British actress Emily Blunt is facing backlash and apologizing for a 2012 interview in which she made disparaging comments about a female server at a Chili’s restaurant. The resurfaced interview, which occurred on the “Jonathan Ross Show,” has caused a stir in the media.
In the interview, Blunt was promoting her film “Looper” and shared her experience of filming in Thibodaux, Louisiana, where she found herself dining at a Chili’s restaurant. Host Jonathan Ross made a comment about the restaurant chain, saying, “When you go to Chili’s, you can see why so many of our American friends [are] enormous.” To this, Blunt responded, “Well, the girl who was serving me was enormous. You know, I think she got freebie meals at Chili’s,” making light of the server’s appearance.
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Upon the resurfacing of this clip from 12 years ago, Emily Blunt issued a public statement expressing deep remorse for her insensitive and hurtful comments. She acknowledged that her remarks were unrelated to the story she was trying to tell on the talk show and that she had always considered herself someone who wouldn’t intentionally upset anyone.
She stated, “I just need to address this head on as my jaw was on the floor watching this clip from 12-years ago,” the actress said in a statement obtained by Fox News Digital. “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.”
“I’ve always considered myself someone who wouldn’t dream of upsetting anyone so whatever possessed me to say anything like this in that moment is unrecognizable to me or anything I stand for,” she clarified.
“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 “Edge of Tomorrow” actress stated.
Emily Blunt, known for her roles in movies like “Edge of Tomorrow,” is married to actor John Krasinski. Recently, she had shared her intention to step away from the spotlight to spend more time with her daughters, a decision unrelated to the current controversy.
The resurfacing of old interviews and comments by celebrities has become increasingly common in the age of social media and heightened public awareness regarding sensitive issues like body shaming. Blunt’s case is another reminder of the power of social media to hold public figures accountable for their past actions and comments.
In response to Blunt’s apology, opinions on social media have been divided, with some expressing understanding and forgiveness, while others continue to criticize her for her past remarks.