Benedict Cumberbatch is both very sorry and very embarrassed.
Last week, the Oscar-nominated star was discussing the state of African-American actors in Great Britain with Tavis Smiley when he remarked:
"As far as colored actors go, it gets really difficult in the U.K.." referring to the success of those such as Chiwetel Ejiofor and David Oyelowo in 12 Years a Slave and Selma, respectively.
While Cumberbatch may have had his heart in the right place, he was subsequently criticized for using such an outdated term, prompting an apology from the man behind Sherlock.
"I'm devastated to have caused offense by using this outmoded terminology," he said. "I make no excuse for my being an idiot and know the damage is done. I can only hope this incident will highlight the need for correct usage of terminology that is accurate and inoffensive."
The Imitation Game star concluded:
"The most shaming aspect of this for me is that I was talking about racial inequality in the performing arts in the U.K. and the need for rapid improvements in our industry when I used the term."
What do you think, fans? Should all be forgiven now?