Ryan said in an interview set to air on the "O'Reilly Factor" on Fox News Tuesday night that he spoke to Lee and she knows him better than that.
“She does not believe that I have these views," the potential 2016 presidential candidate said, according to advance remarks from the interview. "She knows me well and she knows that I don’t have a racist bone in my body.”
Ryan added that Lee didn't apologize to him but said he's not mad at her.
"I’m a big boy," Ryan said. "I understand that if you challenge the status quo, that if you get into these issues, sometimes you will be misinterpreted. But also I really believe that we have to have a real conversation about how to fix these things without throwing these charges at people.”