Australian comedian and actor, Josh Thomas, has publicly apologised for racist comments he made in relation to hiring actors from diverse backgrounds in a 2016 panel discussion.
In a note posted to Twitter, Thomas acknowledges that his comments were "really dumb, illogical [and] insensitive" and that he is now "committed to doing better".
He added, "When making Please Like Me, I always went into the casting room with it [authentic diversity in casting] as a top priority and then fell short, many times."
"The conversation about why the casting process in Australia is structured to keep out people who aren't white and straight, with symmetrical faces and no body fat percentage — is an important one to have, but the answers I offered in this clip are in no way constructive or correct."
The apology comes as footage of a "Writers Room" panel discussion — which took place at the Sydney Opera House and featured Celia Pacquola, Luke McGregor, Gretel Killeen and Dan Harmon — was uploaded to Twitter last night.
In it, Thomas makes reference to typecasting Indian actors in 7/11 worker roles, saying "Do you make them Indian or is that offensive? Or if you make them white, is that a bit, like, you're lying, really?"
He then goes on to claim that diversity casting is easier in the States because "finding an experienced actor that's not white is really hard."
Thomas' comments drew widespread criticism, with many noting both the irony and disturbing nature of the video.