Posted on June 15, 2022 at 7:46 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Bestselling author James Patterson has apologized for statements he made about race in an interview published last weekend.

Patterson had told the Sunday Times that older white writers face difficulty finding work in film, theater, television and publishing and described it as a "form of racism."

But, the New York Times reports, the author — one of the most commercially successful authors of the past few decades — apologized for and walked back those comments.

“I absolutely do not believe that racism is practiced against white writers," he wrote on Facebook on Tuesday

"Please know that I strongly support a diversity of voices being heard — in literature, in Hollywood, everywhere.”

A number of authors and publishing industry figures disputed the notion that writers of color are easily finding work at the expense of white ones.

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