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All apologies: Celebs' 'I'm sorry' hall of fame

Updated 1924 GMT (0324 HKT) December 7, 2018
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Kevin Hart stepped down from hosting the 91st Academy Awards and apologized after tweets he posted between 2009 and 2011 containing derogatory comments about the gay community resurfaced. "I'm sorry that I hurt people... I am evolving and want to continue to do so," Hart tweeted. "My goal is to bring people together not tear us apart. Much love & appreciation to the Academy. I hope we can meet again." Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images North America
In November comedian Louis C.K. issued a lengthy apology after five women accused him of sexual misconduct in a New York Times story. "These stories are true," he said in his statement Ben Gabbe/Tribeca TV Fest/Getty Images
Gene Simmons tweeted, "I didn't express myself properly,' when he commented about Prince's death which Simmons had called "pathetic." Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
In May 2016 Lauryn Hill apologized to those who attended her concert at Chastain Park Amphitheater in Atlanta, Georgia. Hill was two hours late and said on a Facebook posting that "The challenge is aligning my energy with the time, taking something that isn't easily classified or contained, and trying to make it available for others." ADE JOHNSON/AFP/Getty Images
Steve Harvey had to apologize after he incorrectly announced Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez at the winner at the Miss Universe pageant in December 2015. The winner was actually Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach. John Locher/AP
Superstar weatherman Al Roker apologized after he tweeted a photo of him and his crew covering the floods in South Carolina that many deemed "insensitive." Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images
Actor-filmmaker Matt Damon apologized over comments made about diversity on the HBO reality show "Project Greenlight," but his apology fell flat with some. Brendon Thorne/Getty Image
Comedian and actor Steve Rannazzisi originally claimed that he was in the World Trade Center on September 11 but now says he wasn't. He has apologized. Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images
Oscar-nominated star Benedict Cumberbatch apologized for referring to black actors as "colored" during his interview with PBS' Tavis Smiley about the lack of diversity in the British film industry. Cumberbatch said he was an "idiot" and "devastated" at his choice of words. ari Perilstein/Getty Images
After calling the gay community misogynistic on an episode of Bret Easton Ellis' podcast, Rose McGowan offered an apology of sorts. "Misogyny endangers me as a human. It also endangers the LGBT community," McGowan tweeted after her comments were criticized. "Could I have articulated my frustration in a better fashion? Undoubtedly. For that I apologize, but I stand by the overall point." Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images
John Grisham took back statements he made about child pornography and sex offenders. In an interview with the UK's Telegraph, the lawyer and prolific author sparked outrage when he expressed his belief that some people who view child pornography online are receiving punishments that don't match the scale of the crime. He later issued a statement saying, "Anyone who harms a child for profit or pleasure, or who in any way participates in child pornography -- online or otherwise -- should be punished to the fullest extent of the law." Neilson Barnard/Getty Images/File
U2 frontman Bono apologized on behalf of his band after facing a huge backlash for releasing an album for free. It wasn't so much the lack of a price tag that drew ire but the fact that it was automatically downloaded to iTunes users' libraries. "Might have gotten carried away with ourselves," Bono said during an October 2014 Facebook chat. "Artists are prone to that thing." PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images/File
Reese Witherspoon had to apologize for her drunken actions when she was caught on camera mouthing off to a police officer after she and her husband were pulled over in 2013. "It's completely unacceptable, and we are so sorry and embarrassed. We know better, and we shouldn't have done that," Witherspoon said on "Good Morning America." She then gave a semi-apology in 2014 with the admission: "It's part of human nature. I made a mistake." Jason Merritt/Getty Images
After Jason Biggs tweeted -- and defended -- a joke about the Malaysia Airlines crash in July 2014, he deleted his tweets and apologized for his remarks, saying, "People were offended, and that was not my intent. Sorry to those of you that were." He continued, "I understand that my comments might have come off as insensitive and ill-timed. For that, I apologize." Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images/File
Gary Oldman was so remorseful for his remarks about Jewish people and Hollywood that he apologized twice. Getty Images
Justin Bieber is no stranger to the public apology, having said sorry for mistakenly kicking the Argentinian flag and saying "F*** Bill Clinton" after urinating in a janitor's mop bucket. In early June 2014, he apologized not once but twice after racially offensive videos of him surfaced. Stephen Dunn/Getty Images
Being trailed by the paparazzi got the better of actor Jonah Hill in early June 2014. The "22 Jump Street" star made a lewd remark and used a homophobic slur while in a confrontation with a paparazzo. He quickly apologized for his words, first on Howard Stern's radio program and then on "The Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon. His in-depth mea culpas were met with equal parts praise and criticism. D Dipasupil/FilmMagic/Getty Images
"Seinfeld" star Michael Richards went from beloved comic actor to persona non grata after he erupted during a standup performance in November 2006, screaming racial slurs at an African-American man in the audience. After video of his tirade went viral, Richards appeared on CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman" to say that he was "very, very sorry." Ann Summa//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images
All the apologies in the world couldn't repair Kanye West's PR damage after he interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. Although he apologized more than once -- via Twitter, by phone and on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno as host -- public opinion wasn't swayed. Kevin Mazur/WireImage/Getty
During Winona Ryder's 2002 trial for shoplifting from Saks Fifth Avenue, the shopping outlet's security chief testified that Ryder apologized with the claim that she'd committed the crime for a role. "She said, 'I'm sorry for what I did. My director directed me to shoplift for a role I was preparing,' " the security chief said. Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic/Getty
When Paula Deen was being sued for racial discrimination in 2013, she admitted to using the "N" word -- and there went the celebrity chef's career. Deen tried to make amends with two different videotaped apologies, but the execution just made matters worse. Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images
Everyone remembers Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" at the Super Bowl halftime show in 2004, but we bet you don't recall Timberlake's meek apology following the uproar. "Listen, I know it's been a rough week for everybody," he said. "What occurred was unintentional and completely regrettable, and I apologize if you guys were offended." Timberlake had to give that apology in order to participate in that year's Grammy Awards airing on CBS; Jackson declined to attend the event and apologize. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/File
After being caught "engaging in a lewd act" with a "known prostitute" in Hollywood in 1995, Hugh Grant famously apologized on Jay Leno's "Tonight Show." The Brit actor -- responding to Leno's memorable question, "What the hell were you thinking?" -- said that it would be "bollocks" to hide behind excuses. "I did a bad thing, and there you have it." Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images
Julianne Hough is such a fan of "Orange Is the New Black" that she thought it would be fun to dress up as one of her favorite characters, "Crazy Eyes," for Halloween in 2013. Yet Hough went too far when she combined a prison orange jumpsuit with blackface, prompting outrage and a swift apology from the dancer/actress. Shahar Azran/WireImage/Getty
What hasn't Alec Baldwin apologized for? For starters, there's his 2007 regret for calling his then 11-year-old daughter Ireland a "rude, thoughtless little pig," which was followed by a semi-apology in 2011 for disrupting an American Airlines flight. More recently, the actor said he was sorry for using homophobic language in a confrontation with a photographer. Raymond Hall/Getty Images
Pharrell Williams' Elle UK cover story came under fire in June because the "Happy" singer/songwriter was wearing a traditional Native American headdress. Amid the backlash, Williams tweeted to his #nothappy fans: "I respect and honor every kind of race, background and culture. I am genuinely sorry." Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Walmart
John Mayer's controversial 2010 interview with Playboy magazine brought so much heat for the singer/songwriter that he ended up crying during his apology. Mayer, who used the "N" word in the interview and claimed that he has a "white supremacist" penis, first gave a Twitter apology and then a tearful, public one during a concert in Nashville. Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NARAS
Shia LaBeouf is such a pro at apologizing that he's started to think outside of the box. After he tweeted that he "f****d up" when he copied another artist's work without credit in December, he then drove the point home by plagiarizing other famous apologies, skywriting his regret and then establishing a performance art piece called #IAmSorry. Andreas Rentz/Getty Images
Mel Gibson publicly apologized in 2006 after going off on an anti-Semitic rant when he was pulled over for driving under the influence. The remorseful statement was thorough, but it hasn't erased Gibson's actions, which have since included allegations of the actor making racist remarks in arguments with his ex-girlfriend. Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic/Getty Images
Christian Bale actually encouraged the media to make fun of him after his expletive-filled rant on the set of "Terminator: Salvation" leaked in 2009. "I deserve it completely," Bale said at the time. "I was out of order beyond belief. I was way out of order. I acted like a punk. I regret that." Anthony Harvey/Getty Images
For celebrities who want to apologize for something without ever actually saying what they're apologizing for, Kristen Stewart is the new standard. The actress released a statement in 2012 amid gossip that she cheated on her boyfriend Robert Pattinson with "Snow White and the Huntsman" director Rupert Sanders that says everything while saying nothing at all. "I'm deeply sorry for the hurt and embarrassment I've caused to those close to me and everyone this has affected," she said. "This momentary indiscretion has jeopardized the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob. I love him, I love him, I'm so sorry." GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images/Getty Images
David Letterman dropped a bombshell in the fall of 2009 when he admitted on his CBS late night talk show that he'd had affairs with a number of women on his staff. During a live taping of the show, Letterman first took several shots at himself, and then grew more serious: "I'm terribly sorry that I put the staff in that position," he said. "My wife, Regina, has been horribly hurt by my behavior ... Let me tell you folks, I've got my work cut out for me." Earlier that summer, Letterman also said he was sorry to Sarah Palin for what he called "a bad joke." Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Spike TV
Following his 2009 assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna, Chris Brown first tried to apologize with a personal video shared online, telling those watching that he was "truly, truly sorry that I wasn't able to handle the situation both differently and better." He then booked a seat on CNN's "Larry King Live," telling the show's host that he couldn't believe what happened. Judging from the public's perception of the singer, it seems neither apology has been accepted. Paul Buck-Pool/Getty Images
Miley Cyrus isn't one to make a lot of apologies -- if you didn't like her twerking on MTV, that's too bad -- but she isn't immune to saying "I'm sorry." When suggestive photos of a then-15-year-old Cyrus surfaced in 2008 -- including one that showed her wearing just a bedsheet on the cover of Vanity Fair -- she said in a statement that she was "truly sorry" if she "disappointed anyone." Similar grievances were given after she was seen smoking a bong in 2011 and when a racially insensitive photo emerged in 2009. Neil Lupin/Redferns via Getty Images
Naomi Campbell and Alec Baldwin have at least one thing in common: they know how to give excellent non-apologies. When she got into a tiff with airline British Airways over lost baggage in 2008, the supermodel apologized for assaulting police but refused to apologize to British Airways, which she accused of racism. Mike Coppola/Getty Images