Funnyman Dane Cook has apologised for making a joke about the deadly Colorado cinema massacre, admitting he made a "bad judgement call".
The Good Luck Chuck star found himself under fire from members of the public after he made light of the Aurora shooting during a stand-up gig at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles on Thursday (26Jul12).
Twelve film fans lost their lives on 20 July (12) when suspect James Holmes allegedly stormed into a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises and opened fire, injuring 58 others.
Poking fun at the incident, Cook told the Laugh Factory audience, "So I heard that the guy came into the theatre about 25 minutes into the movie... And I don't know if you've seen the movie, but the movie is pretty much a piece of c**p... I know that if none of that would have happened, pretty sure that somebody in that theatre, about 25 minutes in, realising it was a piece of c**p, was probably like, 'Ugh, f**king shoot me.'"
Video footage of the ill-advised material was posted online soon after the show, prompting disgusted fans to attack Cook via Twitter.com.
Now the actor has responded to the criticism and said sorry for his actions, accepting that he was in the wrong.
In a series of Twitter.com posts on Friday (27Jul12), he wrote, "I am devastated by the recent tragedy in Colorado & did not mean to make light of what happened.
"I made a bad judgment call with my material last night & regret making a joke at such a sensitive time. My heart goes out to all of the families & friends of the victims."