With the rise of camera phones and TMZ paparazzi, celebrities have to watch what they do and say more than ever.

Jonah Hill recently found himself in some hot water after hurling a homophobic slur at a persistent photographer. The actor issued a heartfelt apology Tuesday on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

“I bought it. I thought he was very heartfelt,” Carson said. “He took ownership of it and then he lamented it.”


But not all celebrities are as convincing as Hill. Earlier this morning, Carson ranked the three worst public apologies he’s ever seen.

1. Tiger Woods: “In the case of Tiger, he just was clearly reading notes that a publicist wrote for him.”

2. Lance Armstrong: “Lance was all screwed up with zero emotions.”

3. Paula Deen: “She’s just seemingly more sorry about the scandal itself than she’s sorry about the hurt that came from the words that she allegedly used. Sometimes that the problem.”

So how do you craft a meaningful and heartfelt public statement? Carson offered up three major bullet points.

“Number one, ditch the script. Don’t write anything. Number two, talk from the heart. If you’re really that sorry, it should be very easy to do. Number three, don’t make any excuses.”

-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles


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