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Vince Vaughn says he's glad that a joke using the word "gay" will remain in his new film, The Dilemma.

In one scene, Vaughn, who plays an automotive consultant, says, "Ladies and gentleman, electric cars are gay." The joke was removed from the film's trailer three weeks ago after it was deemed insensitive by GLAAD, but director Ron Howard said last week that he will not cut the quip.

Ron Howard refuses to cut "gay" joke from The Dilemma

"I'm glad to hear it's staying the movie," Vaughn said in a Wednesday radio interview for The Bert Show.

"[The joke] wasn't a derogatory term. ...We clarified within the joke [that it was] not 'homosexual gay' but, you know, your parents are chaperoning a dance."The actor, who previously defended the joke, said that his style of comedy has always been void of "any maliciousness" and he is not trying to hurt anyone's feelings with the joke. "If there's tension there, ultimately, it brings us together, it makes us more comfortable," he said.

Vince Vaughn defends use of gay joke in his film

Vaughn, however, did agree with Universal's decision to pull the joke from the trailer, as the clip premiered on the heels of a string of gay teen suicides. "With all the things that were happening at the time, Universal was trying to be respectful of the climate," he said.