“During the 21 1/2 hour live broadcase of my Telephon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association this weekend, I made a joking comment to a member of my production team.
I apologize to anyone who was offended. I obviously made a bad choice of words. Everyone who knows me understands that I hold no prejudice in this regard. In the family atmosphere of the Telephon I forget that not everyone knows me that well.
That something like this would distract from the true purpose of the telethon pains me deeply,”
The success of the show and all the good that will come of it shouldn’t be lost because of one unfortunate word. I accept responsibility for what I said. There are no excuses. I am sorry.”