Steve Martin apologised for a racist joke he tweeted on Friday night.
The comedian was fielding lighthearted questions from his Twitter followers about word usage, when someone asked: ‘Is this how you spell Lasonia (pasta)?’
Martin replied: ‘It depends. Are you in an African-American restaurant or at an Italian restaurant?’
A follower quickly called him on the racist nature of the tweet.
Sorry about that. RT @illmami: I'm not totally offended but I don't want to be the one saying it. It was witty. But nawl. Not today.
— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) December 21, 2013
Martin replied to the user with a simple and succint ‘I’m sorry’ and swiftly removed the offending post.