A Real Housewife Apologizes for Slur

February 23, 2009
The season finale of Bravo's The Real Housewives of Orange County last week upset many fans when it aired uncensored the slur "homo," uttered by housewife Tamra Barney as an insult. Barney has now reached out to fans and the LGBT community with an apology: "I wish so badly that I could take it back." After hearing from constituents about the on-air defamatory comment the day after it aired, GLAAD contacted Bravo immediately. The cable network moved quickly and a spokesperson confirmed that day that the slur has been edited from future airings. To Barney's credit, she personally reached out with an apology to bloggers who covered the on-air slur, and sent the below message to GLAAD, asking us to share it with the community:
I am reaching out to GLAAD and the gay community today to apologize for the ignorant comment I made on last week's episode. I wish so badly that I could take it back. I of all people have nothing against the gay community and support gay rights 100%.  The word I used was "homo" and not the word I was searching for and not a word I condone. I am highly embarrassed and ashamed. I have several gay friends  and family members.  I have been suggesting to Bravo for the past year to bring in my friends Ricky (who filmed with me this season at my pool party) and Diego (his husband) as the new "housewife."  I think it would be extremely educational for the viewers to see that gay men can be married, have kids and there is nothing remotely wrong with it. This does not reflect the type of person I am and I hope you accept my sincere apology. Tamra Barney The Real Housewives of Orange County