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March 23rd, 2012
01:08 PM ET

Only in America: Apology overkill

On Thursday's edition of "Piers Morgan Tonight," the host used his "Only in America" segment to make one general request to the public: stop apologizing.

"I'm sorry! I'm really, really, really sorry about everything," began Piers Morgan. "Because one thing's for sure. I'm going to offend somebody, in the next couple of minutes. Somewhere out there, someone's going to be really upset."

Referencing Robert De Niro's recent "white first lady" quip, the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host searched for America's seemingly lost sense of humor, wondering why the demand for "groveling apologies" has grown to such a heightened extreme:

"When did a harmless joke become a criminal offense? On the left, on the right, or on the GOP campaign trail, any attempt at humor is now met with instant ferocious condemnation and gaffes of full outrage."

Quoting from from political satirist and comedian Bill Maher's recent op-ed in the New York Times, Morgan shared: "Let's have an amnesty...on every made-up, fake, totally insincere, playacted, hurt, insult, slight and affront. Let's make this Sunday the National Day of No Outrage."

While he's not ready to give truly offensive rhetoric or insulting commentary a pass, the host whole-heartedly agreed with Maher's unapologetic attitude.

In the words of Morgan, "Only in America": "With regard to all the innocuous asides of politicians, pundits, co-workers, your neighbors, let's just get a grip, shall we? Instead of pretending to take imaginary offense. Have a laugh. Go on."
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  1. Ryan

    Does he feel the same about Obama's constant apologies?

    March 23, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Philpot

    Look at you, trying to pretend that somehow the public is the root of the problem. The media creates these stories, singling out quotes, taking them out of context, to gin up controversies that will bring in viewers. Watch any talk show, and you'll get that kind of focus, because it's easier than talking about complex issues and it inflates viewer numbers. You've probably ginned up a controversy of that kind yourself Piers–that's how you get to be a tabloid editor in the first place. In future, spare us the sanctimony–at least until such time as you can practice what you preach.

    March 23, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. OLI

    Not often I agree with Piers Morgan – but he is right this time. Politically correctness has gone insane and the mild stuff is being blown out of proportion

    March 23, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Scott

    Sounds exactly like Bill Maher's opinion in the NTY (dated 3/21): http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/22/opinion/please-stop-apologizing.html?src=tp&smid=fb-share

    March 23, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Royford - the hell am I into now?

    Not just in America. Canadian's are so in the PC bag that practically no one bothers to wit at all. We're not actually nice, we're afraid of confrontation. Shhhhh.

    March 23, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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  6. miguel guajardo

    i really like how Piers Morgan interviews his guests he really impressed me when he just reran the funeral of Whitney Houston and how he treats all his guests respectfully yet asks them all the questions that we want the answers to.

    March 24, 2012 at 5:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Petrina

    PC does go too far at times, but does that mean we go to the opposite extreme & lose the concept of respect?

    Give a thought to how much black people have endured & suffered to get to the point where we have an African-American First Lady. To call her "white" minimizes the journey of those who fought & died for her right to be there. It tells all African-Americans: don't educate yourself; don't struggle to better your life, stay in your place. If u don't, we will take away your African heritage, call you white. We will not honor your perserverance or your achievements through adversity.

    Harmless quip? I say it's a disrespectful, bigoted remark intended to cause injury & insult.

    March 24, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Steve

    I hate piers. But he's absolutely right on this.

    March 24, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Mort Su llivan

    RE: Joke Deniro told.
    Let's fast forward to, say, the 2016 presidential election or post-Obama administration. Let's say another African American is running for President only the joke is "is America really ready for another black first lady?" White America
    would never hear the end of it...............there would probably be rioting in the streets.
    PS-I wouldn't walk across the street to urinate in Mahers mouth if his teeth were on fire. He and your next guest, Alread, are exactly what's wrong with this country.

    March 25, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. yolanda

    Please stop saying America to mean the United States OF America. America is geographically much bigger than the United States. Thank you.

    March 26, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Nobuko

    hi erin! just wanted to say i agree with ilnoce, and we truly had so much fun! i'm excited to especially see the rest of the photos too, especially the ones from the reception- looks like you had a field day when i was doing air guitar w/nicole's dad! thank you for being a part of megan and morgan's special day!-melanie

    April 3, 2012 at 3:24 am | Report abuse | Reply

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