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'Survivor: One World's' Colton Cumbie addresses his 'ignorant' comments

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Colton Cumbie has responded to criticism over his "ignorant" comments on "Survivor."

Over the last two weeks on "Survivor: One World," Manono leader Colton Cumbie has made his mark with viewers by delivering one jaw-dropping line after another. First he referred to the now-ousted Bill Posley as "ghetto trash" and recommended he kill himself. Then he referred to Leif Manson as an "Oompa Loompa" and "a little munchkin." And well, the less said about his country club quotes the better.

Now, after experiencing some well-deserved backlash from fans of the show, Colton is ready to explain himself.

"Were my comments ignorant? YES!" he wrote in the first of a series of tweets addressing his behavior. "They were meant to be funny..I see they weren’t. Do I regret them? I’m torn. In a way, yes b/c it hurt ppl."

But in a way, no. It seems Colton appreciates his own bad behavior for the life lesson it's led him to.

"... Seeing myself act that way on television helps me to grow as a person b/c it’s uncomfortable and embarrassing for ME to watch," he wrote. "It’s kind of one of those situations where you don’t really realize how you sound until it’s played back and you’re literally cringing."

Colton might be cringing now, but he's also defending himself.

"I seriously don’t hate anyone," he continued. "I make fun of MYSELF ..my sense of humor has always been kind sarcastic and somewhat critical. I call myself a 'queen' as a joke. Am I a bigot? I don’t think so. I think I was a 20 year old brat who had never been out into the real world, and what I thought was funny and OK wasn’t. I’ve learned I can still be funny and it doesn’t have to be at the expense of some1 else. *pageant wave*"

For those who noticed that Colton's Twitter comments didn't actually include an apology, as several of his Twitter followers pointed out, the country-club enthusiast added, "That was my way of saying 'I'm sorry.'"

See if Colton has anything else to explain when the next episode of "Survivor: One World" airs Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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