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Dec 16, 2009 10:11 AM by Bea Karnes

Yeah, right! Not quite believable apologies

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

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