Billy Bob has just ridden in shirtless from Wyoming.”
But the joke backfired on him when officials at the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) urged Leno to apologize.
And now the 57-year-old has done just that.
He says, “In talking about Ryan’s first role, I realise that what I said came out wrong. I certainly didn’t mean any malice. I agree it was a dumb thing to say, and I apologize.”