Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman said Tuesday that income inequality has nothing to do with race, citing himself as proof.

Appearing on CNN ahead of the season premiere of his Science Channel series, “Through The Wormhole,” Freeman spoke with anchor Don Lemon who asked whether Freeman thought if “race plays a part in wealth distribution.” Freeman didn’t pause for a second, replying: “No. No, I don’t. You and I, we’re proof.”

“Why would race have anything to do with it?” Freeman continued, “Put your mind to what you want to do and go for that. It’s kind of like religion to me, it’s a good excuse for not getting there.”

The CNN anchor pressed, “It seems like every single day I’m talking about race on television, because its in the news cycle … I wanna just go, ‘this is over, can we move on?’”

A smiling Freeman responded, “If you talk about it, it exists. It’s not like it exists and we refuse to talk about it. Making it a bigger issue than it needs to be is the problem here.”

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