The Academy Apologizes for Any Offensive Aspect of the Oscars Telecast

Members asked the Academy to address its portrayal of Asians in the show.

— -- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences apologized today for "any aspect of the Oscar telecast" that may have been offensive.

After last month's Oscars ceremony, more than two dozen entertainment professionals complained in a letter to the Academy about jokes made at the expense of Asian children.

Today, an Academy representative responded in a statement.

"The Academy appreciates the concerns stated, and regrets that any aspect of the Oscar telecast was offensive," the statement reads. "We are committed to doing our best to ensure that material in future shows be more culturally sensitive."

In the letter to Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs and the Board of Governors, the undersigned also asked for a "concrete" plan to ensure that the show is more racially sensitive in the future.