Steve Harvey said he was only joking when he made comments on his morning radio show asking a caller from Flint, Mich. "When the last time you touched water and it didn't have lead in it?"
"The caller and I were talking trash about our teams and cities," a statement from the comic reads.
"I made a joke directed at him, as he is from Flint, a city for which I have great affection and respect. So much so that I devoted a full hour on my daytime talk show to raising awareness for the Flint water crisis."
Harvey's comments left some people affected by the water crisis upset he made light of their struggles.
In 2016, the host devoted an hour of his nationally-syndicated TV talk show to discuss the issue.
"The and the caller laughed as my joke was taken in the context it was offered," Harvey contested.
"Any attempts to craft this into anything more serves no one."