Kirk Cameron launched a heated debate after he made controversial anti-gay comments on Piers Morgan Tonight earlier this month. On the Today show this morning, Kirk explained that he was "surprised" by the reaction to his comments and explained that what he said was not "hate speech."
Kirk was on Today to promote his new documentary, Monumental, but first addressed the controversy with Ann Curry.
He wanted to be clear that his reference to homosexuality being unnatural does not mean he hates gay people.
"Absolutely not," Kirk said. "I love all people, I hate no one. … When you take a subject and reduce it to something like a four-second soundbite and a check mark on a ballot, I think that that's inappropriate and insensitive… To edit it down to that, it certainly didn't reflect my full heart on the matter."
And the former Growing Pains actor says he's been consistent with his beliefs, so people shouldn't have been so shocked.
"I was surprised, frankly, that people were surprised by the things that I've said," he explained. "I have been consistent for 15 years as a Christian. I'm a Bible-believing Christian. What I would have thought was more newsworthy is if I had said something that contradicted the word of God, if I had contradicted my faith."
Hoda Kotb asked Kirk a good question later on the show. If he could do it again, would he say it the exact same way?"
Kirk said he would have "reframed the question" and also explained that he loves everybody and hates no one.
Watch a clip of Kirk's interview on Today, below.