LOS ANGELES (Reuters) Brad Pitt is seeking again to distance himself from apparently negative remarks about his marriage to Hollywood sweetheart Jennifer Aniston, calling his ex-wife a dear friend and a valuable person. Pitt is out in public promoting his new baseball movie Moneyball. But he spent much of a TV interview on morning talk show Today trying to explain an earlier remark that suggested he found his five-year marriage to Aniston boring, and that he is now a satisfied man in his relationship with Angelina Jolie. All I know is that my point was, the best thing Id done as a father is be sure that my kids have a good mother, Pitt told Matt Lauer in an interview to be broadcast on Today on Thursday. Thats all I was, or am, trying to say. It has no reference to the past. And I think its a shame that I cant say something nice about Angie without Jen being drug in. You know, she doesnt deserve it, Pitt said. Pitt issued a swift statement last week saying his remarks to Parade magazine about not living an interesting life with Aniston had been misinterpreted. But his remarks have served only to fuel a long-standing celebrity media obsession over perceived rivalries between Aniston and Jolie. Us Weekly magazine claimed on Wednesday that Anistons publicists went ballistic over Pitts remarks last week and that Brad was read the riot act. Pitt, who is raising six children with Jolie, said he tried to distance himself from constant speculation about when he would marry Jolie, or when they would split up. I know things get misconstrued, and I know theres a good cycle and a good story to say were splitting up. And then when we dont, they say weve come together again, its another new cycle, and then theres a secret wedding. 'No, that was put on hold because theyre upset. ... I live outside of that, and its much healthier.