Damon Wayans Jr. apologizes to LGBTQ community for 'immature and hurtful tweets'

Damon Wayans Jr. is learning from his past mistakes.

The "New Girl" actor serves as executive producer for a show, "Glamorous" for which The CW has ordered a pilot, according to Deadline and TVLine.

" 'Glamorous' centers on a gender non-conforming recent high school graduate who lands the gig of a lifetime interning at a cosmetics company whose products he panned on YouTube," reports Deadline.

Wayans Jr.'s new gig comes with controversy, which the star is taking responsibility for, as tweets from years ago have come to light. In screenshots of tweets shared by Out from 2010 and 2016, Wayans Jr. used a derogatory word for transgender people. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, he also crafted tweets with "no homo" or "#NoHomo," according to the LGBTQ magazine.

"When I was a young comic trying to find my voice, I made some immature and hurtful tweets that I deeply regret at the expense of the LGBTQ community," Wayans Jr., 36, said in a statement issued to Deadline and Out. "When I tweeted those comments, almost 10 years ago, I was unaware of the emotional impact they could have.

"I am not excusing that behavior but that is not who I am today. Society evolved and so have I and it is something I will continue to do both personally and professionally," his statement continued. "Continued learning, acceptance and thoughtful words are all important actions that will help make society a kinder and safer place for all people. You know better, you do better."

"When 'Glamourous' was pitched to us I thought it was brilliant, heartwarming and important," he added. "We will continue to be committed to pursuing protagonists who don’t traditionally get to be at the center of a show and bringing their stories to the screen.”

USA TODAY has reached out to Wayans Jr.'s rep for comment.

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