After being called out by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) last week, dance judge Nigel Lythgoe says he's sorry for remarks labeled homophobic by the group.

Lythgoe, a judge and executive producer on FOX's dance reality competition show So You Think You Can Dance, riled the watchdog group with remarks he made during the show's premiere episode.

He told gay dancer Misha Belfer and his straight partner Mitchel Kibel, “It was a bit like watching ... Blades of Glory,” after their performance. A reference to the camp comedy movie staring Will Ferrell as a skating underdog.

“I think you probably alienate a lot of our audience,” he added. “I mean, we've always had the guys dance together on the show, but I've – they've never really done it in each other's arms before.”

“Do you know what?” he continued. “I'd like to see you both dancing with a girl.”

Lythgoe later Twitted, “I'm not a fan of 'Brokeback' Ballroom.”

“It's unacceptable for this kind of blatant homophobia to occur,” GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano said in a statement. “Fox Entertainment and Nigel Lythgoe owe Misha, Mitchel and the whole LGBT community an apology.”

In a statement released by the alliance over the weekend, Lythgoe apologized for his remarks.

“I sincerely regret the fact that I have upset people with the poor word choices and comments I made both during the taping of the So You Think You Can Dance audition and on my personal status update.”

“I am not homophobic and it was extremely upsetting for me to be classed as such,” Lythgoe added.

“Professionally and personally, I believe the sexual orientation of an auditioner or contestant is irrelevant. All that said, the fact that I have unintentionally upset people is distressing to me and it is obvious I have made mistakes that I must learn from.”

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