Lance Bass has penned on op-ed against usage of the word “tranny” less than a week after he used the word on national television.

While guest hosting Access Hollywood Live on Thursday morning, Bass suggested to guest Billy Eichner that he interview “trannies” for his new show Billy On The Street, a New York City-based man-on-the-street game show.

“You need to go to Christopher and Hudson and get those trannies on the corner there – that would be perfect,” Bass, 32, told Eichner.

“I love trannies,” Eichner started, then added: “We're not supposed to call them trannies anymore. Did you see that Neil Patrick Harris called them a tranny on Twitter?”

(Related: Neil Patrick Harris apologizes for transgender slur on Live! With Kelly.)

“Oh, no?” Bass said. “Great, now I'm going to get in trouble.”

Writing at The Huffington Post, Lance said he was sorry from “the bottom of my heart.”

“I'm sorry to anyone who was offended or hurt by my use of the word 'trannies' while appearing earlier this week on Access Hollywood Live,” he wrote.

“When I use the word 'tranny,” I am picturing Tim Curry's Frank-N-Furter character in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, or the wildly hilarious Eddie Izzard. I certainly don't think of Chaz Bono or someone questioning the body they were born into.”

Lance also chided the gay media in their reporting of the story.

“I am extremely disappointed with the gay media, which has chosen to turn this into a headline that will garner more attention for their websites and help sell more of their magazines and disregard the irresponsible effect they are having on our community.”

“Yesterday, The Advocate wrote, Lance Bass Uses Transgender Slur On Air. Regardless of the article that followed the headline, guess what the mainstream media will pick up and turn into the public's perception in the process? Lance Bass hates transgender people.”