Marlo Hampton, the most arrested cast member on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” knows a thing or two about a scuffle. But she’s backing away from a fight with the gays by walking back the anti-gay slur she threw on Sunday’s episode.

Oh yes, she went there on Bravo’s most popular series in the franchise and one in which most every “Housewives” cast member has a gay sidekick. Here’s how it went down: In a confrontation with Sheree Whitfield during their 10-day trip to South Africa, Hampton went after Whitfield over a spurned dinner invite. Tensions heightened and, of course, the slur hit the fan (video above).

“That’s why you don’t have a man. Go hang with the faggots, you ugly stupid ass,” Hampton says to Whitfield.

In a cutaway, Kandi Burruss offered this analysis: “I don’t know etiquette but I know you’re not supposed to say that.”

Hampton, sensing her slur could enrage the gays enough to cost her a permanent slot on the show, worked on Monday to walk back the anti-gay slur.

“I would like to offer from the bottom of my heart the fullest and most heartfelt apology for my recent use of an anti-gay slur,” Hampton says in a blog post. “When I used this word, I was not mindful of the demeaning connotation that this has in the gay community. My speech was irresponsible, thoughtless and said with the intention of conveying anger rather than as a statement on my feelings towards the gay community as a whole.”

The show’s gay sidekicks – Lawrence Washington and Derek J – came to Hampton’s defense on Sunday after the show aired.

Washington offered at least two tweets, including:

Marlo and I have spoke about the comment she made 2 Sheree. There was no [email protected] me personally. We r great friends and truly value each other

Derek J, who accompanied Hampton to a kickoff event for the MLK holigay earlier this month (photo), says her comment came out of anger, not any anti-gay feelings.

I understand that @iheartMarlo said something out of anger doesn’t make it right but I get it we all say things out of anger

Hampton says she’ll work hard “to regain your trust, respect and your love.”

“I applaud and admire this community for their triumph over a sometimes harsh, mean spirited society that discriminates and even violently attacks those who are different. These are obstacles that I relate to and that I have been inspired by them to overcome. I celebrate this community and am saddened by any indication otherwise, that my actions may have caused,” Hampton says.

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