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Everyone makes mistakes, and celebrities are no exceptions. Over the years, we've seen our fair share of sex scandals, interviews-gone-wrong, and public outbursts. Often, these incidents are followed up by celebrities taking to press conferences and talk shows to apologize and ask the public for forgiveness. These are ten memorable apologies issued by celebrities.
Which of these apologies is the most memorable to you?
10. John Mayer
After using the N-word in an interview with Playboy, John Mayer took to the stage to apologize. He said, "In the quest to be clever, I completely forgot about the people that I love and the people that love me, and I went into a wormhole of selfishness." In that same interview, Mayer had described his great sex life with Jessica Simpson.
9. Chris Brown
After pleading guilty to assaulting Rihanna, Chris Brown made this apology. Brown said that he had apologized many times to Rihanna and that he wanted to apologize to the public, as well. He described reaching out to his minister and his mother to "figure out what happened and why."
8. David Letterman - Extortion
In 2009, David Letterman was the victim of extortion. At the time, it became public that he had sex with women who had worked on his show. On the air, Letterman said that his current staff had been hounded by the media afterward. He apologized to his staff for putting them in that position. He went on to apologize to his wife, who he said had been "horribly hurt."
7. David Letterman - Sarah Palin
Letterman makes the list again! Earlier that year, the late night talk show host had made a crude joke about Sarah Palin's daughter. At the time, he thought it was a joke about Palin's older daughter, who was legally an adult, but it turned out that the daughter he referred to was actually Palin's 14-year-old. Letterman acknowledged that it was a bad joke, and he apologized.
6. Barack Obama
Barack Obama apologized to the Attorney General of California, Kamala Harris, for making comments about her appearance that stirred up controversy. In the apology, Obama stated that he did not mean to diminish her accomplishments by praising her looks.
5. Reese Witherspoon
The Legally Blonde star's lawyering skills landed her in trouble after she and her husband were pulled over on suspicion of a DUI. Reese Witherspoon asked police officers, "Do you know my name? You're about to find out who I am." She apologized for being disrespectful, saying that she panicked when she saw her husband was being arrested.
4. Tiger Woods
After a car crash and a series of women publicly claiming to have had affairs with Tiger Woods, the golf star apologized for his "irresponsible and selfish behavior." Woods said that he was aware of how he had let down his fans, friends, employees, and business partners.
3. Anthony Weiner
After his inappropriate messages to women became public, Anthony Weiner attended a press conference to say that he deeply regretted his actions and that he did not plan on stepping down from office. He apologized to his wife and to the public. He said, "I don't know what I was thinking."
2. Paula Deen
Paula Deen took heat after it came to light that she had used the N-word. In her apology, Deen said, "If there is anyone out there that has never said something that they wish they could take back, if you're out there, please pick up that stone and throw it so hard at my head that it kills me. Please, I want to meet you."
1. Kanye West
After Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the VMAs, West told Jay Leno that he was struggling with the fact that he had hurt Swift's feelings. West said that he knew he had done something wrong as soon as he gave the microphone back to her and saw that she didn't continue her speech. The rapper went on to say that he wanted to apologize to Swift in person.