UPDATED: Gibson addresses controversy over his comments on death of actor Heath Ledger

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On the January 24 edition of Fox News' The Big Story, co-host John Gibson made the following statement in reference to his remarks about the death of Heath Ledger:

GIBSON: Now it's time for "My Word." I have received comments regarding remarks I made on my radio show the other night after the shocking death of Heath Ledger. I'm sorry that some took my comments as anti-gay and insensitive. I'm aware that Ledger has a family and many fans who were grief-stricken by his sudden death.

As I speak, a crowd is gathering at the funeral home where Ledger's funeral services will be held. Those who knew him say he was a good actor and a loving dad. And what happened to him was terrible, but was evidently an accident. Once again, to anyone offended by my comments, I'm sorry. But I'm also sorry that Heath Ledger is no longer alive and with us.

That is "My Word."

Gibson made a similar statement on the January 24 broadcast of Fox News Radio's The John Gibson Show:

GIBSON: I have received emails regarding some comments I made on this radio show the other night after the shocking death of Heath Ledger. I'm sorry that some gay groups and others took my comments as anti-gay and insensitive. I'm aware that Ledger has a family and many fans who were grief-stricken by his sudden death.

As we speak here now, a crowd is gathering at the funeral home where Ledger's services will be held here in New York City. Those who knew him say he was a good actor and a loving dad to 2-year-old Matilda. And what happened to him was terrible, but it was evidently an accident. Once again, to anyone offended by my comments, I'm sorry. And I'm sorry that Heath Ledger is no longer alive and with us.

Posted In
Diversity & Discrimination, LGBT
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Fox News Channel, Fox News Radio
Person
John Gibson
Show/Publication
The Big Story with John Gibson, The John Gibson Show
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