George Lucas Apologizes for Calling Disney ‘White Slavers’

George Lucas is really sorry about that time he referred to the Disney company as “white slavers” when talking about their $4 billion acquisition of LucasFilms and the Star Wars franchise.

Disney meanwhile is laughing all the way to the bank as The Force Awakens breaks all kinds of records.

During the interview in question with Charlie Rose, Lucas began to say, “I sold them to the white slavers that takes these things…” before laughing and cutting himself off from further damage.

Today (Dec. 31) Lucas clarified his comment in a statement and apologized for his terminology. You can read that in full below.

I want to clarify my interview on the Charlie Rose Show. It was for the Kennedy Center Honors and conducted prior to the premiere of the film. I misspoke and used a very inappropriate analogy and for that I apologize. I have been working with Disney for 40 years and chose them as the custodians of Star Wars because of my great respect for the company and Bob Iger’s leadership.

Disney is doing an incredible job of taking care of and expanding the franchise. I rarely go out with statements to clarify my feelings but I feel it is important to make it clear that I am thrilled that Disney has the franchise and is moving it in such exciting directions in film, television and the parks. Most of all I’m blown away with the record breaking blockbuster success of the new movie and am very proud of JJ and Kathy.

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