‘Extra’ Host Mario Lopez Apologizes For Transgender Remarks
Mario Lopez has apologized for his remarks about transgender people.
Lopez missed the latest taping of Extra as he tried to settle the controversy over his words about raising transgender children.
He made the comments during an appearance on the Candace Owens podcast last month. He suggested that it was “dangerous” for parents to be supportive of a child’s transition.
Lopez issued a statement saying, “The comments I made were ignorant and insensitive, and I now have a deeper understanding of how hurtful they were.”
Extra hosts Renee Bargh and Tanika Ray addressed the controversy by interviewing GLAAD director Anthony Ramos and Dr. Johanna Olson Kennedy, who is an expert on trans youth development at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles.
The hosts themselves also issued their own statement about Lopez.
“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. 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.”
The remarks Lopez made on Owens podcast condemned by the LGBTQ community. This led him to apologize and claimed that he has been an “ardent supporter” of their rights. He also said that he would “better educate [himself]” moving forward.