"In talking about Ryan's first role, I realize that what I said came out wrong," Jay said in a statement to People.com. "I certainly didn't mean any malice. I agree it was a dumb thing to say, and I apologize."
Ryan, who's first role was as a gay teen on the soap One Life to Live, looked like he wanted to crawl under the couch when Jay asked him to give the camera his "gayest look," and refused to participate in Jay's reindeer games.
On Tuesday, GLAAD gave props to Ryan, but dogged Jay for the remarks."We are proud of Ryan for refusing to participate in Leno's thoughtless attempt at humor," said GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano. "Under the guise of comedy, the talk-show host is demonstrating a lack of respect for the gay community and insensitivity to both his co-workers and the audience, to whom he owes an apology."
Hence, Jay's apology.