UFC President Dana White not only reiterated his apology to the gay community during a taped appearance that will air on the syndicated CBS Radio show “The MMAsh,” but also confirmed he will be taking on a reduced media presence as a result of this week’s controversy.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com obtained the audio courtesy of “The MMAsh” before it is set to air tonight from 9-10 p.m. PT (check local listings).
“… I offended and hurt some people (that) I didn’t meant to offend and hurt,” said a contrite White. “An apology was in order so I apologize, and I meant it. I have no ill will whatsoever towards anyone in the gay community.”
During the 30-plus segment, White also revealed that as a result of this week’s controversy, his YouTube video blogs leading up to major UFC events have been discontinued and that plans to do a reality television show have been scuttled.
“Not only have I not changed my mind about (not doing) the video blogs, I had a reality show too called American Promoter,” began White. “We had a done deal to do it and now I’m not going to do that either.”
White expressed that having cameras on him constantly just isn’t a good idea.
“It’s too much, man,” he began. “It’s way too much. You see the video blog. It follows me all day (and) all night. We actually shot the pilot for American Promoter. We already shot that. That’s worse than the blog. They’ve got a full camera crew; boom guy; (and) a couple producers surrounding me all day and all night. This incident that happened, it’s just, I’m like ‘no way, it’s too much.’… I’m going to be me. Me being me, I’m going to be me and I just don’t need that 24/7.”
While the reality television show is off, White didn’t rule out resuming filming of video blogs in the future.
The White interview will be available in its entirety starting at 9 p.m. PT/12 midnight ET on CBS Radio affiliates around the country. You will also be able to listen live by clicking here.