Billy Crystal clarifies sex on TV remark

Billy Crystal speaks onstage during the 'The Comedians' panel discussion at the FX Networks portion of the Television Critics Association press tour at Langham Hotel on Jan. 18, 2015, in Pasadena, California.

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Billy Crystal raised some eyebrows with his remarks about the portrayal of sex on TV Sunday at the Television Critic's Association winter press tour.

Crystal, who was promoting his upcoming FX show "The Comedians," played one of the first openly gay characters on prime-time television over 30 years ago in "Soap." He was asked if playing a gay character was difficult for him at the time, as well as his thoughts on how television has progressed.

"I've seen some stuff recently on TV in different kinds of shows where the language or the explicit sex is really, you know, sometimes I get it, and sometimes I just feel like, 'Ah, that's too much for me.'... Sometimes it's just pushed a little too far for my tastes, and I'm not going to get into which ones they are," he said.

After a few outlets blasted Crystal for the remarks, the actor told The Hollywood Reporter his answer was taken out of context.

"What I meant was that whenever sex or graphic nudity of any kind (gay or straight) is gratuitous to the plot or story it becomes a little too much for my taste," he told THR in a statement.

Thanks for clearing that one up, Billy! "The Comedians," which stars Crystal as a veteran comic, will premiere April 9.