updated 03/14/2012 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 03/14/2012 AT 12:05 PM ET
“It’s surprising to me that it has become remotely a story,” the Mad Man star, 41, told E! News about his unflattering quotes to ELLE UK about the reality star, whom he labeled “stupid.”
“I don’t know Ms. Kardashian,” Hamm continued. “I know her public persona. What I said was meant to be more on pervasiveness of something in our culture, not personal, but she took offense to it, and that is her right.”
As E! notes, this sounds more like an amplification rather than an apology.