The Summer House star said causing offense was "not my intention, and I recognize what I said was wrong"

By Jen Juneau
January 19, 2021 12:59 PM
Paige DeSorbo; Rege-Jean Page
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Paige DeSorbo is apologizing after praising Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page's perceived "light-skinned" appearance while discussing her hopes for him to be cast as the next James Bond.

During Sunday's episode of her Giggly Squad podcast, the Summer House star began by addressing the fact that on the previous week's episode, she had "described an actor's skin tone when describing his appearance, and I realize now how that could be offensive."

"I wanted to take time to sincerely apologize to anyone that I may have offended," said DeSorbo, 28. "It was not my intention, and I recognize what I said was wrong. I am completely committed to learning and growing, so I just wanted to take time today and sincerely apologize for my words from last week. I'm very sorry."

DeSorbo and her co-host, Summer House's Hannah Berner, had been discussing the wildly popular Netflix period piece on the Jan. 10 episode of their podcast when DeSorbo said 30-year-old Page, who plays the Duke of Hastings, is her choice for "the next James Bond."

"Because … he's real British, he's light-skinned," she said, in part.

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On Sunday's episode, Berner, 29, also apologized for being complicit when it came to DeSorbo's remarks.

"Because we are the Giggly Squad and we are a team, I also want to apologize for not saying anything in the moment," said the Bravo star. "But as the Giggly Squad, we own our s--- and we are committed to continue to learn — also to un-learn — and to continue to grow."

Berner added that in her and DeSorbo's "journey to educate ourselves," they "discovered this amazing documentary called Dark Girls by Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry."

"It's beautifully made and we can't just recommend it enough, especially if you want to further educate yourself," she said.

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In a recent chat with PEOPLE, Julia Quinn, who wrote the Bridgerton book series, touched on the importance of Shonda Rhimes' Netflix adaptation featuring a diverse cast.

While Quinn didn't incorporate characters of color into her books, she said she was excited to see the show creators commit to "color-conscious casting."

"I'm Jewish and when I would read a book and one of the characters would be Jewish, I'd be like, 'Oh, that's me.' And it was very powerful," she said. "And so now I feel like I'm able to start to extrapolate that and be like, 'You know what, everybody needs that.'"

Quinn also told PEOPLE that getting the series made felt like an "incredible fairy tale." "It's just like a Cinderella story. My one option didn't just get made — it got made by Shondaland."