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June 3, 2020

Lea Michele has issued an apology after a Glee co-star called her out for alleged "traumatic microaggressions."

The actress in an Instagram post on Wednesday morning said she has been examining how "my own behavior towards fellow cast members was perceived by them" after on Monday, Glee's Samantha Ware claimed Michele made her "first television gig a living hell" with "traumatic" microaggressions on set and even told people that "if you had the opportunity you would 's--t in my wig.'"

"While I don't remember ever making this specific statement and I have never judged others by their background or color of their skin, that's not really the point, what matters is that I clearly acted in ways which hurt other people," Michele wrote. "Whether it was my privileged position and perspective that caused me to be perceived as insensitive or inappropriate at times or whether it was just my immaturity and me just being unnecessarily difficult, I apologize for my behavior and for any pain which I have caused."

Other black Glee stars had backed Ware up after she posted her claims, with Dabier Snell alleging Michele said he "didn't belong" at a table with the cast. Michele in her apology said she has "listened to these criticisms and I am learning and while I am very sorry, I will be better in the future from this experience."

Michele's apology came after HelloFresh ended a partnership with her as a result of the controversy, with the company saying it's "disheartened and disappointed" over the allegations. Brendan Morrow

May 19, 2020

Neil Gaiman has issued an apology after coming under fire for traveling to Scotland from New Zealand amid the coronavirus pandemic, a decision he now admits was "stupid."

The American Gods author recently disclosed that he traveled 11,000 miles from New Zealand to his home on Skye in Scotland during the pandemic, defying lockdown measures and prompting a visit from the police.

After days of criticism over this trip, Gaiman apologized on his blog, writing, "I did something stupid. I'm really sorry." The writer said that he "was panicked" and acted based on a UK government website mentioning that those traveling abroad should return home.

But Gaiman said the police since informed him that "I should have stayed where I was safe in New Zealand," and he acknowledged that "I should" have done so, recommending others not make the same mistake he did. Police Scotland inspector Lynda Allan says authorities during their visit gave Gaiman "suitable advice about essential travel and reminded about the current guidelines in Scotland," Deadline reports.

"I'm sure I've done sillier things in my life," Gaiman wrote, "but this is the most foolish thing I've done in quite a while." Brendan Morrow

August 23, 2019

Good Morning America's Lara Spencer has apologized after coming under fire for seemingly mocking Prince George for his interest in ballet.

During a Thursday segment, Spencer reported on the prince's "demanding" curriculum, noting that it includes not only "the usual" courses but also things like "religious studies" and "ballet." When Spencer got to "ballet" at the end of her list of activities, George Stephanopoulos and others in the room immediately broke out into laughter. Spencer played into their amusement by joking in response to a photo of the prince, "He looks so happy about the ballet class!" She concluded the segment by saying, "Prince William says George absolutely loves ballet. I have news for you Prince William: We'll see how long that lasts."

Spencer is now apologizing, captioning an unrelated Instagram photo on Friday with, "My sincere apologies for an insensitive comment I made in pop news yesterday." She added, "From ballet to anything one wants to explore in life, I say GO FOR IT [because] I believe we should all be free to pursue our passions."

Spencer might have intended to emphasize George's surprisingly busy schedule with her comment, seeing as she noted while wrapping up the segment that he "might end up" just wanting to "go back to the Play-Doh." Clearly, that's not how it came across to viewers, though; the video received more than 1,000 thumbs down on YouTube and went viral. A since-deleted Twitter clip drew strong reactions on Friday, with New York magazine's Olivia Nuzzi writing, "This is so out of touch it's like from another dimension."

Luckily, Prince George can breathe a sigh of relief knowing he now has Good Morning America's permission to pursue his interests. Brendan Morrow

July 12, 2019

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello is apologizing after coming under fire following the leak of a profane private chat.

The governor in a news conference on Thursday said he is "a human being who has his faults" and that "I ask for forgiveness" for the leaked private chat, in which he called former New York City Council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito a "whore," The Associated Press reports. He tried to offer something of an excuse for the leaked exchanges by saying he was working for 18 hours before sending them, although he said that "none of this justifies the words I've written" and offered "my apologies to all the people I have offended."

Rossello in the exchanges also told an oversight board to "go f— yourself," adding a series of middle finger emojis, AP notes. It hasn't been a great week for Rossello, with this conference coming after several former members of his administration were arrested as part of a corruption probe. Mark-Viverito earlier this week had slammed Rossello in a statement, saying that anyone who "uses that language against a woman ... should not govern Puerto Rico." Brendan Morrow

June 27, 2019

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio was seen by many as an unexpected victor of last night's first round of Democratic presidential debates. But he didn't get to revel in that post-victory glow for very long.

De Blasio was forced to issue an apology on Thursday after quoting revolutionary Che Guevara at a Miami rally, as the Miami Herald reports he repeated the famous phrase associated with Guevara to a crowd of union workers: "Hasta la victoria, siempre!"

The New York City mayor immediately faced calls to apologize from some Florida Democrats for quoting someone who the Miami Herald noted is "one of the most hated historical figures throughout Miami." State senator Annette Taddeo tweeted that she's "utterly disgusted" while writing, "How can anyone wanting to be the leader of the free world quote a murderous guerrilla - in Miami no less! A community filled with his victims!"

State senator Jose Javier Rodríguez similarly wrote that "quoting a murderer responsible for death & oppression in communist Cuba and throughout Latin America is not acceptable," and both he and the chair of the Florida Democratic Party, Terrie Rizzo, called for an apology. Rep. Donna Shalala (D-Fl.) also slammed De Blasio by tweeting, "It is unacceptable to quote a murderer like Che Guevara, especially in Miami, where so many people have suffered as a result of his brutality."

The Miami New Times characterized the whole situation by writing that De Blasio "broke the literal most-obvious rule of Miami politicking: Don't quote Che Guevara."

De Blasio on Twitter subsequently offered an apology by saying he "did not know the phrase I used ... was associated with Che Guevara" and saying that "I did not mean to offend anyone who heard it that way." He also said that "I certainly apologize for not understanding that history." Brendan Morrow

June 17, 2019

Nicholas Sparks has issued an apology after a report showing he expressed opposition to an LGBTQ club at his school.

A report from The Daily Beast last week detailed how the bestselling author of The Notebook is in the middle of a legal battle with the former headmaster of his North Carolina prep school, the Epiphany School of Global Studies. Emails that came to light as part of this court case showed Sparks pushing for an LGBTQ club at the school to be banned, writing that "not allowing them to have a club is NOT discrimination" and that "there will be no club" like this at the school. In another, he tells the headmaster that he has "what some perceive as an agenda that strives to make homosexuality open and accepted."

In a statement on Monday, Sparks said that "I regret and apologize" over the fact that his words have "potentially hurt young people and members of the LGBTQ community." Sparks goes on to say that he is "an unequivocal supporter of gay marriage, gay adoption, and equal employment rights" and that "when in one of my emails I used language such as 'there will never be an LGBT club' at Epiphany, l was responding heatedly to how the headmaster had gone about initiating this club."

One of the emails in question had included Sparks saying that "we've had gay students before" and that the previous headmaster "handled it quietly and wonderfully." Sparks said he meant that the headmaster "supported them in a straightforward, unambiguous way."

While leaving some of the quotes from his emails unaddressed, Sparks said he regrets failing "to be more unequivocal about my support for the students in question." The author in a previous statement had dismissed the Daily Beast article as "not news." Brendan Morrow

March 13, 2019

Paul Manafort offered an apology for his crimes on Wednesday while awaiting a possible sentence of up to 10 more years in prison.

The former Trump campaign chair last week was sentenced to 47 months in prison after pleading guilty to tax and bank fraud — during his sentencing he emphasized feeling "humiliated and ashamed," to which Judge Thomas Ellis said, "I was surprised I did not hear you express regret," per NBC News. On Wednesday, Manafort told Judge Amy Berman Jackson, "In my previous allocation I told Judge Ellis I was ashamed for my conduct ... I want to say to you now that I am sorry for what I have done and for all the activities that have gotten me here today," per CNN.

Manafort also said he takes "responsibility for the consequences of these actions," BuzzFeed reports, and argued he has "already begun to change" and is a "different person." He asked the judge not to add more time to his existing sentence. "Please let my wife and I be together," he said, adding that he is almost 70 years old and that "she needs me and I need her," Talking Points Memo reports. Manafort has not yet received his sentencing from Berman Jackson. Brendan Morrow

February 11, 2019

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) is offering an apology after being accused of anti-Semitism by her fellow Democrats.

In a statement on Monday, Omar said she is "grateful" for those who are "educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes." She had responded to a tweet about House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's (R-Calif.) support of Israel by writing, "It's all about the Benjamins baby," suggesting donations from pro-Israel groups were influencing his views. Democrats in Congress condemned her remarks, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) saying that Omar's "use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel's supporters is deeply offensive."

Omar said Monday that she "unequivocally" apologizes. "At the same time," she added, "I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics," once again raising concerns about the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Read Omar's statement below. Brendan Morrow

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