*Roger Ebert has backed away from his controversial use of the N-word on Twitter after jumping into a literary language debate on Wednesday.

The film critic was responding to controversy over the censored N-words in the new edition of Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by tweeting Wednesday, “I’d rather be called a N—- than a slave.”

But following responses from Twitter followers, Ebert backed off today.

“I’ll never be called a N*****or a Slave,” he Tweeted. “So I should have shut the **** up.”

Ebert is married to Chaz Hammelsmith Ebert, who is African-American. She also serves as the vice president of the Ebert Company.