The current host of The Voice and ex-TRL emcee was discussing JetBlue pilot Clayton Osbon, who was charged with interfering with the crew after he had a breakdown on a recent flight out of New York. Several men on the flight — who happened to be on their way to a security industry conference in Las Vegas — had to wrestle the pilot to the cabin floor after he began screaming over the radio about religion and pounded aggressively on the locked door of the cockpit midflight.
"With my luck, it would be like 'This is the flight going to [the gay pride parade] in San Francisco,'" he said. "I mean, that would be my colleagues." Daly then raised his voice higher, pretending to be a passenger on another flight, saying, "Uh, we're headed down to Vegas for the floral convention."
Hours after the incident, Alice Hoagland, the mother of Flight 93 hero Mark Bingham, chastised Daly for his remarks. "Yes, my gay son was known in our family for bringing me flowers on my birthday and Mother's Day. He also was known for careening down the rugby pitch, and, on the morning of September 11, 2001, for charging unarmed down the aisle of a doomed Boeing 757 to face knife-wielding Islamist thugs in a hijacked cockpit.
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"No one among his pick-up team of fellow passengers was asking 'Are you straight? Are you gay?' No one doubted that a guy who weighed 220 and stood 6'4" tall — who could run over a charging opponent on the field, and ran with the bulls in Pamplona earlier that summer — would be an asset to a desperate group trying to overcome a threat onboard an airliner."
She added: "I hope you and I may have an opportunity to talk sometime. I prefer to believe you didn't mean to offend. Good luck to you."
Daly first apologized on Twitter, saying he was only trying to make fun of himself and had offended others on accident. "I'm truly saddened that my words today suggested otherwise. I've long been a supporter of gay and lesbian rights, and I'm saddened that my comments, however unintentional, offended anyone, specifically members of the LGBT community," Daly said in a statement to GLAAD. "The fact that I have hurt anyone is devastating. I'm not that guy. I'm proud to be an ally of the LGBT community and will continue to fight with them."
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