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Mario Lopez's Team Begged Star To Issue Public Apology For 'Transphobic' Comments

Mario Lopez Urged To Apologize For Transphobic Comments
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Jul. 31 2019, Updated 6:03 p.m. ET

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Mario Lopez finally apologized for making comments fans and fellow celebrities deemed transphobic — but RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned his team didn't really give him a choice!

"No one in his camp knew how they would be able to spin this and justify his remarks," a source told RadarOnline.com on July 31. "They told him to make a public apology, stat!"

According to the source, the soon-to-be Access Hollywood star knew he had to eat humble pie and issue the apology.

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"He is more than aware of how bad this could be for him," the source insisted.

In a statement to Us Weekly, the star, 45, said: “The comments I made were ignorant and insensitive, and I now have a deeper understanding of how hurtful they were. I have been and always will be an ardent supporter of the LGBTQ community, and I am going to use this opportunity to better educate myself. Moving forward I will be more informed and thoughtful.”

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As RadarOnline.com previously reported, the host claimed it was "dangerous" for parents to label their young children as transgender in a June interview.

“If you come from a place of love, you know, you really can’t go wrong. But at the same time, my God, if you’re 3 years old, and you’re saying you’re feeling a certain way or you think you’re a boy or girl whatever the case may be I just think it’s dangerous as a parent to make this determination then," the star said on the Candace Owens show.

Lopez was trashed on Twitter after a clip from the interview resurfaced this week.

"I’m disappointed to read @MarioLopezExtra comments about parents who support their child’s openness about their gender identity. As a social worker I am trained to identify abuse or neglect of a child. Healthy & safe dialogue w/ kids is neither abusive, neglectful or 'dangerous,'" Queer Eye star Karamo Brown wrote.

The scandal couldn't come at a worse time. Lopez takes over for fired Access Hollywood host Natalie Morales in September.

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