Out actor Tuc Watkins this week walked back comments he made about gay characters on the ABC hit sitcom Modern Family.

Watkins (Desperate Housewives, One Life To Live) criticized the show, saying its gay characters don't “feel modern at all” and describing them as the “gay equivalent of 'blackface.'”

“Sure, people come in all shapes, sizes, etc.,” Watkins wrote on Facebook. “So why are we fed such 80s stereotypes every week?”

Eric Stonestreet and out actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson play a married couple raising a daughter on the sitcom.

“Sorry you feel that way Tuc,” Ferguson responded. “I know lots of guys who are just like Cam and lots of guys who are just like Mitch. We can't be expected to represent every gay person. We can only represent these two people.”

Ferguson added that he was “incredibly proud” of the show and his character.

Watkins took back his “blackface” comment in a lengthy Facebook post, but not much else.

“On December 19 I cried, 'Blackface!' I did it in a fit of exasperation over a stereotype that shook me when I was a kid that I saw alive and well today.”

“Stereotypes create judgements. When those judgements lead to bullying...or worse...we've got a problem. I don't hear a lot of bullying around the 'cranky old man,' 'neurotic wife,' or 'bumbling husband' demographic.”

“What's happening over at Modern Family is not blackface. Blackface is hateful. However, I do believe a stereotype is being perpetuated that can be harmful.”

Such stereotypes, he added, kept him in the closet: “Actually it was worse than that because I hit the denial button before I'd even heard of 'the closet.'”

“Through the gay characters that I have played I have attempted to confuse the stereotype instead of perpetuate it. Bully for me,” he added.

He concluded his post by inviting others to share their opinions on the subject.