During the interview, Ross said he doesn't sign female artists because, "I always thought that I would end up f-cking the female rapper and f-cking the business up."
That statement didn't win him much support online, so he took to Facebook Thursday to address the controversy.
"I want to address an insensitive comment I made on a very sensitive issue, especially in a minority dominated industry like hip hop. My entire empire's backbone is led by 2 of the strongest people I know and they happen to be women, my mother and sister. The operations wouldn't run without them and I have the highest regard and respect for women in this industry. I have a daughter myself, my most cherished gift in the world.
My comment is not reflection of my beliefs on the issue. A mistake I regret. I hope to use my mistake, my platform and the community to create positive discussion to implement change on a very important issue. respect for the ones who stand up to say hey that isn't right. Now it's time to accept responsibility and all do better.
I look forward to continue working with & supporting female artists. my discovery process was documented by vh1 on #signed which premiered last night. Many of the most talented artists you'll see in the running to be the next #MMG superstars are female artists. I look forward to clarifying my comments through my support.
Thank you to everyone who's going through the journey with me, we coming out everyday stronger.
The subject of signing female rappers came up because Ross was promoting his new VH1 reality series "Signed," on which begins the hunt for talented unknown hip-hop artists when it premieres Wednesday night. The trailer shows there will be female contestants. If Ross doesn't want them, at least Roc Nation and Radio Killer Records are also involved.
Ross's history with women took a few hits back in 2013 after he released his song, "U.O.E.N.O", which endorsed date rape with the line, "Put Molly all in her champagne/she ain’t even know it/I took her home and I enjoyed that/she ain't even know it."