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Jay Leno: I'm Sorry Gays

4/1/2008 8:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"Tonight Show" host Jay Leno has apologized for asking a visibly uncomfortable Ryan Phillippe for his "gayest look" during an interview last week. Homey don't play that!

In a statement to People, Leno said "In talking about Ryan's first role, I realize 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."

Jay made the remark in a lame attempt to make light of Ryan's first acting gig as a gay teen on "One Life to Live."

Unfortunately, Leno has yet to apologize for 16 years of unfunny opening monologues.


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Yikes, am I the only one that notices homophobia laden throughout these TMZ comments that are, in and of themselves, responding to homophobic comments by Leno? Confusing? Not really. Just seems to me that, the more they come, the more apologies for this type of communication gain more strength. You folks are proving the point, as you blindly think you're making your strong point.

Leno's remarks are consistently homophobic, regardless of whether he's "funny," and even with a wonderful, beautiful lesbian as a comrade in the show's band. Do we have to wait for generations to die off in order to NOT have gay folks be one of the few last, openly sanctioned minority groups against whom are discriminated?

These types of ongoing conversations remind me how US culture, when viewed across the world, is often seen as filled with jokes, slams, and insults that, for others, are considered both homophobic and a waste of time/energy/"brain" space/breath.

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