Amid promoting his new film "Moneyball" and jet-setting around the globe for film festival appearances, Brad Pitt found the time to accidentally diss his ex-wife Jennifer Aniston last week -- and now he's trying to make up for it.
He spoke to "Today Show" host Matt Lauer Thursday morning about his remarks in Parade Magazine, which ignited controversy prior to the story's publication last week.
"My point was, the best thing I’ve done as a father is to ensure that my kids have a good mother. That’s all I was or am trying to say," Pitt said to Lauer. "It has no reference to the past and I think it’s a shame that I cant say something nice about Angie without Jen being drug in -- she doesn’t deserve it."
The "diss" in question appeared in Parade Magazine last week, when Pitt insinuated that his marriage to Aniston was ho hum.
"I was intent on trying to find a movie about an interesting life, but I wasn't living an interesting life myself. I think that my marriage had something to do with it," he told the magazine. "[I was] trying to pretend the marriage was something that it wasn't."
But before the magazine even hit newsstands, Pitt released a statement saying his words were taken out of context.
“It grieves me that this was interpreted this way," he said in the statement. "Jen is an incredibly giving, loving, and hilarious woman who remains my friend. It is an important relationship I value greatly. The point I was trying to make is not that Jen was dull, but that I was becoming dull to myself – and that, I am responsible for.”
Lauer questioned Pitt's choice to release the statement preemptively, to which Pitt replied: "I don’t want them saying anything bad like that about Jen. She’s a dear friend of mine."