Gov. Andrew Cuomo in radio interview brushed off the blowback he’s received from awkwardly received joke he made on Wednesday to reporters about the Me Too movement.

Cuomo spoke with reporters in a hallway gaggle or press scrum and, before he began to take questions, urged them to back up a step.

“Space. We need space,” he said. “Or I’ll bring you all up on charges under the Me Too movement.”

The comment drew some notice online, especially given that Wednesday saw the installation of the first woman majority leader in the state Senate.

Cuomo in a WAMC interview on Thursday morning called the remark an “off-hand comment.”

“You know, I walked out into the hallway and I was assaulted by the gaggle and pieces of equipment hitting me in all sorts of my anatomy,” he said. “It was an off-hand comment just to get them to move back. You know, the physical assault was overwhelming. But it was just an off-hand comment.”

Asked to elaborate by host Alan Chartock as to what Cuomo meant by “parts of my anatomy” the governor responded, “No, they just, they — you know how it works. When they come in a crush and literally get in your physical space and they have cameras and microphones and tape recorders and — it’s, they just physically confront you. It’s just the nature of the beast. But it was just an off-hand comment to say move back, and give me a little physical space.”