Quincy Jones Apologizes for ‘Silly Things I’ve Said’ In Recent Interviews


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Quincy Jones landed in hot water with the children of Richard Pryor and Marlon Brando. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

Quincy Jones made headlines over the past month when he divulged personal details about his famous celebrity pals and his past and now he’s saying he’s sorry.

The legendary producer became a trending topic online when he declared in GQ he had 22 girlfriends and that having no mother made him a “dog.” Then, while speaking to Vulture, he said Michael Jackson stole another musician’s songs and alleged Richard Pryor and Marlon Brando had had sex.

Jones has remained mum since then but broke his silence Thursday, Feb. 22 saying that his six daughters staged a “family intervention” two weekends ago to call him out on his “word vomit.”

“I HAVE LEARNED MY LESSON!” he said in a lengthy Twitter post. “Let me tell you, I am so grateful for my daughters because they are not afraid to stand up to their daddy. I am an imperfect human & I’m not afraid to say it. I’m sorry & I’m not afraid to say it.”

Jones went on to say spending the last three years as a recovering alcoholic has made him share details about events “which do NOT paint the full picture of my intentions nor experiences.”

“Even at 85, it’s apparent that ‘word vomit’ and bad-mouthing is inexcusable,” he said. “I’ve already reached out to my friends privately, but when you live a public life, you have a responsibility to be an example & since I do live a public life I wanted to make a public apology.

“I am sorry to anyone to whom my words offended & I’m especially sorry to my friends who are still here with me & to those who aren’t,” he wrote, thanking them for their “grace” before concluding, “I encourage you all to please grow with me & keep on keepin’ on. Love, an 85-year-old bow-legged man who is still learning from his mistakes.”

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