"My comments were made in innocence," Bell Tweeted on Thursday

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Former Nickelodeon star Drake Bell has apologized for comments he made Monday following the release of Caitlyn Jenner‘s cover of Vanity Fair.

“I sincerely apologize for my thoughtless insensitive remarks. I in no way meant to hurt or demean those going through a similar journey,” Bell Tweeted Thursday.

In his defense, Bell, 28, added that his “comments were made in innocence. I deeply regret the negative effect they’ve had on so many.”

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“Sorry still calling you Bruce,” read the actor’s now deleted Tweet from Monday, in defiance of VF‘s cover which read “Call Me Caitlyn.” When he came under fire, he told people to “Chill out!”

“I’m not dissing him! I just don’t want to forget his legacy! He is the greatest athlete of all time,” he added.

Referring to a transgender person by their chosen name is a sign of respect – “[Caitlyn] has changed [her name], and should be according the same respect received by anyone who has changed their name,” writes GLAAD.