The journalist, 58, was presenting the news on Thursday (8 September) and viewers thought he referred to the crisis as "insignificant" amid reports of the monarch's ill health.
However, he has now clarified that he was referring to the speech from Prime Minister Liz Truss - and not the content of the speech - and admitted that it was "a poor choice of word perhaps".
While he was presenting (prior to the Queen's death being announced) Myrie had turned to colleague Damian Grammaticas, who was at Buckingham Palace.
He said: "Damian, the news a little bit earlier on today that the doctors in Scotland were concerned about the Queen’s health, coming as Liz Truss was making a rather important statement concerning the future of energy bills.
"That of course, insignificant now given the gravity of the situation we seem to be experiencing with Her Majesty."
Some viewers were unimpressed, suggesting that Myrie was making light of the energy situation.
One said he was "belittling" the crisis and another said it was "appalling misjudgment".
Let me clear something up, particularly for those who seemed to relish the suggestion that I would be INSENSITIVE enough to belittle the struggles of millions with their bills. I was referring to the speech Liz Truss was giving, not the CONTENTS of that speech. 1/ https://t.co/YOm45dKlOJ
— Clive Myrie (@CliveMyrieBBC) September 9, 2022
But the star has now tweeted: "Let me clear something up, particularly for those who seemed to relish the suggestion that I would be INSENSITIVE enough to belittle the struggles of millions with their bills.
"I was referring to the speech Liz Truss was giving, not the CONTENTS of that speech."
He said in another post: "It was a poor choice of word perhaps but that’s live broadcasting.
"But the vitriolic ‘pile on’ hasn’t been particularly edifying either.
"But that’s Twitter for you!
The Queen's death was announced on Thursday evening (8 September), with Buckingham Palace announcing that she "died peacefully at Balmoral".
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