“Star Wars” creator George Lucas is apologizing for his use of the term “white slavers” in a recently released interview with Charlie Rose.

Discussing the six “Star Wars” films he worked on and eventually sold to Disney in 2012, he called them his kids and added, “I sold them to the white slavers who take these things …”

That was “a very inappropriate analogy,” Lucas said in a statement Thursday.

“I have been working with Disney for 40 years and chose them as the custodians of ‘Star Wars’ because of my great respect for the company and Bob Iger’s leadership,” he added. “Disney is doing an incredible job of taking care of and expanding the franchise. I rarely go out with statements to clarify my feelings but I feel it is important to make it clear that I am thrilled that Disney has the franchise and is moving it in such exciting directions in film, television and the parks.”