LOS ANGELES — George Lucas has apologized for an “inappropriate analogy” he made on the Charlie Rose Show, where the Star Wars creator offhandedly suggested that he had sold the franchise to “white slavers.”

The interview, taped in November and aired on Christmas, contains a passage where Lucas wears his emotions on his sleeve about letting go of the Star Wars franchise, which he sold to Disney for $4 billion. He admits that he’s always been protective of the characters, which he called his “kids.”

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“I sold them to the white slavers who takes these things and… ” Lucas said, before trailing off and laughing. It wasn’t entirely clear what Lucas meant, and Rose did not ask him to expand on that thought. Read more…

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