Jon Hamm says his statement about celebrity stupidity was "nothing personal" against Kim Kardashian.
The Mad Men actor blasted the culture of celebrity in Hollywood, saying it celebrated idiocy and name-checked Kardashian and Paris Hilton as he did so.
It caused Kim to retort he should not be so careless with his words.
But Hamm has claimed he did not mean it as a direct attach on the 31-year-old.
He told E! News: "It's surprising to me that it has become remotely a story.
"I don't know Ms Kardashian, I know her public persona. What I said was meant to be more on pervasiveness of something in our culture, not personal, but she took offence to it and that is her right."
After the outburst, Kardashian - who runs her own business in addition to modelling and
appearing in various TV shows - claimed she had respect for the actor but told him
he should think more about what he says.
She said: "I respect Jon and I am a firm believer that everyone is entitled to
their own opinion and that not everyone takes the same path in life.
"Calling someone who runs their own businesses, is part of a successful TV show,
produces, writes, designs and creates 'stupid,' is in my opinion careless."
- BANG! Showbiz