Bryan Cranston may be playing Zordon in the upcoming Power Rangers reboot, but one of the original rangers isn't the biggest fan of the casting!
That's because the Breaking Bad alum once allegedly made a homophobic comment about actor David Yost's portrayal as the OG blue ranger in the Might Morphin' Power Rangers TV series!
In a 2009 interview with IGN, the Emmy-winner referred to Yost's character Billy Cranston mockingly as "the fey one" (which means "effeminate") when joking that the blue ranger was named after him.
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Yost, who publicly came out as gay in 2010, told NBC Out on Friday that he was "really hurt" by Cranston's comments.
While expressing mixed feelings about the actor's casting in the upcoming big screen reboot, he said:
"When I read that interview, which took place about a year before I came out publicly, it really hurt me. In his mind, he probably thinks he was being funny, but that's the kind of thing that's not funny, and that's the kind of thing I would hear while I was working on set. And when you hear stuff like that enough times, it gets to you."
The actor previously admitted that he left the show after continuously being harassed over his sexuality, so we can understand why he was hurt by Cranston's comment.
When this was brought to the 60-year-old's attention, he immediately apologized — confessing he had no memory of making the disrespectful remarks.
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In a statement released by his publicist, he responded:
"To be honest, I don't remember saying that. But I accept that I may have as Mr. Yost suggests, in an attempt at humor. To hear that my impulsive comment hurt someone's feelings, makes me contrite. I accept responsibility for the thoughtless remark and apologize to Mr. Yost and anyone else who may have been offended."
We're glad even though he doesn't remember, he took full responsibility for his words.
After all, Zordon shouldn't be disrespecting ANY of his rangers — past or present!
[Image via ABC/Ivan Nikolov/WENN.]
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