In a since-deleted comment originally posted Saturday, Midler pondered whether Jenner might de-transition now that her show “I Am Cait” has been cancelled, suggesting that her gender identity was nothing more than a reality TV gimmick: “Now that @IAmCait has been cancelled, will she go back to being Bruce? Will Kris take him back? Do I smell a re-wedding?!”
She called the tweet a “idle musing” that failed to land due to the “temper of the times.”
DEAR FRIENDS @HRC, WHOM I HAVE ALWAYS SUPPORTED. SORRY LAST TWEET OFFENDED. AN IDLE MUSING. I SEEM TO HAVE MISREAD THE TEMPER OF THE TIMES.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) August 21, 2016
As one commenter pointed out, there’s not an appropriate time or place for transphobia.
— Ritchy (@ritchyk) August 21, 2016
Others argued she should have stood her ground.
— jillian miano (@babs721) August 21, 2016
Midler has in the past sharply criticized Jenner for her Republican political views, saying in 2015 that Jenner must actually identify as “uninformed.”