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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.

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  1. 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.

    Posted by: David in Toronto | Jan 25, 2008 12:22:06 AM

  2. 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.

    Posted by: JT | Jan 25, 2008 12:28:48 AM

  3. 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.

    Posted by: kyle michel sullivan | Jan 25, 2008 1:44:29 AM

  4. 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.

    Posted by: JAMES IN CHICAGO | Jan 25, 2008 1:47:34 AM

  5. 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."
    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!

    Posted by: michael72 | Jan 25, 2008 3:20:49 AM

  6. 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

    Posted by: Allen White | Jan 25, 2008 4:12:52 AM

  7. 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.


    xxxx xxxxxx

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

    Posted by: nic | Jan 25, 2008 5:24:37 AM

  8. Gibson would not have given that apology if not for all the emails, keep them up, more important is their sponsors.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Jan 25, 2008 7:03:54 AM

  9. 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.

    Posted by: Tyler | Jan 25, 2008 7:19:47 AM

  10. He needs to apologize to the Ledger family and Heath's daughter.

    Posted by: Vernon | Jan 25, 2008 7:32:12 AM

  11. 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.

    Posted by: Mark | Jan 25, 2008 7:44:13 AM

  12. 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.

    Posted by: Darren | Jan 25, 2008 8:23:14 AM

  13. 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.

    Posted by: gay as life | Jan 25, 2008 8:51:29 AM

  14. He also made statements like "There's no point in passing up a good joke."
    Here’s a link about some of his other comments and the non-apology he gave.

    Posted by: 1♥ | Jan 25, 2008 9:18:28 AM


    Posted by: CLIFF | Jan 25, 2008 9:34:44 AM

  16. "I'm sorry if you were offended" is NOT an apology.

    Posted by: phil | Jan 25, 2008 9:39:34 AM

  17. That was an apology? That was utter B.S. The only thing he is sorry about is the flap made over his comments. What an a*shole.

    Posted by: Island Girly | Jan 25, 2008 9:57:51 AM

  18. Yep, it's the classic 'non-apology' apology, blandly delivered without any sense of remorse whatsoever.

    I actually think this guy's a bigger scumbag *after* his comments!

    Posted by: Scott Dagostino | Jan 25, 2008 10:29:36 AM

  19. Off with his head

    Posted by: Mary, Really Late Dowager Queen of the British Empire, Ireland, Empress of India, etc..... | Jan 25, 2008 10:36:11 AM

  20. 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.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jan 25, 2008 10:48:57 AM

  21. 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.

    Posted by: Oscar | Jan 25, 2008 11:02:09 AM

  22. 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:
    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:
    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:
    JOHN GIBSONjohn.gibson@foxnews.com212-301-3000

    Posted by: njdc | Jan 25, 2008 11:27:07 AM

  23. 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.

    Posted by: junior | Jan 25, 2008 11:32:27 AM

  24. 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.

    Posted by: MCnNYC | Jan 25, 2008 11:48:42 AM

    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

    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

    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
    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


    Posted by: Warren | Jan 25, 2008 12:33:42 PM

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