Jon Hamm. (Chris Pizzello/AP)

It all began when part of an interview the “Mad Men” actor gave to Elle U.K. was excerpted by the Daily Mail: “Whether it’s Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian or whoever, stupid is certainly celebrated. ... Being [an expletive] idiot is a valuable commodity in this culture because you’re rewarded significantly.”

The quote found its way to Kardashian, who responded via Twitter, saying that she respected Hamm and his right to have an opinion. But ... “We’re all working hard and we all have to respect one another. Calling someone who runs their own businesses, is a part of a successful TV show, produces, writes, designs, and creates, ‘stupid,’ is in my opinion careless.”

Now Hamm has clarified that he didn’t mean to personally offend Kardashian. He’s just not a fan of the culture she represents.

“It’s surprising to me that it has become remotely a story,” Hamm told E! News. “I don’t know Ms. Kardashian, I know her public persona. ... What I said was meant to be more on pervasiveness of something in our culture, not personal, but she took offense to it and that is her right.”

He added to Access Hollywood that, while he stands by the quote, he thinks it was taken out of context: “My quote was simply about that version of television and that version of American culture being celebrated and it’s not something that I particularly enjoy.”

Kardashian, for her part, has moved on from Hamm’s comments, opting instead to use her Twitter to send apostrophe free inspirational messages and risque photos. How can Hamm not enjoy this delightful side of our culture?