Spike Lee recently used Woody Allen to make a point about “cancel culture.” After a backlash ensued, Lee has now offered an apology over what he said.

The incident happened during an interview Lee had with New York City’s 710 WOR’s “In the Morning” program.

“I’d just like to say Woody Allen is a great, great filmmaker and his cancel thing is not just Woody,” said Lee. “And I think when we look back on it we are going to see that—short of killing somebody—I don’t know that you can just erase somebody like they never existed.”

During the interview, Lee referred to Allen as “a fellow Knick fan,” and “a friend of mine,” and added, “So I know he’s going through it right now.”

The reason Allen was deemed “canceled” is because of Dylan Farrow, his estranged daughter. She has long alleged that he sexually assaulted her when she was 7 years old. She is now 34.

Allen has consistently denied the allegation and has not been charged.