Darren Criss took some time out from singing this week to issue an apology, after offending at least one theatergoer with a wisecrack about Caitlyn Jenner.
Former “Glee” star Criss, who’s currently winding up his starring run in the Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, issued an apology to former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner, who announced that she’s transitioning into a woman earlier this year.
“I want to sincerely apologize to Caitlyn Jenner, all transgender people, and anyone who was offended for my words on stage during Tuesday evening’s performance,” Criss wrote in a Facebook post late Thursday. “In no way do the remarks reflect my personal belief system or my support for transgender people. However, I do realize the severity of the comment and the weight that words can carry and for that, I take full responsibility.”
According to Twitter user Marc Lacognata, Criss uttered the line “man, woman, moman, wan, Bruce Jenner, whatever you are.”
Lacognata deemed the line “very distasteful.”
Criss continued his mea culpa with words of support for Jenner.
“I commend Caitlyn on her strength and for spreading acceptance around the globe. I have been and remain a proud and unwavering ally of the LGBTQIA community, and will continue to walk alongside my friends on the road to full equality and acceptance,” Criss wrote.
“Best Man Holiday” star Taye Diggs is scheduled to take over the roel of Hedwig from Criss for a 12-week engagement beginning July 22.