Glee star Dianna Agron is apologizing for the racy GQ photo shoot that caused an uproar among parents.
"If you are hurt or these photos make you uncomfortable, it was never our intention," she wrote.
She says GQ "asked us to play very heightened versions of our school characters."
"At the time, it wasn't my favorite idea, but I did not walk away. These aren't photos I am going to frame and put on my desk. Those are all characters we've played for this crazy job."
Agron broke her silence as condemnation of the raunchy photo shoot shows no sign of going away.
Even Katie Couric voiced her disapproval in an online video, saying she watches the show with her 14-year-old daughter Caroline.
"I was really surprised to see the two female leads, Lea Michele and Dianna Agron, in GQ, posing provocatively in their underwear, sucking lollipops and sitting spread eagle in a series of, well, raunchy photos. These very adult photos of young women who perform in a family show just seem so un-'Glee'-like," she said.
And the Parents Television Council, a conservative TV watchdog group, claims the shoot "borders on pedophilia."
GQ's Editor-in-Chief fired back, releasing a statement which noted: "These 'kids' are in their twenties [...] I think they're old enough to do what they want."
Actor Mark Salling, who plays bad boy Puck on the show, defended his castmates.
"Personally, I think it's not a big deal. Lea is 23 years old. She has every right to do that. I mean, come on! We're obviously not in high school," he told KIIS-FM's Jojo Wright.
The Glee cast also appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone earlier this year, with Lea Michele posing in a school girl's uniform and flashing her underwear. The magazine even used the same title, "Glee Gone Wild."
But that cover didn't get half of the attention the GQ cover has.