Brad Pitt Saves Face: Jennifer Aniston's "A Dear Friend Of Mine"

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

The 'Moneyball' actor does damage control after a recent interview gone bad.

Brad Pitt took to the TODAY show on Thursday morning to promote his new movie, Moneyball, and to clear up some recent misconceptions about his relationship with his ex-wife, Jennifer Aniston.

In a recent interview for Parade magazine, he described his life with Angelina Jolie as exciting and said he's now a "satisfied man," much in contrast to his marriage to Aniston, which he says turned him into a "couch potato." Apparently that's not the message he meant to relay about his previous relationship, and now he's backpedaling to save face—and save Aniston from embarrassment! Mr. Shy Guy, Brad Pitt, Finally Opens Up About Angelina Jolie

"All I know is that my point was, the best thing I'd done as a father is be sure that my kids have a good mother," Pitt told Matt Lauer. "That's all I was, or am, trying to say. It has no reference to the past. And I think it's a shame that I can't say something nice about Angie without Jen being drug in. You know, she doesn't deserve it." Angelina Jolie On Wedding Rumors & Brad Calling Her "A Nightmare"

On Wednesday, Us Weekly claimed Jen's publicists "read Brad the riot act and went ballistic" about his comments in Parade. Could that be part of the reason he spent so much of his TODAY show interview harping on how great Aniston is and how she, too, knows how interviews get misconstrued (or so he hopes)?

"She's also a seasoned veteran and she knows. You know, and she's a valuable person. We spent seven years together. Come on. I don't want them to say anything bad like that about Jen. She's a dear friend of mine," Pitt told Lauer.

Hmmm.. may be a little too late for that, Brad. 

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