COPY-San Francisco man faces fallout from 'Wife Swap'

Associated Press - February 20, 2009 9:14 PM ET

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - It's safe to say Stephen Fowler probably wishes he never appeared on "Wife Swap."

Fowler's has become famous in the worst way after a stint last month on the ABC reality show. In the episode, he called a rural Missouri woman spending two weeks in his San Francisco home stupid and simple.

His performance has inspired a Web site and Facebook group.

What has generated such wrath is Fowler's condescending treatment of Gayla Long. The mother of 4 is from Randolph, Mo., in the Kansas City-area. In wince-producing remarks, Fowler wrote off middle America with such pronouncements as "Your two languages seem to be bad English and redneck."

Fowler has apologized in a statement posted on his wife's blog for behaving "like a complete jerk." He says he has resigned from the boards of 2 nonprofit corporations for reflecting badly on the organizations.

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