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Jim Carrey was dragged over the coals this week after he told a female journalist that she was on his bucket list - but as a rep of the Hollywood star confirms, his words were taken out of context.

During an interview promoting Carrey's new flick, Sonic the Hedgehog, Heat World Magazine's Charlotte Long asked him:

 "In the film, Sonic has a bucket list, I was wondering, after all you've done in your career and in your life, is there anything still left on your bucket list?"

"Just you," Carrey replied. "That's it, it's all done now."

Long then said, "I don't know what to say to that," as she laughed. Carrey then told her to "own it."

Viewers thought that Carrey meant that he wanted to bed her, but the real response was far less seedy:

"This is a ridiculous non-story. Jim's full quote was 'Just you! That's it, I'm all done now!' clearly and good-naturedly referring to the interview as being on the top of his bucket list," his publicist told Yahoo Entertainment. "It was in no way a reference to the journalist herself. This is another example of a clickbait headline pandering to the dark side of 'scroll culture' — a dirty business done by and for people with dirty minds."