British actor, Benedict Cumberbatch recently addressed black people as 'colored' on Tavis Smiley's show.

"I think as far as colored actors go it gets really different in the U.K., and a lot of my friends have had more opportunities here [in the U.S.] than in the U.K., and that's something that needs to change," - He said.

The 'Sherlock' star used the term when he was askedabout black British actors Chiwetel Ejiofor and David Oyelewo achieving success with 12 Years a Slave and Selma, respectively.

His statement however sparked outrage on twitter.

Following the social media outrage, the 38-year-old actor has released a statement toPeople.

"I'm devastated to have caused offense by using this outmoded terminology. I offer my sincere apologies. I make no excuse for my being an idiot and know the damage is done.

I can only hope this incident will highlight the need for correct usage of terminology that is accurate and inoffensive. The most shaming aspect of this for me is that I was talking about racial inequality in the performing arts in the U.K. and the need for rapid improvements in our industry when I used the term." He continues, "I feel the complete fool I am and while I am sorry to have offended people and to learn from my mistakes in such a public manner please be assured I have.

I apologize again to anyone who I offended for this thoughtless use of inappropriate language about an issue which affects friends of mine and which I care about deeply."

Source: People