"After that tragedy in Christchurch, I thought the world should be supporting all those victims, giving them love and passion. And the senator released a statement, which was pretty much a divisive hate speech blaming the victims for the attack," Connolly told Australia's Network 10.
"I was just flat-out disgusted," he added.
"I didn't think this was going to blow up. In fact, it's blown up completely out of proportion, to the point where it's kind of embarrassing because too much of the attention is brought away from the real victims suffering — we should be focusing on them," Connolly said to Network 10.
"I understand what I did was not the right thing to do, however this egg has united people and money had been raised — tens of thousands of dollars has been raised for those victims."
Anning had sued Connolly... and donations poured in for Connolly's legal defence. Connolly later said the money collected — over $50,000 — would be donated to the victims.
"I'm so proud to stand for what is right and I encourage everyone to stand up for what you all believe in," Connolly had written earlier on Twitter.
"I do not condone violence and I do not condone egging someone, and everyone has a right to an opinion, but as I listened to Senator Anning for over an hour, I realised a point had to be made and if no one was going to do anything, then I was," he added.