Jay Leno has apologized for his crude attempt at humor employing homophobia and bigotry. On March 19, Leno attempted to get Ryan Philippe, who portrayed one of the first openly Gay characters on daytime TV, to Gay it up for the camera. "Say that camera was your gay lover," Leno said to Phillippe. "Give that camera your gayest look. Say that camera is Billy Bob who's just ridden in shirtless from Wyoming." To his credit, Philippe declined the invitation.
Leno, who considers himself above accusations of homophobia and racism because he has one Gay friend and one Black friend, was offended at the suggestion that he was homophobic. It took a website devoted to his enlightenment that caused him to reconsider.
Pictured above is Armistead Maupin giving Leno his Gayest look. And just below is one from me. Leno has apologized for being crass and offensive. Okay, I made that up. What he said was "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." No, Jay, it didn't come out wrong. It just wasn't funny.