20 Celebrity Mea Culpas

Paula Deen joins their ranks

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 30, 2013 7:18 AM CDT

(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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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:
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)
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...
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....   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Aaron Vincent Elkaim, File)
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...
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,"...   (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)
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.
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...   (AP Photo/John Paul Filo, CBS)
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...
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.'...   (AP Photo)
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...
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....   (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
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