Adam Markovitz
October 29, 2009 AT 01:03 PM EDT

David Spade has responded to negative reactions toward a DirecTV ad that features digitally-altered footage of him alongside the late Chris Farley in their 1997 film Tommy Boy. Critics have said the ad is in poor taste for re-appropriating a performance by Farley, who died after an overdose in 1997. But Spade claims the actor would have been on board.  “Oh, my God if [Farley] was here, I guarantee he’d be stoked that this little movie is included,” Spade told People. “The movie is important to me, and I would hate to offend [anyone] because that’s one of my favorite things I’ve ever done. So I would apologize to someone who took it that way.”

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