updated 12/10/2013 AT 3:00 PM ET
•originally published 12/10/2013 AT 4:30 PM ET
Brandi Glanville offered an apology of sorts for what some have called racist remarks she made to fellow Housewife Joyce Giraud on a Palm Springs road trip captured on Monday’s episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
“It was definitely not sensitive and I apologize to anyone I offended,” Glanville, 40, said by phone. “My friends and I joke with each other this way and they are from all different backgrounds so, I’m sorry. I guess TV is not ready for the real Brandi, but should I censor myself?”
Glanville shocked her fellow Housewives as they sunned together after Giraud said she could not swim.
“You’re a black person,” Glanville said. “It was a joke and my black friends would have laughed crazy because they don’t go into the pool because they will [mess up] their weaves … All my black friends can’t swim.”
Giraud, 38, who is a former Miss Puerto Rico, shot back: “Yes, I’m black. What’s your problem? Puerto Ricans are black, they’re Indian and they’re Spanish, so I am a mix of three cultures, and I am very proud to represent all three.”
Glanville’s remarks drew scorn on Twitter where The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kenya Moore called her out: “Not all black women wear hair weaves, half the women on Beverly Hills Housewives are wearing some fake hair. Brandi could not be more ignorant.”
But Glanville had this to say when Cohan asked if she thought her comments were racist: “I’m the least racist person of all time. The more you defend it, the more you look guilty so I don’t really have to say that much more. I am very sorry to whomever … I offended.”