In a statement obtained by Variety, US actor Matt Damon apologised for causing offense about his views on diversity in filmmaking.
Damon noted that he was glad that the episode and his debate with fellow Project Greenlight producer Effie Brown (Dear White People, But I'm a Cheerleader) could promote discussion about diversity in the industry.
Damon had interrupted Brown talking about the importance of diverse hiring practices, saying "We're talking about diversity, you do that in the casting of the film not in the casting of the show."
Damon's apology statement reads:
"I believe deeply that there need to be more diverse filmmakers making movies. I love making movies. It's what I have chosen to do with my life and I want every young person watching 'Project Greenlight' to believe that filmmaking is a viable form of creative expression for them too.
My comments were part of a much broader conversation about diversity in Hollywood and the fundamental nature of 'Project Greenlight' which did not make the show. I am sorry that they offended some people, but, at the very least, I am happy that they started a conversation about diversity in Hollywood. That is an ongoing conversation that we all should be having."
But many have taken to social media to say the apology shows Damon still doesn't understand the issue.