CNN anchor Don Lemon has come to the defense of Carson Daly, saying everyone needs to be able to take a joke.

Daly created a firestorm of protest last week when he made a joke on his radio show about JetBlue Airways pilot Captain Clayton Osbon, who was wrestled to the ground by passengers as the airplane made an emergency landing.

“On this particular flight, most of the people were on their way to some sort of security conference in Las Vegas,” Daly said. “So it was a bunch of dudes, and well-trained dudes.”

“If that were me … with my luck, it would be like, 'This is a flight going to the [Gay] Pride parade in San Francisco.'”

“Uh, we're headed down to Vegas for the floral convention,” he added with an effeminate voice and a laugh.

Daly later apologized for the joke, saying he was a “proud” ally of the gay community.

Appearing on SiriusXM's The Six Pack, Lemon, who came out gay about this time last year, said everyone needed to get a sense of humor.

“I think we should stop apologizing about every single thing. Aren't we about freedom of speech?” Lemon said on the radio program. “Listen, can we just have a sense of humor here? Can we get the PC police and stop it, because if you really want to be, as they say, 'tolerant' or accepted, then you have to be able to take a joke. Because the larger culture takes a joke. White men take jokes about them …. or when people make jokes about black people, you don't always go, 'Oh, my gosh, it's so offensive!'”