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6 Nov, 2015

Apology in South Africa

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South African H&M issues an apology after the backlash from a series of tweets implying that white models have a more positive image. The chain clarifies they did not intend to offend anyone.

In no way does H&M state that positivity is linked to an ethnic group. H&M is proudly a global brand that embraces all people who are inspired by fashion, regardless of ethnic background, gender or culture. We wish to [apologize] if our message has caused [offense] in any way as this was not the intention.

22 Oct, 2015

Apologizes for ad campaign

Airbnb adAirbnb apologizes for a series of outdoor ads that criticize San Francisco’s hotel taxes. The company is currently spending $8 million to fight Proposition F, which seeks to restrict unregistered short-term rentals. The company argues that the city won’t be able to collect as many tax dollars from its services if the ballot is pushed through.

The intent was to show the hotel tax contribution from our hosts and guests, which is roughly $1 million per month. It was the wrong tone and we apologize to anyone who was offended. These ads are being taken down immediately.

21 Oct, 2015

Apologizes to developers

At the Twitter Flight Developer Conference Dorsey apologizes for Twitter’s past behavior and says he is committed to try to improve developer relations.

Our relationship with developers got confusing, unpredictable. We want to come to you today and apologize for the confusion…We need to have a better conversation with our developer community, with everyone in this room… We can’t stand alone. We need your help…Tweet at us what you’d like to see at Twitter. Tweet with the hashtag #helloworld, we will take all of this information and input to make decisions over time to make sure the platform is something you’re proud of and will use more and more.

13 Oct, 2015


T.I. issues an apology for his comments about women and the presidency.

5 Oct, 2015

‘Black Lives Matter’ cup apology

Dunkin Donuts BlackLivesMatterA police officer buying a coffee at a Rhode Island Dunkin’ Donuts says that the employee serving him seemed “somewhat rude and appeared as though they did not want to serve the officer.” He later discovers that the employee had written “#blacklivesmatter” on the cup. Police union:

The negativity displayed by the #Blacklivesmatter organization towards police across this nation is creating a hostile environment that is not resolving any problems or issues, but making it worse for our communities. They are doing this by increasing tensions amongst police and the people they serve.


The franchise owner has apologized to the police officer on behalf of Dunkin’ Donuts, and he has counseled the employee about her behavior.

26 Sep, 2015

Apologizes to Cook

Sorkin apologizes to Cook

I think that Tim Cook and I probably both went a little too far. And I apologize to Tim Cook. I hope when he sees the movie, he enjoys it as much as I enjoy his products.

21 Sep, 2015

Admits dishonesty with regulators and public

VW U.S. President and CEO Horn admits to the emissions scandal at an event in Brooklyn, New York:

Our company was dishonest, with the EPA and the California Air Resources Borad, and with all of you. And, and . and in our German words, we have totally screwed up. We must fix the cars to prevent this from ever happening again, and we have to make things right, with the Government, The public, our customer, our employees, and also, very important, with our dealers. This kind of behavior is totally inconsistent with our qualities. We are committed to do what must be done and to begin to restore your trust. We will pay what we have to pay.

Volkswagen could face a fine of up to $18 billion (£11.6 billion), criminal charges for its executives, and legal action from customers and shareholders. The US Department of Justice is likely to conduct a criminal investigation.

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16 Sep, 2015

Apologizes for diversity remarks

Damon apologizes for his comments on diversity:

I believe deeply that there need to be more diverse filmmakers making movies. I love making movies. It’s what I have chosen to do with my life and I want every young person watching Project Greenlight to believe that filmmaking is a viable form of creative expression for them too. My comments were part of a much broader conversation about diversity in Hollywood and the fundamental nature of Project Greenlight which did not make the show. I am sorry that they offended some people, but, at the very least, I am happy that they started a conversation about diversity in Hollywood. That is an ongoing conversation that we all should be having

2 Sep, 2015

Apologizes after employee refuses to serve police officer

Arby’s apologizes to Florida’s Pembroke Pines Police Department after Kenneth Davenport, 19,  allegedly refuses to serve one an officer at the drive-thru. When the officer drove to the pickup window, the store manager told him that the clerk “doesn’t want to serve you because you are a police officer.” The manager had to order Davenport to process the officer’s credit card. The officer expressed displeasure and concern about the safety of the food to the manager and was given a refund.  The manager also allegedly told the officer that the clerk “has the right to refuse to serve” you. Arby’s:

We take this isolated matter very seriously as we respect and support police officers in our local communities. We will be following up with our team members to be sure that our policy of inclusion is understood and adhered to.

31 Aug, 2015

Apologizes for racial slur

Hogan apologizes on Good Morning America, for calling his daughter’s boyfriend a “nigger”.

I’m not a racist but I never should have said what I said. It was wrong. I’m embarrassed by it…If anybody should have disowned me it should have been her,’ said Hogan. ‘I was upset about something that happened between her and her boyfriend…Please forgive me.

He says he was suicidal:

I was to the point where I wanted to kill myself, you know? I was completely broken and destroyed and said, ‘What’s the easiest way out of this?’ I mean, I was lost. I’ve worked for the WWE for almost 30 years off and on… and then all of a sudden, everything I’ve done my whole career and my whole life was like it never happened.

Hogan also says he inherited racial bias from growing up in Port Tampa

People need to realize that you inherit things from your environment. And where I grew up was south Tampa, Port Tampa, and it was a really rough neighborhood, very low income. And all my friends, we greeted each other saying that word…I would say that is very fair [that I inherited a racial bias]. ‘I think that was part of the culture and the environment I grew up in and I think that’s fair to say.

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23 Aug, 2015

Apologizes for Ashley Madison sign up

Ashton apologizes for signing up for Ashley Madison website. He says he signed up while using his personal laptop at work two years ago using his personal credit card and personal email address. He says he never had an affair and “no laws have been broken” in using the website.

I deeply regret my affiliation with the site, which has caused a great amount of stress and heartache to my wife and children. I want to publicly apologize to each of them for this embarrassment and my blatant disregard for their feelings. I indulged curiosity about the site, but never went beyond that.

22 Aug, 2015

Ashley Madison apology

Rader issues a video saying that he set up an account on Ashley Madison two years ago – before he started vlogging – with the intention of having an affair, but ‘never came to close’ to actually being with another woman. He says that both his spouse and God have forgiven him for his actions:

I did make the account. I made the account two years ago. This is an issue that is in our past. This was before I got onto YouTube. I brought this to our church at the time, when I first started… this was brought to my wife’s attention. She has forgiven me for this mistake that I have made in opening the account. I sought forgiveness to God and he has forgiven me. So I’ve been completely cleansed of this sin…I need to be clear that I never had an affair with anybody ever while I’ve been married. This account was opened out of pure fleshly desire and just simple curiosity.

Nia Rader:

I have forgiven Sam and I stand behind him. This is in our past and it’s unfortunate that it’s being dug up right now but our marriage is worth fighting for and it always will be…Marriage is the real deal.

21 Aug, 2015

Apologizes to ‘Women I’ve Hurt’

Dre responds to allegations of domestic abuse. While he does not address each allegation individually, he says:

Twenty-five years ago I was a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no real structure in my life. However, none of this is an excuse for what I did. I’ve been married for 19 years and every day I’m working to be a better man for my family, seeking guidance along the way. I’m doing everything I can so I never resemble that man again…I apologize to the women I’ve hurt. I deeply regret what I did and know that it has forever impacted all of our lives.

29 Jul, 2015

Apologizes to customers

Walter Palmer dental office imagePalmer apologizes to his customers for having to close his dental practice. The practice has become a memorial to the lion, with red roses and more than a dozen stuffed animals laid outside the locked front door.

To my valued patients: As you may have already heard, I have been in the news over the last few days for reasons that have nothing to do with my profession or the care I provide for you. I want you to know of this situation and my involvement. In addition to spending time with my family, one of my passions outside dentistry is hunting. I’ve been a life-long hunter since I was a child growing up in North Dakota. I don’t often talk about hunting with my patients because it can be a divisive and emotionally charged topic. I understand and respect that not everyone shares the same views on hunting.

Again, I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion. That was never my intention. The media interest in this matter – along with a substantial number of comments and calls from people who are angered by this situation and by the practice of hunting in general – has disrupted our business and our ability to see our patients. For that disruption, I apologize profoundly for this inconvenience and promise you that we will do our best to resume normal operations as soon as possible.

28 Jul, 2015

Rape comment apology

Cohen apologizes for his comment that “you cannot rape your spouse.” Non-consensual sex between spouses does constitute as rape, experts say. He made this comment while trying to defend trump from comments made by Ivana Trump.

As an attorney, husband and father there are many injustices that offend me but nothing more than charges of rape or racism. They hit me at my core. Rarely am I surprised by the press, but the gall of this particular reporter to make such a reprehensible and false allegation against Mr. Trump truly stunned me. In my moment of shock and anger, I made an inarticulate comment – which I do not believe — and which I apologize for entirely.

24 Jul, 2015

Apologizes for racist slurs

Hogan apologizes for racial remarks made eight years ago in unauthorized sex tape. The apology comes after The National Enquirer releases a transcript that includes the n-word.

Eight years ago I used offensive language during a conversation. It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it; and I apologize for having done it. I believe very strongly that every person in the world is important and should not be treated differently based on race, gender, orientation, religious beliefs or otherwise. I am disappointed with myself that I used language that is offensive and inconsistent with my own beliefs.

20 Jul, 2015

Apologizes for wartime slave labor

Mitsubishi Materials s the first major Japanese company to apologize for using U.S. prisoners of war as slave labour during World War II. Six prisoner-of-war camps in Japan were linked to the Mitsubishi conglomerate during the war, and they held 2,041 prisoners, more than 1,000 of whom were American. At the time of liberation, four sites held about 876 American prisoners of war. Twenty-seven Americans died in those camps. Company:

Today we apologize remorsefully for the tragic events in our past.

Many of those that survived the forced labour camps were in the audience. Survivor:

This is a glorious day. For 70 years we wanted this.


Video apology

Grande gives a second apology for her comments in a YouTube video, recorded while she is recovering from oral surgery:

I feel like in the apology I posted, I missed my opportunity to sincerely apologize and express how I was feeling because I was too busy preaching about my issues with the food industry. I could have expressed myslef in a better way. Here I am apologizing again.

I’ve actually never been prouder to be an American, to be honest with you. Advances that we’ve made in the past couple of months and all the wonderful progressive things that have been going on, I’ve never been prouder of this country, actually. Seeing a video of yourself behaving poorly — that you have no idea was taken — is such a rude awakening, that you don’t know what to do. I was so disgusted with myself. I’d like to shove my face in a pillow. I apologize for my poor choice of word and for my behavior.

9 Jul, 2015

Apologizes for colonial era

Pope Francis offers a direct apology during his Bolivia tour10pope1-articleLarge for the complicity of the Roman Catholic Church for the oppression of Latin America during the colonial era, even as he calls for a global social movement to shatter a “new colonialism” that fosters inequality, materialism and the exploitation of the poor.

Some may rightly say, ‘When the pope speaks of colonialism, he overlooks certain actions of the church,’ I say this to you with regret: Many grave sins were committed against the native people of America in the name of God. I humbly ask forgiveness, not only for the offense of the church herself, but also for crimes committed against the native peoples during the so-called conquest of America.

8 Jul, 2015

Apologizes: ‘I love my country’

Grande apologizes for her comments in the donut shop:

I am EXTREMELY proud to be an American and I’ve always made it clear that I love my country. What I said in a private moment with my friend, who was buying the donuts, was taken out of context and I am sorry for not using more discretion with my choice of words.,,As an advocate for healthy eating, food is very important to me and I sometimes get upset by how freely we as Americans eat and consume things without giving any thought to the consequences that it has on our health and society as a whole. The fact that the United States has one of the highest child obesity rates in the world frustrates me.  We need to do more to educate ourselves and our children about the dangers of overeating and the poison that we put into our bodies.  We need to demand more from our food industry. However I should have known better in how I expressed myself; and with my new responsibility to others as a public figure I will strive to be better. As for why I cannot be at the MLB show, I have had emergency oral surgery and due to recovery I cannot attend the show. I hope to make it up to all those fans soon. That being said let me once again apologize if I have offended anyone with my poor choice of words.

6 Jul, 2015

Pao apologizes

Pao makes an announcement as to how she plans on fixing her mistakes on Reddit.

We screwed up. Not just on July 2, but also over the past several years. We haven’t communicated well, and we have surprised moderators and the community with big changes. We have apologized and made promises to you, the moderators and the community, over many years, but time and again, we haven’t delivered on them. When you’ve had feedback or requests, we haven’t always been responsive. The mods and the community have lost trust in me and in us, the administrators of reddit.

Today, we acknowledge this long history of mistakes. We are grateful for all you do for reddit, and the buck stops with me …

I know these are just words, and it may be hard for you to believe us. I don’t have all the answers, and it will take time for us to deliver concrete results. I mean it when I say we screwed up, and we want to have a meaningful ongoing discussion. I know we’ve drifted out of touch with the community as we’ve grown and added more people, and we want to connect more. I and the team are committed to talking more often with the community, starting now.

Thank you for listening. Please share feedback here. Our team is ready to respond to comments.

3 Jul, 2015

Pao apologizes

Pao apologizes to the Reddit community for how the company handled Taylor’s firing.

I’m sorry we let our community down yesterday. We should have informed our community moderators about the transition and worked through it with them…Most of the community is made up of thoughtful people, and they can appreciate what we all do, even if we don’t always agree.

Pao also say the tens of thousands of calls from irate users for her to resign do not faze her.

It’s an exciting job. We’re doing a lot behind the scenes that people have not seen yet.

1 Jul, 2015

Photo mislabelling apology

Google apologises for its photo recognition software mislabelling a black couple as being “gorillas”.

We’re appalled and genuinely sorry that this happened, we are taking immediate action to prevent this type of result from appearing. There is still clearly a lot of work to do with automatic image labelling, and we’re looking at how we can prevent these types of mistakes from happening in the future. [The Company is] also working on longer-term fixes around both linguistics – words to be careful about in photos of people – and image recognition itself – eg better recognition of dark-skinned faces.

24 Jun, 2015

Apologizes to victims

As part of the formal sentencing proceedings, 24 people give victim impact statements at the sentencing in federal court. After the statements, Tsarnaev apologizes to the victims and survivors of the terror attack:

I am guilty of the bombing, let there be no lingering question about that. After the bombing, i learned victims’ names and saw their faces. I also wish more people had the chance to testify. “I am sorry for the lives that I’ve taken, the sorrow I have caused. I have done irreparable damage. I pray for Allah to bestow mercy upon those I killed and their families. I ask Allah to have mercy upon everyone here today, on my and my brother…. Thank you

15 May, 2015

On air apology

Stephanopoulos apologizes live on Good Morning America:

Over the last several years, I have made substantial donations to dozens of charities, including the Clinton Global Foundation. Those donations were a matter of public record. But I should have made additional disclosures on-air when we covered the foundation and I now believe directing personal donations to that foundation was a mistake. Even though I made them strictly to support work done to stop the spread of AIDS, help children and protect the environment in poor countries, I should have gone the extra mile to avoid even the appearance of a conflict. I apologize to all of you for failing to do that.

14 May, 2015

Clinton donations apology

Politico reports that Stephanopoulos has not disclosed donations of $75,000 to The Clinton Foundation, while reporting on the Clintons or the organization. Stephanopoulos issues an apology:

I made charitable donations to the Foundation in support of the work they’re doing on global AIDS prevention and deforestation, causes I care about deeply,” he said. “I thought that my contributions were a matter of public record. However, in hindsight, I should have taken the extra step of personally disclosing my donations to my employer and to the viewers on air during the recent news stories about the Foundation. I apologize.

ABC also issues a statement:

He should have taken the extra step to notify us and our viewers during the recent news reports about the Foundation. He’s admitted to an honest mistake and apologized for that omission. We stand behind him.

Sources say Stephanopoulos gives to dozens of charities every year and that the total sum of these annual contributions is in the millions of dollars.

5 May, 2015

Apologizes for death of Fred Weasley

Rowling apologizes for the death of Fred Weasley, who was killed in The Battle of Hogwarts:

Today I would just like to say: I’m really sorry about Fred. *Bows head in acceptance of your reasonable ire*…I thought I might apologise for one death per anniversary. Fred was the worst for me, so I started with him.

29 Apr, 2015


The Nasdaq stock market apologizes for early release of Twitter results. Official statement:

The posting was caused by an operational issue that exposed the release on Twitter’s IR [investor relations] website for approximately 45 seconds.

23 Apr, 2015

Hostage killings apology

Obama apologies for killing of two hostages in US drone attack on an al-Qaeda base.

This morning I has expressed my grief and condolences to the families of two hostages – one American, Warren Weinstein, and an Italian, Giovanni Lo Porto – who were tragically killed in a US counter-terrorism operation. Warren and Giovanni were aid workers in Pakistan devoted to improving the lives of the Pakistani people.


21 Apr, 2015

Slavery censorship apology

Affleck apologizes for trying to conceal his slave-owning ancestors from the PBS documentary Finding Your Roots.

After an exhaustive search of my ancestry for Finding Your Roots, it was discovered that one of my distant relatives was an owner of slaves. I didn’t want any television show about my family to include a guy who owned slaves. I was embarrassed. The very thought left a bad taste in my mouth. Skip [Gates] decided what went into the show. I lobbied him the same way I lobby directors about what takes of mine I think they should use. This is the collaborative creative process. Skip agreed with me on the slave owner but made other choices I disagreed with. In the end, it’s his show and I knew that going in. I’m proud to be his friend and proud to have participated…I regret my initial thoughts that the issue of slavery not be included in the story. We deserve neither credit nor blame for our ancestors and the degree of interest in this story suggests that we are, as a nation, still grappling with the terrible legacy of slavery. It is an examination well worth continuing. I am glad that my story, however indirectly, will contribute to that discussion. While I don’t like that the guy is an ancestor, I am happy that aspect of our country’s history is being talked about.

17 Apr, 2015

Vows to regain trust

Manziel apologizes to the Browns organization and fans.

I would like to thank my family, friends, the Browns organization, my teammates, and Browns fans everywhere, for your patience, understanding, and support during my stay at Caron. The doctors and staff have been amazing and what I’ve learned in the last couple of months has been tremendous. I owe private apologies to a lot of people that I disappointed but a very public one to the Browns organization and the fans that I let down.

I take full responsibility for my actions and it’s my intention to work very hard to regain everyone’s trust and respect. I understand that will take time and will only happen through what I do and not what I say. I also understand there’s a lot of curiosity about this but anyone who has a friend or family-member that’s been through things like this knows it’s an ongoing process. I’m going to continue to ask folks to try to respect my privacy as I determine to what degree I am comfortable talking about a subject which I consider very personal. Most of you have been considerate about that and I thank you for it.

I look forward to seeing my teammates next week and focusing on football and my desire to be the best possible player, teammate, and man that I can be.

27 Mar, 2015

Apologizes to police

Henson apologizes to the Glendale Police Department for her allegations that the police had racially profiled her son.

I would like to publicly apologize to the officer and the Glendale Police Department. A mother’s job is not easy and neither is a police officer’s. Sometimes as humans WE over react without gathering all of the facts. As a mother in this case I over reacted and for that I apologize. Thank you to that officer for being kind to my son.

23 Mar, 2015


Netanyahu apologizes to Israel’s Arabic citizens for remarks which offended members of the community.

I know that my comments last week offended some Israeli citizens and offended members of the Israeli-Arab community. This was never my intent. I apologize for this.

19 Mar, 2015


US Weekly apologizes for publishing fake quotes from Jenner about her father, Bruce Jenner’s, reported transition

On Wednesday, March 18, Us Weekly published on an interview with model and reality star Kendall Jenner entitled “Kendall Jenner Breaks Silence on Bruce Jenner’s Transition: ‘I Will Always Love My Dad.’” The interview was allegedly conducted by an independent freelance journalist at the Saturday, March 14, taping of Comedy Central’s roast of Justin Bieber in Los Angeles. When Ms. Jenner denied, via Twitter, that the interview took place, Us Weekly immediately reached out to the freelance reporter. He stood by the interview, and continues to maintain that the quotes are accurate. However, after attempting to reconfirm his account, editors of Us have concerns about the veracity of this interview and the circumstances under which it was obtained. We would like to retract the story entirely and have removed it from our website. We sincerely apologize to Ms. Jenner and her family.

15 Mar, 2015

Roast apology

Bieber apologizes for his behavior in recent years during the taping of his Comedy Central roast.

I turned a lot of people off over the past few years, but I know I can still turn out good music and turn everything all around…I’ve lost some of my best qualities. For that, I am sorry. I’m looking forward to being someone who you guys can all look at and be proud of.

24 Feb, 2015

Issues apology

Rancic offers an on-air, minute-long apology to Zendaya regarding her comments about the artist’s dreadlocks.

This incident has taught me to be a lot more aware of cliches and stereotypes — how much damage they can do. And I am responsibile, as we all are, to not perpetuate them further.

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Twitter rant suspension

Makes Statement

ESPN suspends Olbermann for one week following his Twitter exchange with Penn State students regarding a story about a Penn State charity event that raised more than $13 million to help support children fighting pediatric cancer. Olbermann later apologizes for his posts via Twitter. ESPN:

It was completely inappropriate and does not reflect the views of ESPN. We have discussed it with Keith, who recognizes he was wrong. ESPN and Keith have agreed that he will not host his show for the remainder of this week and will return on Monday. The annual tradition of THON [the fundraising event] and the efforts of the students of Penn State to fight pediatric cancer should be applauded.

18 Feb, 2015

Issues apology

Afroman issues an apology for punching a concert goer on TMZ Live. Afroman claims he is seeking help for anxiety.

I’m here to apologize. I need some help. It was wrong. What happened shouldn’t have happened.

17 Feb, 2015

Issues apology

Krispy Kreme issues an apology after a store located in Hull, England uses “KKK Wednesday” to advertise its Krispy Kreme Klub promotion.

We do believe this was a completely unintentional oversight on the part of our longtime franchise partners in the U.K. We are truly sorry for any inconvenience or offense this misstep may have caused our fans.

2 Jan, 2015

Apologizes via Instagram

Cuoco apologizes for comments she makes about feminism in an interview with Redbook, via Instagram.

In my Redbook article, some people have taken offense to my comments regarding feminism. If any of you are in the ‘biz’ you are well aware of how words can be taken out of context. I’m completely blessed and grateful that strong women have paved the way for my success along with many others. I apologize if anyone was offended. Anyone that truly knows me, knows my heart and knows what I meant.

25 Nov, 2014

Journalists apologize

Journalists who have reported about Cosby over the past 40 year apologize for failing to follow up on sexual abuse allegations. Whitaker, his official biographer, responds to a New York Times column criticizing him and other journalists:

I was wrong to not deal with the sexual assault charges against Cosby and pursue them more aggressively.

A New York Post columnist, Richard Johnson, says the National Enquirer ran a story about Cosby’s daughter Erinn’s battles with drugs and alcohol, that Cosby himself gave to the paper in 1989 in exchange for killing a story about Cosby’s alleged infidelity with showgirls.