Former Saved by the Bell star Mario Lopez has enjoyed a long career in which he has seldom ruffled the feathers of Hollywood. That is, until now.
According to Deadline magazine, the host missed the latest taping of the show Extra on Wednesday (July 31) as he battled through the backlash caused by comments he made about raising transgender children during an interview with Candace Owens.
“Look, I’m never one to tell anyone how to parent their kids, obviously, and I think if you come from a place of love, you really can’t go wrong. But at the same time, my God, if you’re three-years-old and you’re saying you’re feeling a certain way or you think you’re a boy or a girl or whatever the case may be. I just think it’s dangerous as a parent to make that determination then — ‘Okay, well then you’re going to be a boy or a girl,’ whatever the case may be,” he said on the popular podcast back in June. “It’s sort of alarming and my gosh, I just think about the repercussions later on.”
On Wednesday (July 31,) Lopez offered up an apology in a heartfelt statement to People magazine.
“The comments I made were ignorant and insensitive, and I now have a deeper understanding of how hurtful they were,” he said. “I have been and always will be an ardent supporter of the LGBTQ community, and I am going to use this opportunity to better educate myself. Moving forward I will be more informed and thoughtful.”
Unfortunately, the apology just might have come a little too late.
“While we have enjoyed a long relationship with Mario Lopez, who we know to be a caring person, the opinions he expressed in this interview do not reflect those of Extra,” producers of the show said in their own statement. “We wholeheartedly embrace our friends from the LGBTQ community and believe they need support and love. For more support on these issues you can go to GLAAD.org.”