Emily Blunt has issued an apology for insensitive comments she made about a restaurant server’s size during a talk show appearance in 2012, as the video of her remarks has recently resurfaced. In a statement provided to People on Friday, the 40-year-old actress addressed the issue directly.
Blunt expressed her shock and regret, saying, “I just need to address this head-on as my jaw was on the floor watching this clip from 12 years ago. I’m appalled that I would say something so insensitive, hurtful, and unrelated to whatever story I was trying to tell on a talk show.”
Known for her empathy and thoughtfulness, the “Oppenheimer” actress continued, “I’ve always considered myself someone who wouldn’t dream of upsetting anyone, so whatever possessed me to say anything like this at that moment is unrecognizable to me or anything I stand for. And yet it happened, and I said it, and I’m so sorry for any hurt caused. I was absolutely old enough to know better.”
The incident occurred during an episode of the UK’s “Jonathan Ross Show,” where Blunt was discussing her experiences while working on the film “Looper,” alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, and Paul Dano. The conversation took an uncomfortable turn when the host, Jonathan Ross, made a remark about Chili’s restaurants and their American customers.
Blunt inappropriately interjected with a comment about the size of the server who had attended to her during a meal at Chili’s. She also mentioned that the server had recognized her during her visit to the restaurant.
Emily Blunt’s public apology underscores her remorse for her past words and actions, reminding us all that even well-intentioned individuals can make mistakes and that taking responsibility for one’s actions is crucial in fostering understanding and empathy.