Steve Martin apologizes for "offensive" joke on Twitter

Steve Martin accepts honorary award during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on Nov. 16, 2013, in Hollywood, Calif.
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Steve Martin is apologizing for a joke gone wrong.

The 68-year-old actor asked his 4.5 million Twitter followers to submit their "grammar questions" on Friday -- and ended up getting some heat for one of his answers. According to the New York Daily News, when a follower asked: “Is this how you spell lasonia?” Martin responded, “It depends. Are you in an African-American neighborhood or at an Italian restaurant?”

Martin received criticism for his answer, and subsequently deleted the tweet, reports the Daily News. He has since said he’s sorry on Twitter: