"However innocent and unintended, it was insensitive and wrong. " — Rev. Jesse Jackson apologizing for calling New York City "Hymietown...

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“However innocent and unintended, it was insensitive and wrong.”

— Rev. Jesse Jackson apologizing for calling New York City “Hymietown.”

“This is possibly the most shameful situation I’ve ever gotten myself in in my life. … Hopefully at some stage, I’ll be able to apologize directly to Nestor but at the moment, he’s not answering his phone.”

— Actor Russell Crowe, who threw a phone that hit hotel concierge Nestor Estrada.

“I realize, of course, that an apology coming from me rings hollow, but I was sorry after the act was committed and I’m sorry now.”

— Jeff Gillooly, ex-husband of ice skater Tonya Harding, who helped plan the kneecapping of Nancy Kerrigan.

“It was not my intention that it go as far as it did. I apologize to anyone offended.”

— Janet Jackson, after exposing her breast during the infamous Super Bowl “wardrobe malfunction.”

Source: “My Bad: 25 Years of Public Apologies and the Appalling Behavior That Inspired Them,” Bloomsbury Publishing, 2006