Brad Pitt
landed himself in a heap of trouble over a quote about ex-wife Jennifer Aniston -- and this morning, he cleared the air on "Today."

"I don't know what was pieced together or put together," Pitt says of an interview with Parade where he said he wasn't "living an interesting life" and his marriage to Aniston had something to do with it.

"All I know is that my point was, the best thing I'd done as a father is be sure that my kids have a good mother," Pitt told Matt Lauer today. "That's all I was, or am, trying to say. It has no reference to the past. And I think it's a shame that I can't say something nice about Angie without Jen being drug in. You know, she doesn't deserve it."

Pitt continued to lay on the compliments for Jen, adding that "She's good people" and "She's a dear friend of mine ... a valuable person."

The lesson he's taken away from this all: "Don't talk."

Good luck with that one, Brad.

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