Kelly Dodd is taking a page from Doctor Phil's book and backtracking on her controversial coronavirus comments.
The “Real Housewives of Orange County” star got into some hot water after saying COVID-19 is “God’s way of thinning the herd.”
The 44-year-old made the comment after she was criticized for flying from New York to California upon sharing a photo inside an airplane.
“If non-essential workers keep traveling back and forth like you, it will last longer,” a person wrote on her Instagram.
“If it’s dangerous why are the airlines still flying?” Dodd responded “You think I want to fly? I had to get back, how is that elitist? People are so judgemental it’s sick!”
The mother of one didn’t stop there and unloaded her controversial words to another user.
“Do you know how many people died from the H1N1, the swine flu or SARS?” Dodd added. “It’s 25% get your facts straight you are only hearing numbers not the reality! It’s God’s way of thinning the herd! If you are vulnerable or compromised stay inside. If you don’t protect others by wearing masks and gloves keep your distance and don’t go out if you are ill!! It’s common sense!”
After catching a ton of online backlash, Dodd took down the comments and issued an apology, reported E!
"When I wrote that it was God's way of thinning the herd, that's not what I meant," Kelly said in a video posted to her Instagram Stories. "What I meant was, do these pandemics happen because it's God way? I'm not God. I'm not insensitive."
She continued, "I feel bad for all of the families who have lost loved ones. I do think we should all stay home and protect everybody. That's not what I meant, and I want to apologize to anyone who got offended. I'm sorry."
The Bravo star also elaborated on her “stupid” choice of words.
“So for anybody who felt offended by my stupid writing of God thinning the herd, I don’t — I’m just asking a question. Is it it God’s way of thinning the herd? I don’t know,” she said.
“I just feel bad and my choice of words were stupid and I hope you guys can all forgive me for saying something so ridiculous and so stupid. So again, please accept my apology, and I feel bad for everybody out there that has lost loved ones, and I hope everybody’s safe and protects themselves from this pandemic.”
Upon returning to California, Dodd documented getting a coronavirus test and later disclosed the results came back negative.
Last week, both Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz issued apologies after being called out for their coronavirus comments.