Jon Hamm to Kim Kardashian: My 'Stupid' Remark 'Not Personal'

03/14/2012 at 12:05 PM EDT

Jon Hamm to Kim Kardashian: 'Stupid' Remark 'Not Personal'
Jon Hamm and Kim Kardashian
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This week's war of words between Jon Hamm and Kim Kardashian has reached a ceasefire, at least for the time being.

"It's surprising to me that it has become remotely a story," the Mad Man star, 41, told E! News about his unflattering quotes to ELLE UK about the reality star, whom he labeled "stupid."

"I don't know Ms. Kardashian," Hamm continued. "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."

As E! notes, this sounds more like an amplification rather than an apology.

Speaking to the British fashion magazine, Hamm also expressed his view on Paris Hilton. He called both women "f---ing idiots."

When Hamm's quotes hit American shores, Kardashian, 31, Tweeted that although she can "respect" the actor's right to his opinion, "Not everyone takes the same path in life."

"We're all working hard and we all have to respect one another," she went on to say. "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."

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