FOX News Host John Gibson Apologizes for Heath Ledger Remarks

Following the outrage over homophobic and callous comments he made about the death of Heath Ledger, John Gibson apologized tonight on his radio show.

Tuesday night, as Think Progress noted, “Playing an audio clip of the iconic quote, ‘I wish I knew how to quit you’ from Ledger’s gay romance movie Brokeback Mountain, Gibson disdainfully quipped, ‘Well, he found out how to quit you.’ Laughing, Gibson then played another clip from Brokeback Mountain in which Ledger said, ‘We’re dead,’ followed by his own, mocking ‘We’re dead’ before playing the clip again.”

Gibson called Ledger a “weirdo” with a “serious drug problem” and suggested that Ledger killed himself because he had “a serious position in the (stock) market” or perhaps “watched the Clinton-Obama debate last night. I think he was an Edwards guy, cause he saw his Edwards guy was just completely irrelevant.”

Last night, Gibson said he felt no need to apologize, but apparently the outrage, as well as an alert from GLAAD, prompted the clip you see above.

Comments

  1. Luis from SF says

    He did not apologize. He said he was sorry if some were offended by his remarks. This was not an apology. It did not genuinely come from his heart. I agree with Scott B. before me: Complete lack of sincerity.

  2. peterparker says

    You guys are correct…it wasn’t an apology. An apology is when you say “I’m sorry I hurt your feelings”, not “I’m sorry if your feelings were hurt”.

  3. Hephaestion says

    He was obviously FORCED to make this apology.

    Now he needs to be FORCED to make a REAL apology.

    He was fighting a smirk as he made this entire so-called apology.

    He needs to be fired immediately. Go to GLAAD’s web site to get the names and contact info on all the folks you need to call or write to insist on firing this mother.

  4. Mark says

    How is anyone supposed to believe this guy? His apology was forced and should not be accepted. Enough of this hate towards us! He wasn’t even gay! We take 10 steps forward and then 50 steps back. Sad….

  5. says

    This was the equivalent of the bully apologizing to the bullied in front of the principal. The behavior is not going to change. It may get worse.

    That’s why the fury must continue.

  6. RB says

    Step one, force Gibson/Fox to apologize. We succeeded. We know it was “forced” and not genuine, but we succeeded in making him apologize. Step two, get him fired. Step up the emails and keep up the fight.

    Not so many years ago, we would not have gotten an apology. Baby steps…but do not let up!

  7. davitydave says

    As I commented on an earlier post, this is the classic non-apology apology. He used the word “sorry” to express regret over how someone else felt, not in regards to his own actions. He takes no responsibility for those, and he shows no remorse.

    Write the advertisers and tell them you won’t buy or use their products that support his broadcasts.

  8. Huss says

    The other issue that bothers me is that the Advocate has not even covered this on their website yet. If what is one of the largest Gay Publications doesn’t think this deserves to be front and center I am cancelling my subscription.

    I contacted them about this yesterday and still nothing. Shame on the Advocate.

  9. Michael says

    The whole idea of ordering somebody to make an apology is stupid and pointless. What really matters is what he thinks and we all know that hasn’t changed.

    The way of dealing with people like this is to avoid listening to or watching their shows.

  10. the queen says

    well at least he did say he was sorry that heath is no longer alive and with us… and at least we did it guys, made him apologize… i am woman hear me roar…

  11. says

    Its the classic “non-apology”apology, “i’m sorry if you were offended”. BS. there aren’t many people in this world I hate, and Gibson is fighting tooth and nail to get on that list.

  12. Will says

    He should absolutely be terminated. Imus was let go because his remarks were blatantly racist. Homophobic remarks by a person of influence should carry the same weight and repercussions. Sad and pathetic indeed.

  13. ramal says

    That was an apology? It sounds like he his sorry only over the fact that someone took offense over his remarks, not for what he said. What a lying, right-wing, alcholic, douchebag. Hey Jon, I am sorry if those labels bother you.

  14. David in Toronto says

    I am sorry about the deaths of that family that was in front of my car when I was driving. I am very sorry for people I may have offended while dancing. Of course I wish they were alive.

    I hate him more after this apology. I really do.

  15. JT says

    Crow tastes so much better with a little salt, and maybe if Gibson shed a few figurative tears, his public chomping would not seem so forced. As it is, his apology seems forced and insincere. Too little, too late, and too fake, sir. You still suck, and not in a good way. My wish for a pox on your house is still in effect.

  16. kyle michel sullivan says

    People are right — this was not an apology; it was an equivocation. The scumbag no more means it than he means to give up his hateful comments in the future. Diseased.

  17. JAMES IN CHICAGO says

    Its obvious that all the emails we sent to the people at FOX is making this guy frightened and he is shitting his pants. This apology is for people who were offended not for what he said. He is sorry that we dont get his humour not that he offended millions of people.

  18. michael72 says

    i agree with dave that
    “As I commented on an earlier post, this is the classic non-apology apology. He used the word “sorry” to express regret over how someone else felt, not in regards to his own actions. He takes no responsibility for those, and he shows no remorse.”
    BUT
    the very fact that he had to make any kind of public show of ‘regret’ is a very good sign of the power of protest by many hundreds if not thousands of people outraged by his remarks who wrote and called Fox. they’ve been put on notice. and the protests and write in should continue against this rogue soulless man. maybe he will be canned if there is enough public fury at his and fox’s insensitivity.

    good work guys!

  19. Allen White says

    John Gibson’s failure isn’t in his apology. It is in his lack of respect. A decent person shows respect for the family of a person struck by tragedy. For Heath Ledger there is a community and a family, rich and full in their caring and compassion. The focus of our respcet should be with them.

    Respect for Heath Ledger sharply contrasts with the disgust and shame John Gibson will find himself associated, for a time far longer than he anticipates.

    Allen White
    San Francisco, California

  20. nic says

    this is my letter to Fox:

    Mr. Mitch Davis,

    An insincere apology will not do.

    John Gibson clearly has no sense of decency or shame. And, what does this say of his employer(s) — his enablers, his facilitators? Mr. Gibson has a lamentable history of intemperate and impolitic commentary that has insulted and offended African-Americans, Hispanics, Jews, Muslims, and the Gay Community. And now, he directly insults and offends the memory of a dead man. When is enough, enough?

    I hope that you and others will do the right thing as it pertains to John Gibson and his hate speech. I am contacting the sponsors of both his radio show and TV show and asking them to reconsider their support for people in media who perpetuate the polemics of divisiveness. I am also calling on all my friends and family to do the same.

    Rest assured, this is not an issue I take lightly, nor is it an issue that will be going away soon. America can do better.

    Respectfully,

    xxxx xxxxxx

    i encourage everyone on towleroad to let gibson, fox news, and gibson’s sponsors to know how you feel.

  21. Tyler says

    This jackass is just closing the barn door after the horses already ran away, he simply is trying to save his job. Not acceptable and I hope that after the services for Mr. Ledger are over, Ledger’s father makes a public scathing statement about how his son was disrespected this way. When people see the potential pain someone like Gibson, Phelps, and IMUS causes families and they can put a human face on that pain, Gibson will be in real deep shit.

  22. Mark says

    I have been so incensed at the blatant and vile disrespect for this untimely death that I just want to make them stop. (kind of like the scene in the startrek flick where data has the klingon by the throat: stop it! stop it! stop it!)

    I don’t know. We find one small glimmer of hope in a screen performance, and then that icon is denigriated by these hateful and nasty media seeking mouths. Sometimes, my blood just boils.

    As for Gibson, his “apology” had everything to do with his paycheck and nothing to do with sincerity. He didn’t give a damn who he offended – just how could he “up” his viewership.

    Yes. I’ll do the letters to Fox. I’ll do the letters to his sponsors. Seems it is the only thing we can do. And it should never have happened or been allowed in the first place.

  23. Darren says

    You know, I remember not so long ago a certain Mr. Falwell died. Arguably the man was reviled by the gay community on the whole. When he passed, many of us were gleeful, and for most of us, it lasted that split second until we realized how awful that shaudenfraude was.

    Now, THAT being said, none of us had the pulpit that this right wing, dickcheese, bully boy, asshole has.. I say , put his balls ot the wall for this. I once went out with a guy who listened to him and after 5 minutes in the car I was incensed. Needless to say, the date was over soon thereafter.

  24. gay as life says

    Darren – I think there’s a big difference between:

    A) joyful relief at the death of a political opponent and very vocal bigot (Falwell) and

    B) mockery of the tragically young death of an arguably “kooky” actor because he appeared in a gay film (Ledger).

    Falwell actively sought confrontation, Ledger did not. Plus, Falwell was able to live a much longer and fuller life than Ledger.

  25. CLIFF says

    HE EXPRESSED ABOUT AS MUCH EMOTION AND SINCERITY AS, A PRISON GUARD FROM AUSCHWITZ DIRECTING A PRISONER TO THE OVENS AND, TELLING HIM HE’S ATTENDING A WEENIE ROAST.

  26. Derrick from Philly says

    Which head, Grandma Mary? The one on his neck is repulsive and huge. The other one is probably even more repulsive and too small to remove without cutting other parts.
    Can’t we just stick a hot pocker up in him–you know, the way they did your ancestor, Edward II.

  27. Oscar says

    Imus called some blacks “nappu hos” and get fired, vilified and blasphemed. This asshole John Gibson calls a dead man all kind of gay insults and nobody says anything. So he now appologizes and everything is OK. Bullshit. He should be fired by Fox, oherwise, lets boycott Fox programs and make it feel it in the pocketbook.
    BOYCOTT FOX PROGRAMS as of today.

  28. njdc says

    Here are more links/addresses to show your disgust at John Bigot’s (err) Gibson’s remarks….feel free to pass along…I intend to keep up the fight!

    Write these people and tell ’em what you think of John Gibson:
    Please contact:
    Mr. Mitch DavisVice PresidentFox News Radio Network1211 Avenue Of The Americas18th FloorNew York, NY 10036-8701Direct Phone: *212-301-5800Outlet Fax: *212-301-5455Outlet Phone: 212-301-3000Email: mitch.davis@foxnews.com
    Mr. Robert FinnertySenior Vice PresidentFox News Radio Network1211 Avenue Of The Americas18th FloorNew York, NY 10036-8701Direct Phone: *212-301-5800Outlet Fax: *212-301-5455Outlet Phone: 212-301-3000Email: robert.finnerty@foxnews.com
    Ms. Irena BrigantiVice President of Public RelationsFOX News Channel1211 Avenue Of The AmericasLowr C1New York, NY 10036Direct Phone : *212-301-3608Outlet Fax : *212-382-1411Outlet Phone : 212-301-3000Email: irena.briganti@foxnews.comContact by: E-mail
    Ms. Suzanne ScottVice President, ProgrammingFOX News Channel1211 Avenue Of The AmericasLowr C1New York, NY 10036Direct Phone : *212-301-8558Outlet Fax : *212-382-1411Outlet Phone : 212-301-3000Email: suzanne.scott@foxnews.com
    foxnewsradio@foxnews.comgibsonradio@foxnews.com
    JOHN GIBSONjohn.gibson@foxnews.com212-301-3000

  29. says

    Some people are all like, “who cares if he apologizes.” But even if it was forced, here’s why it was important.

    The “apology” wasn’t to gay people or those who love Heath because they probably don’t even listen to his show. The apology went out us on the Internet and EVERYONE who watches or listens to his shows. This tells all those racist, homo-haters who listen to Gibson that you cannot just say what you want in this world without consequence.

    Hopefully, this will teach someone that making jokes like this isn’t fun and games.

  30. MCnNYC says

    BOYCOTT Fox News!
    You can also BLOCK their channel from your cable box. Then Tell Fox and your cable company that you have blocked it and the REASON for your action.

  31. Warren says

    TAKE ACTION NOW!
    GLAAD strongly urges you to contact Fox News and ask its representatives why they continue to provide a platform for John Gibson’s cruel and tasteless comments about Heath Ledger and the gay issue.

    Please contact:

    Mr. Mitch Davis
    Vice President
    Fox News Radio Network
    1211 Avenue Of The Americas
    18th Floor
    New York, NY 10036-8701
    Direct Phone: *212-301-5800
    Outlet Fax: *212-301-5455
    Outlet Phone: 212-301-3000
    Email: mitch.davis@foxnews.com

    Mr. Robert Finnerty
    Senior Vice President
    Fox News Radio Network
    1211 Avenue Of The Americas
    18th Floor
    New York, NY 10036-8701
    Direct Phone: *212-301-5800
    Outlet Fax: *212-301-5455
    Outlet Phone: 212-301-3000
    Email: robert.finnerty@foxnews.com

    Ms. Irena Briganti
    Vice President of Public Relations
    FOX News Channel
    1211 Avenue Of The Americas
    Lowr C1
    New York, NY 10036
    Direct Phone : *212-301-3608
    Outlet Fax : *212-382-1411
    Outlet Phone : 212-301-3000
    Email: irena.briganti@foxnews.com
    Contact by: E-mail

    Ms. Suzanne Scott
    Vice President, Programming
    FOX News Channel
    1211 Avenue Of The Americas
    Lowr C1
    New York, NY 10036
    Direct Phone : *212-301-8558
    Outlet Fax : *212-382-1411
    Outlet Phone : 212-301-3000
    Email: suzanne.scott@foxnews.com

    foxnewsradio@foxnews.com
    gibsonradio@foxnews.com

    JOHN GIBSON
    john.gibson@foxnews.com
    212-301-3000

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