As the downfall of Harvey Weinstein triggered an avalanche of allegations of sexual misconduct in Hollywood, the end of 2017 saw a rush of celebrities apologizing for horrific behavior: Kevin Spacey. Matt Lauer. Mario Batali. Charlie Rose. Louis C.K. (Of course, some of their apologies were problematic as well.)
But throughout the rest of the year, as is tradition, multiple celebrities also committed other missteps and had to say they were sorry — and we rounded up the most ridiculous of the bunch.
Danced with a kangaroo onstage at a comedy show.
In April, Mike Epps surprised a Detroit audience by bringing out a kangaroo onstage during a comedy routine. As you might expect, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) was not pleased with this particular stunt. “Look I wanna sincerely apologize to everybody,” Epps later wrote on Instagram. “I don’t own the kangaroo and did not mean any harm to the animal it got outta hand and I am sorry.”
Said that people from Newfoundland are stupid.
On an appearance during “Real Time With Bill Maher” in August, magician Penn Jillette tried to set up a joke about his Newfoundland roots by pronouncing, “I’m probably from Newfoundland, which is just a euphemism for stupid.” Canadian viewers were very upset, and Jillette profusely apologized after the show: “I was setting up a bit we didn’t get to. I failed and I’m sorry. I’m an idiot.”
Inadvertently flashed fans on Snapchat.
While waiting to get a spray tan in October, a topless Chrissy Teigen crossed her arm over herself as she posted a video on Snapchat — except her arm didn’t cover everything. After fans alerted her about this exposure, the model delivered a typically deadpan apology: “I just want to apologize to everyone I know. I’ve let my friends down. I’ve let my family down. I have nipples. It’s not something I’m proud of.”
Said being friends with Taylor Swift is like having a friend with an autoimmune disease.
Pop star Lorde tried to describe to the Guardian what it was like being close friends with a superstar like Swift. “It’s like having a friend with very specific allergies,” she said in June. “There are certain places you can’t go together. Certain things you can’t do. … It’s like having a friend with an autoimmune disease.” After fans criticized that particular analogy, Lorde tweeted her apology: “i f—ed up & that was really insensitive. i’m sorry.”
Filmed an apparent “ISIS-style execution video.”
Rod Stewart was hanging with friends before a concert in Abu Dhabi in March when, according to Politico, someone filmed this now-deleted video: “Stewart appears to get a male friend to kneel down, hold him by the hair and make what looks like a cutting motion across his throat.” Stewart denied that he was depicting an Islamic State-style execution, and said it was actually supposed to mimic a scene from “Game of Thrones”: “Understandably, this has been misinterpreted and I send my deepest apologies to those who have been offended.”
Criticized Mariah Carey’s New Year’s Eve performance.
Josh Groban was far from the only person snarking about Carey’s disastrous lip-syncing incident when he tweeted, “Any time one of the greatest voices of my generation lip syncs an angel loses its wings.” But you don’t want to anger Carey’s fans — after a backlash the next day, Groban expressed regret for making fun of a fellow singer. “Deleted my tweets about a certain performance because it was made in humor but taken way more meanly than intended. Not out to diss artists.”
Complained about looking fat in a photo.
Actress Lucy Hale wrote, “Ugh, I was so fat” when she posted an Instagram photo of herself with her dad on Father’s Day. Fans took issue with this characterization from the very svelte star, who deleted the comment. “I’m extremely sorry if my comment about my weight offended anyone,” Hale tweeted. “I know people look up to me and I should be way more aware of what I say sometimes.”
Called “The Bachelor” winner a “consolation prize.”
“Bachelorette” Rachel Lindsay chose Bryan Abasolo in the season finale, but lots of viewers saw him as the obvious second choice after Lindsay’s wrenching breakup with the other finalist, Peter Kraus, who wasn’t ready to get engaged. Still, after contestant Eric Bigger called Abasolo a “consolation prize” on a talk show in August, he later apologized: “There is no ill will, no disrespect, I’m just calling what I saw. Forgive me, I apologize, but it’s all love.”
Forgot to introduce Metallica before they performed.
At the Grammy Awards in February, actress Laverne Cox introduced a performance by “eight-time Grammy award winners and six-time Grammy winner, Lady Gaga!” Missing from that sentence? The band Metallica, the aforementioned eight-time Grammy award winner. Cox didn’t realize her mistake until later. “I am so sorry to #Metallica and all their fans. I am told I didn’t say their names during the intro. Love you Metallica. You Rock,” she tweeted.
Conjured an image of President Trump defecating on a desk.
During a back-and-forth with Jeffrey Lord about the president in May, CNN’s Anderson Cooper told the conservative pundit that, “If [Trump] took a dump on his desk, you would defend it.” Cooper apologized on-air, and later tweeted that he regretted that “crude sentence”: “It was unprofessional. I am genuinely sorry.”