When famous folks majorly goof, apologies often follow. Unless you're Donald Trump. Here's our top five favorite mea culpas of the year.
5. "Also, I'm sorry for the confusion that I may of caused to those at the Coroner's office. Won't happen again, now I know where to go! Thank you for your help." — Lindsay Lohan
After tweeting that she has "never been so happy to go to therapy!!!!" Lohan followed up with this apology for being 40 minutes late to court-ordered Los Angeles county morgue duty. It's the sort-of thing that's necessary when your probation is revoked, but perhaps a lawyer could have made sure she knew where to go in the first place?
4. I didn't mean it. I don't have a hateful bone in my body. I don't believe that anyone should be bullied or just made to feel bad about who they are." — Tracy Morgan
At his best, Morgan is edgy and hilariously deadpan-clueless on "30 Rock." At his worst, he does stand-up where says that if his son was a homosexual, he'd "pull out a knife and stab" him. A few weeks later, Morgan visited the scene of his statement-crime, Nashville, Tenn., to issue an apology in a press conference organized by GLAAD. "I don't really see gay or straight, I just see human beings," he added.
3. "I sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by my attempt at humor regarding the tragedy in Japan. I meant no disrespect, and my thoughts are with the victims and their families." — Gilbert Gottfried
When a tragedy such as the Japanese tsunami happens, perhaps it's best to wait awhile before making a seriously offensive joke. Or several of them. Gottfried, instead, decided to use his Twitter feed not to express sympathy with the victims or help raise money, but to make fun of them. "I just split up with my girlfriend, but like the Japanese say, 'They'll [sic] be another one floating by any minute now," was one of many such tweets. Funny! We never felt more dismayed by the now-former voice of the Aflac Duck.
2. "I brought pain to people I care about the most and the people who believed in me, and for that I'm deeply sorry." — Anthony Weiner
Weiner's apology seemed genuine. It also was one massive overshare. After apologizing for lying about inappropriate relationships with women other than his wife (sexting, beefcake gym photos, not-actual-sex-but-totally-suggesting-sex-could-happen messages), the former congressman, resigning from office, outlined all the ways he talked with women he met online during the past few years: Twiter, Facebook, email, and an old-fashioned Zack Morris cell phone (we assume). Oh, and he said he was sorry for pretending he had been hacked. Weinergate, welcome to the lexicon.
"The thought of the leaders of both parties jukin' [sic] and high fiven' [sic] on a golf course, while so many families are struggling to get by, simply made me boil over and make a dumb statement, and I am very sorry if it offended anyone. I would like to thank all my supporters. This was not written by some publicist." Hank Williams Jr.
By our count, the only apology of 2011 to include the "words" jukin and fiven, Williams long-winded statement came after he compared President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler on "Fox and Friends," which had apparently believed the country singer would provide insightful political commentary. He described the Obama-Hitler analogy as "extreme — but it was to make a point," a reaction to Obama and House Speaker John Boehner playing on a golf team together (Williams said that that situation was like Hitler playing golf with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu). We wonder what he'd say if they played on the same basketball team. Ultimately, ESPN decided to remove the singer's yelly "Are You Ready for Some Football?" recording from the opening of "Monday Night Football." And the world was less noisy for it.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun