Comedian Katt Williams has apologized for remarks he made to a Hispanic audience member during his stand-up show in Phoenix, AZ last weekend.

In a statement released Wednesday, the comedian said, "My remarks were not meant to be offensive. I want to apologize if my comedy act was taken out of context. I sincerely appreciate my fans within the Mexican community and would never intentionally go out of my way to offend them.”

Williams went into a rant against Mexicans living in the United States after being heckled during a performance at a Phoenix comedy club August 20th, saying, "(People) think they can live in this country and pledge allegiance to another country...So if you love Mexico, b*tch, get the (blank) over there!"

Williams' comments prompted a firestorm of protests from fans and members of the Latin-American community.