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April 23, 2021

Joy Behar is apologizing "if anybody was upset" that she repeatedly misgendered Caitlyn Jenner on The View, blaming it on not getting "enough sleep."

Behar drew criticism on Friday after she incorrectly referred to Jenner using "he" or "his" multiple times during a segment about the former athlete's California gubernatorial run, per Mediaite. While Behar did also use the right pronouns throughout the segment, she had to correct her wrong pronoun usage more than once. She subsequently apologized on the air.

"Let me apologize for my pronoun mix-up," Behar said. "I think I just didn't get enough sleep last night. I had no intention of mixing them up, and I tried to correct it immediately, but whatever. It just came out. So I'm sorry if anybody was upset by that."

Behar's misgendering of Jenner had been called out on Twitter while The View aired, with journalist Yashar Ali taking note of it and writing, "I don't know why Joy misgendered her but it's an important reminder that we don't misgender people even if we don't like their politics." Brendan Morrow

March 24, 2021

Former Tonight Show host Jay Leno is apologizing for years of offensive jokes about Asians, acknowledging his "legitimate wrong."

Leno offered his apology on a Zoom call with the leader of the activist group Media Action Network for Asian Americans, which has complained about the comedian's jokes for over a decade, Variety reports.

"At the time I did those jokes, I genuinely thought them to be harmless," Leno said. "I was making fun of our enemy North Korea, and like most jokes, there was a ring of truth to them."

Leno in 2019 came under fire after it was reported that he made a joke while serving as an America's Got Talent judge about Koreans eating dog meat, which was cut from the show, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He had made similar jokes numerous times in the past, and the Media Action Network for Asian Americans at the time called on NBC to cut ties with Leno because he has "been an unrepentant repeat offender and still has a bizarre fixation with Asians eating dogs."

Leno now says that "too many times" in the past, he sided with those who dismissed complaints about his jokes, even when "in my heart I knew it was wrong." His apology came amid an uptick of anti-Asian hate crimes and discrimination in the United States, and a week after a shooting in Georgia left eight people dead, including six Asian women.

"I do not consider this particular case to be another example of cancel culture but a legitimate wrong that was done on my part," Leno said. "MANAA has been very gracious in accepting my apology. I hope that the Asian American community will be able to accept it as well, and I hope I can live up to their expectations in the future." Brendan Morrow

February 18, 2021

The CEO of Robinhood during a congressional hearing on last month's Wall Street chaos apologized for restricting GameStop trading, calling what occurred "unacceptable."

Vlad Tenev, CEO of the trading app, offered his apology during a House Financial Services Committee hearing Thursday that examined the events surrounding Reddit users last month sending GameStop stock, which had been heavily shorted by hedge funds, soaring. On Jan. 28, Robinhood temporarily limited trading of stock from GameStop and other companies, citing "recent volatility," a decision that drew heavy criticism and scrutiny from lawmakers.

"Despite the unprecedented market conditions in January, at the end of the day, what happened is unacceptable to us," Tenev said. "To our customers, I'm sorry, and I apologize. Please know that we are doing everything we can to make sure this won't happen again."

He also insisted "Robinhood Securities played this by the books," and "played it basically the only way" they could.

Explaining further, Tenev said the "temporary restrictions" were put into place "in an effort to meet increased regulatory deposit requirements, not to help hedge funds." Elsewhere in the hearing, he told lawmakers the company needed to limit the trading "until additional capital came in that allowed us to relax the restrictions," adding that there were "limited options" during what he called a "one in 3.5 million occurrence event," but that Robinhood "owns what happened."

But The New York Times writes that it seemed Tenev's responses "failed to satisfy the members of the committee" during the hearing, with Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) at one point saying "I don't blame customers for feeling treated unfairly." Brendan Morrow

February 12, 2021

After facing heavy criticism in light of a new documentary about Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake has issued an apology and promised to "do better."

In an Instagram post on Friday, Timberlake said he's "deeply sorry for the times in my life where my actions contributed to the problem, where I spoke out of turn, or did not speak up for what was right." In particular, he apologized to both Britney Spears and Janet Jackson "because I care for and respect these women and I know I failed."

Timberlake came under renewed scrutiny in the wake of Framing Britney Spears, a new documentary from The New York Times that highlights tabloid coverage of his relationship with Spears and how they each handled their breakup. The Times' Wesley Morris, for instance, describes how Timberlake "essentially weaponizes the video for one of his singles to incriminate her in the demise of the relationship," referring to the pop star's "Cry Me a River" video.

This section of the documentary also prompted additional backlash focused on the career repercussions Jackson faced after her 2004 Super Bowl halftime show performance with Timberlake, in which he briefly exposed her breast.

"I understand that I fell short in these moments and in many others and benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism," Timberlake said Friday.

Timberlake wrote that "the industry" is "designed" to set "men, especially white men, up for success," and "I have to be vocal about this" as a "man in a privileged position." He describes his apology as a "first step" that "doesn't absolve the past." He concludes, "I can do better and I will do better." Brendan Morrow

December 22, 2020

Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins has apologized and reportedly been disciplined after stirring outrage for partying without a mask.

Haskins released an apology Tuesday after photos showed him partying without wearing a mask following Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks, The Washington Post and The Associated Press report. He has since made his Twitter account private.

"I want to publicly apologize for my actions this past Sunday," Haskins tweeted. "I spoke with Coach Rivera yesterday and took full accountability for putting the team at risk. It was irresponsible and immature of me and I accept responsibility for my action."

The Washington Football Team has disciplined Haskins, the Post reports, though it reportedly wasn't clear whether that came in the form of a fine or a suspension. AP reports the team is "aware of the situation and said it's handling it internally." Haskins was already fined in October for violating COVID-19 protocols.

Haskins also said he was sorry for "creating a distraction for my team during our playoff push," vowing to "learn and grow from this and do what's best for the team moving forward." Brendan Morrow

December 8, 2020

Olivia Jade Giannulli is breaking her silence.

The 21-year-old influencer and daughter of Lori Loughlin spoke out on Tuesday in an interview on Red Table Talk, her first since the 2019 college admissions scandal. Her parents, Loughlin and fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, both pleaded guilty in the scandal after prosecutors said they paid $500,000 to get their daughters into college by having them falsely designated as crew team recruits.

"There is no justifying or excusing what happened because what happened was wrong," Jade said. "And I think every single person in my family can be like, 'That was messed up. That was a big mistake.'"

Although she offered an apology for the scandal, saying "we messed up," she also admitted she didn't initially understand the outrage.

"My thoughts are completely different now, but I remember thinking, 'How are people mad about this?' ... I was like, 'I don't really understand what's wrong with this,'" she admitted. "But I didn't realize, at the time, that's privilege. I didn't put those two together. I was like, 'Well, this is what everybody does.'"

She expressed embarrassment that "I walked around my whole 20 years of life not realizing, 'You have insane privilege. You're like the poster child of white privilege, and you had no idea.'"

Jade, who lost sponsors in the wake of the scandal last year, said she doesn't "deserve pity" but asked for "a second chance to redeem myself," ending the interview by again expressing regret that she "took my privilege and all my blessings for granted" but saying she now hopes to "move forward and do better." Watch the full conversation below. Brendan Morrow

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

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