'RHOBH': Lisa Vanderpump issues statement following uproar over 'transphobic' comment about Erika Jayne

Lisa Vanderpump regrets her "transphobic" comment about "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" co-star Erika Jayne.

Viewers were outraged over the original cast member's remark that she made during a confessional interview on Tuesday night's episode of the Bravo hit.

"Just don’t ask me if Erika’s tucking or something like that because there are some things I can’t lie about," Vanderpump laughed while discussing the self-elected lie detector test that she took to prove her innocence in the #PuppyGate storyline.

Her comment immediately sparked criticism on Twitter from viewers and co-stars alike. Lisa Rinna, perhaps Vanderpump's most outspoken foe, tweeted, "Who knew Lvp was transphobic? Well, we know NOW!"

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In a statement released on Wednesday afternoon, less than 24 hours after the controversy erupted, Vanderpump expressed her regret over her "poor choice of words," but stopped short of saying the word "sorry."

"It was not my intention to belittle the trans community with my poor choice of words directed toward Erika," Vanderpump said in a statement to Us Weekly. "I have nothing but respect and love for trans people around the world, as I have been a staunch supporter, provided employment offered emotional support and championed LGBTQ issues."

"With recent news of trans women losing their lives for living their authentic truth in a world of discrimination and hate, I never want to diminish the very real pain and struggle that trans people go through every day," she added.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 21: Reality TV Personality Lisa Vanderpump attends the 'Women Of Influence Awards' at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre on June 21, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 21: Ken Todd (L) and Lisa Vanderpump (R) attend the 'Women Of Influence Awards' at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre on June 21, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 22: Philanthropist and host Lisa Vanderpump speaks onstage at World Dog Day on May 22, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/WireImage)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured: Lisa Vanderpump -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS -- 'Reunion' -- Pictured: (l-r) Erika Girardi, Kyle Richards, Lisa Vanderpump, Yolanda H. Foster, Andy Cohen, Lisa Rinna, Eileen Davidson, Kathryn Edwards -- (Photo by: Isabella Vosmikova/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Reality TV Personality Lisa Vanderpump attends the Universal Music Group's 2016 GRAMMY after party at The Theatre At The Ace Hotel on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Reality TV Personality Lisa Vanderpump attends the Universal Music Group's 2016 GRAMMY after party at The Theatre At The Ace Hotel on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 13: Lisa Vanderpump speaks at the AOL Build Speaker Series - Lisa Vanderpump, 'Vanderpump Rules' at AOL Studios In New York on January 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
IRVINE, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Reality TV Personality Lisa Vanderpump attends the opening night premiere of Cavalia's 'Odysseo' at Odysseo's White Big Top on February 6, 2016 in Irvine, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Lisa Vanderpump and Hoda Kotb -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 13: Lisa Vanderpump arrives at the AOL Build Speaker Series - Lisa Vanderpump, 'Vanderpump Rules' at AOL Studios In New York on January 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Lisa Vanderpump and Hoda Kotb -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured: Lisa Vanderpump -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 06: Lisa Vanderpump arrives at People's Choice Awards 2016 at Microsoft Theater on January 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 24: Restaurateurs Ken Todd and wife Lisa Vanderpump pose for photo at Project Angel Food on December 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tasia Wells/Getty Images)
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