Dec 16, 2009 10:11 AM by Bea Karnes
David Letterman spent a lot of time apologizing this year--from affairs with staffers to inappropriate jokes about Sarah Palin's daughter--Letterman was busy crafting mea culpas.
And Letterman wasn't alone. 2009 was filled with celebrity apologies. Some seemed genuinely sincere, while others appeared to be made while a publicist was standing over them with a big stick.
HCD Research asked Americans to rank five celebrity apologies based on sincerity. Least believable: Jaimee Grubbs' apology to Tiger Woods' wife, Elin Nordegren, for having an affair with the golfer. Most believable: Chris Brown's apology to Rihanna for physically abusing her.
Here's the complete ranking:
Chris Brown apologizing for assaulting Rihanna 17.2
David Letterman's sex scandal confession 4.3
Governor Mark Sanford apologizing for his affair 3.2
David Letterman apologizing for Palin joke -2.3
Jaimee Grubbs apologizing to Tiger Woods' wife -5.9