The Father of The Bride star came under fire Saturday after one his 4.5 million Twitter followers asked him "Is this how you spell lasonia?" and he gave racially-charged answer.
“It depends. Are you in an African-American neighborhood or at an Italian restaurant?”
While the 68-year-old comedian deleted the tweet soon after it went live it was already too late for the backlash.
"Are you going to act like that tweet doesn't exist @SteveMartinToGo ? We all saw it. Very disappointing," wrote Twitter user @JustCindeh.
"Look @stevemartintogo The deletion shows that you realized that tweet was racist and wrong. So now you finish the fix by apologizing," tweeted @amaditalks.
"@SteveMartinToGo You are a classy man, sir. Gracious. I think you meant no harm, but are sensitive to the feelings of others. Have a cookie," wrote @BeccaPiano.
In turn Martin responded to several of the comments.
"I did apologize. But again, a second later I realized what an offensive thing I'd done. Deep bow," he wrote to @JustCindeh.
"My tweet was highly inappropriate," he added. "Sadly, there is a misquoted version around with the implications you write about."