'That's why I should never do live TV' - Simon Cowell apologises to Rylan Clark-Neal for crude gay joke
Simon Cowell apologised after making a crude gay sex joke on TV.
The 57-year-old music mogul was participating in a Q&A session on Sunday night's Xtra Factor when he made the joke to gay TV presenter Rylan Clark-Neal.
During the segment, Rylan said: "I love a front door."
To which Simon quickly replied: "I thought you liked a back door."
The remark prompted gasps from the TV audience, but Rylan saw the funny side and replied: "Oh Simon! Shall I show you how much?"
Cowell immediately blushed as he realised what he said, and began to apologise, saying “I apologise, I shouldn’t have said that – sorry, sorry, sorry.”
Rylan accepted the apology, saying he will “get over it” whilst a red-faced Simon said “this is why I should never do live TV".
The Xtra Factor host also downplayed the incident after the show, saying it was a "joke between friends", after Twitter users slammed Cowell and branded him "homophobic".
Rylan said: “Genuinely wasn’t offended by Simon last night but understand some people might be it was just a joke between friends and meant extremely lighthearted, but trust me I’m more offended by comments I get on social media every day calling me worse names by pr*cks sitting behind a keyboard.
"It was banter in this case and I personally wasn’t offended… Also I’ll get him to buy me a house in Ibiza whilst threatening to sue him… win win x”
That joke by @SimonCowell is hilarious and not homophobic, he freaking loves the gays— James Lowe (@james_l89) October 16, 2016