"I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump," Depp said in a statement to People on Friday. "It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone."
Depp stirred up public outrage in wake of cracking an assassination joke about the president during an appearance at the Glastonbury Festival in the United Kingdom on Thursday.
"Can we bring Trump here? I think he needs help,” Depp told the audience. "This is going to be in the press, and it’ll be horrible, but I like that you’re all a part of it."
“When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?" he asked, seemingly referring to John Wilkes Booth shooting President Abraham Lincoln in 1865. "I want to clarify, I'm not an actor. I lie for a living."
Depp received a lot of backlash on social media and from White House officials the following morning.
"President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and its sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead," an administration spokesperson said in a statement, shared on Twitter by ABC News White House correspondent Katherine Faulders. "I hope that some of Mr. Depp’s colleagues will speak out against this type of rhetoric as strongly as they would if his comments were directed to a democrat elected official."
Kellyanne Conway also chimed in saying, “the joke is no laughing matter. These things are real.”
She continued to tell The Washington Post that Depp is a “nut job” whose statement was “not a slip of the tongue,” because he was intentionally attempting to spread “vile” ideas that could “easily inflame antics who wish to bring harm.”