Published On: Aug 06 2014 08:22:35 AM CDTUpdated On: Jun 27 2014 12:57:33 PM CDT
Many celebrities have found themselves in hot water over intoxicated rants, bizarre behavior or tantrums they thought were being thrown out of the public eye. Take a look at some of the most memorable celebrity apologies.
Gary Oldman delivered the most recent public apology on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" when he apologized for remarks he made to Playboy about Jewish people and Hollywood. In the interview, Oldman gave his unfiltered opinion on political correctness and how it's impacted controversial actors like Alec Baldwin and Mel Gibson: "Mel Gibson is in a town that's run by Jews and he said the wrong thing because he's actually bitten the hand that I guess has fed him -- and doesn't need to feed him anymore because he's got enough dough," Oldman told the magazine.
After being aggressively trailed by paparazzi recently, Jonah Hill directed a lewd remark and a homophobic slur at a paparazzo. The star apologized for his words immediately, first on Howard Stern's radio program and then on "The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon." "I played into exactly what [the paparazzo] wanted and lost my cool and in that moment I said a disgusting word that does not at all reflect how I feel about any group of people," he told Stern.
Justin Bieber is no stranger to the public apology, having said sorry for a number of misguided antics recently. However, in early June, he had to apologize not once, but twice after racially offensive videos of him surfaced.
Shia LaBeouf has apologized for many bizarre rants and actions lately, the most glaring of which was copying another artist's work without giving credit. He tweeted that he "f****d up" after that incident, issued an apology in skywriting and then establishing a performance piece called #IAmSorry.
Celebrity chef Paula Deen was sued for racial discrimination in 2013 and she admitted to using the "N" word. Deen tried to make amends with two different, dramatic videotaped apologies, but her career suffered tremendously anyway.
Michael Richards of "Seinfeld" fame unknowingly committed career suicide after he erupted during a standup performance in 2006, screaming racial slurs at an African-American man in the audience. After video of his tirade went viral, Richards appeared on the "Late Show with David Letterman" to say that he was "very, very sorry."
Tiger Woods issued one of the longest and most highly anticipated apologies of all-time during a nearly 14-minute press conference after being caught having inappropriate relations with more than a dozen women. "I convinced myself that normal rules didn't apply… I ask you to one day find room in your heart to believe in me again."
Julianne Hough thought it would be fun to dress up as one of her favorite characters, "Crazy Eyes," from "Orange Is the New Black" for Halloween in 2013, cpmplete with blackface, which prompted a backlash on social media. "It certainly was never my intention to be disrespectful or demeaning to anyone in any way. I realize my costume hurt and offended people and I truly apologize."
Reese Witherspoon had to apologize for her drunken actions when she was caught on camera mouthing off to a police officer in 2013 after she and her husband were pulled over. Witherspoon went on "Good Morning America" to say that her actions were "completely unacceptable" and that she and her husband were "so sorry and embarrassed. We know better, and we shouldn't have done that."
After his highly publicized 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 also apologized on "Larry King Live," but the public has had a hard time forgiving the star, mainly because he has remained in and out of trouble for other incidents ever since.
Actor Alec Baldwin has issued several public apologies over the years. In 2007, he called his then 11-year-old daughter Ireland a "rude, thoughtless little pig," which was followed by a half-hearted apology in 2011for disrupting an American Airlines flight. More recently, the actor said he was sorry for using homophobic language in a confrontation with a paparazzo.
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 his career never fully bounced back and he was more recently accused of making racist remarks against his ex-girlfriend.
After the news broke about movie star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's affair (and subsequent love child) with a longtime staff member, he tried to make his amends with his family by releasing a public statement: "There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused. I have apologized to Maria, my children and my family. I am truly sorry."
John Mayer's controversial 2010 interview with Playboy magazine brought a lot of heat for the singer/songwriter. Mayer used the "N" word in the interview and claimed that he has a "white supremacist" penis. He first apologized on Twitter and then a gave a tearful, public apology during a concert.
Lance Armstrong reputation as a world-class athlete was shattered after he publicly admitted to doping to win the Tour de France a whopping seven times in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. "I made those decisions, they were my mistake and I'm here to say sorry."
David Letterman shocked audiences in the fall of 2009 when he admitted on his show that he'd had affairs with a number of women on his staff. During a live taping of the show, Letterman stated: "I'm terribly sorry that I put the staff in that position. My wife, Regina, has been horribly hurt by my behavior...Let me tell you folks, I've got my work cut out for me."
Kanye West's infamous interruption of Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards turned into a PR nightmare for the artist. He did apologize via Twitter and also on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno as host, but it took years for the public to forgive him.