20 Celebrity Mea Culpas
Paula Deen joins their ranks
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 30, 2013 7:18 AM CDT
Paula Deen has made a couple of public apologies and/or explanations (not all of them grammatically correct) for her still-exploding n-word controversy. But she needn't feel alone; she joins a whole slew...   (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

(Newser) – Paula Deen has made a couple of public apologies and/or explanations (not all of them grammatically correct) for her still-exploding n-word controversy. But she needn't feel alone; she joins a whole slew of other celebrities who had to do the same. Wonderwall rounds up 19 others:

  • Hugh Grant: "I think you know in life pretty much what's a good thing to do and what's a bad thing, and I did a bad thing, and there you have it," he said after he was busted with a prostitute in 1995. "In the end, you have to come clean—it was disloyal, shabby, and goatish."
  • Russell Crowe: "This is possibly the most shameful situation I've ever gotten myself in in my life, and I've done some pretty dumb things in my life. So to actually make a new No. 1 is spectacularly stupid," he said after he was arrested for throwing a phone at a concierge. "I'm extremely sorry for this whole incident and I regret everything that took place."

  • David Letterman: "I'm terribly sorry," he said after admitting he had affairs with female staffers. "[My wife] has been horribly hurt by my behavior, and when something happens like that, if you hurt a person and it's your responsibility, you try to fix it."
  • Tom Cruise: "It's not what I had intended, in looking at myself, I thought, 'That came across as arrogant,'" Tom Cruise explained to Matt Lauer three years after he ranted about psychiatry on Today. "That's one of those things you go, 'OK, I could have absolutely handled that better.'"
  • Sharon Stone: "Yes, I misspoke," she said in 2008 after suggesting the devastating earthquake in China was caused by "karma." "I could not be more regretful of that mistake. It was unintentional. I apologize. Those words were never meant to be hurtful to anyone. They were an accident of my distraction and a product of news sensationalism."
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shadow-eagle
Jul 3, 2013 11:00 AM CDT
if you read the lawsuit against her, it's not just one comment. and it wasnt 25 years ago.... i'd hate to be a worker in any of her kitchens... or restaurants period.
augie2
Jun 30, 2013 2:09 PM CDT
They're "celebrities" who gives a shit what they say, think or suggest. Liberal assholes is all they are and NOTHING more.
verity
Jun 30, 2013 8:07 AM CDT
Paula Deen is losing absolutely everything she ever worked for because of her comment, while Alec Baldwin gets away with his sexist and hateful rants. It is an unfortunate fact that many southerners have in the past used the 'n-word' as part of their everyday parlance, just as African-Americans still do, with impunity, amongst themselves. Does anyone else feel that this is unfair? The crowd, historically, is quick to crucify essentially good people, but continually spares the scoundrels. Let those without sin...