Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Actor sorry for gay cricket remark

Jason Alexander has apologised for comments he made on a US talk show

Actor Jason Alexander has apologised for joking during a US TV talk show that he considers cricket to be a "gay" sport.

In a blog post, the former Seinfeld star explained what led to his remark on CBS's Late Late Show.

He wrote that he at first didn't grasp why some might object to the comment, but that subsequent conversations with his gay friends led him to realise his insensitivity.

Alexander's remarks came in Friday's show in which he told host Craig Ferguson that aspects of cricket make it a "gay game" compared to other sports.

The actor's 1,000-word-plus "message of amends" said that the joking remark plays into "hurtful assumptions and diminishments" about people.

He also wrote that as an actor with many gay friends, he "should know better".

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