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April 04, 2014 at 02:41 PM EDT

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When news broke that a Scottish teenage girl posted text message exchanges with James Franco on Imgur, we thought the photos could be fake. James Franco, 35, wouldn’t really try to hook up with a 17-year-old, would he? Would he?

Turns out, he would.

Franco went on Live! With Kelly and Michael this morning and addressed the issue right away. “I’m embarrassed, and I guess I’m just a model of how social media is tricky,” Franco said sheepishly. “It’s a way people meet each other today, but what I’ve learned is you don’t know who’s on the other end. I used bad judgement and I learned my lesson.”

At least the Oscar nominee won’t have to worry about any embarrassing behind-the-scenes secrets hitting gossip blogs later today: “I promise I will not reveal our text messages,” Kelly Ripa joked after Franco’s mea culpa.

Watch Franco’s full statement here:

 

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