Last week on Craig Ferguson’s “Late Late Show,” Ferguson playfully drew Guy Pearce into an anti-Canberra riff. (Canberra is the capitol of Australia). At one point in the show, Pearce remarked that ”there’s a lot wrong about Canberra’,’ that ”people from Canberra usually deny they are from Canberra” and Kylie Minogue would ”hate” Ferguson for suggesting she was from Canberra.
That doesn’t sound terribly offensive, and I’m guessing it sounded more tongue-in-cheek in the context of the running joke on the show. All the same, Guy Pearce — gentleman, humanitarian, dickhead — offered his most sincere apologies in a manner that suggested he was actually apologetic.
I’m writing to sincerely apologise for the comments I recently made about Canberra on the USA talk show ‘Craig Ferguson’
I’m such a twit for doing this and feel so embarrassed and mortified at what I said.
I regretted it as soon as I walked off the set. I stupidly ran with a joke which I took too far for no other reason than to get laughs and I know I’ve offended many Canberrans and Australians in general.
I feel horrible about myself for doing this and I’m truly very sorry.
The thing is, what I said doesn’t even reflect my true feelings. I actually really like Canberra, and in the few times I’ve been I’ve really enjoyed it and found it to be extremely beautiful, so I’m so sorry for being such a dickhead.
I have no excuse for doing what I did. I’m so proud of Australia and that I get to still WORK AND LIVE here and the last thing I want is alienate anyone or offend them.
Please accept my apology. I give you permission to abuse me in the street and tell me my films are crap …
Again, my sincerest apologies,
Oh, Guy: You’re films really are mostly crap, but you’re a great actor and a class act, and you’ve made so many good films, you get a lifetime pass.
(Source: The Sydney Morning Herald)