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Emily Blunt issues apology after resurfaced clip showing her insult waitress sparks outrage

Emily Blunt issues apology after resurfaced clip showing her insult waitress sparks outrage

The actor has said sorry for her 'hurtful' and 'insensitive' remarks

Emily Blunt has addressed her controversial comments in a resurfaced clip from 12 years ago.

The Devil Wears Prada star sparked outrage earlier this year after the years-old conversation made the rounds online.

Blunt, 40, was being interviewed on British talkshow, The Jonathan Ross Show, when she recalled a conversation she had a with a 'massive' waitress at Chili's.

"The girl that was serving me was enormous, you know, I think she got freebie meals at Chili's," Blunt said after Ross had labelled some of his American friends as 'enourmous' as a result of eating at Chili's so much.

The actress went on: "She comes up and she goes, 'Did anyone ever tell you you look a lot like Emily Blunt?' And I said, 'I have heard that, yes'.

"And she went, 'Are you Emily Blunt?' And I went, 'Yeah'.

"And she went, 'What are y'all doin' here?!' And then she was like, 'Are y'all shootin' a movie here?' And I said, 'Yeah I'm shooting a film called Looper'.

"And she went, Looper? Y'all just made that up'."

Emily Blunt has apologized for her previous remarks.
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When the video resurfaced earlier this year, Blunt went on to receive a lot of criticism for labelling the waitress as 'enormous' and commenting on her weight.

One person fumed: "What could’ve been a neat story about a nice waitress and getting recognised ruined off the bat with fat phobia. Great job Emily."

"Why did she have to say she was fat? Didn't pertain to the story," noted another.

"To the waitress who served Emily Blunt. I am so sorry, you do not deserve the disrespect you got from her," posted a third.

Several months on from the outrage, Blunt has now issued an apology for her comments.

Blunt said she was 'old enough to know better'.
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In a statement issued to PEOPLE yesterday (October 20), The Oppenheimer actress said: “I just need to address this head-on as my jaw was on the floor watching this clip from 12 years ago.

"I’m appalled that I would say something so insensitive, hurtful and unrelated to whatever story I was trying to tell on a talk show."

Blunt went on: "I’ve always considered myself someone who wouldn’t dream of upsetting anyone so whatever possessed me to say anything like this in that moment is unrecognizable to me or anything I stand for.

"And yet it happened, and I said it and I’m so sorry for any hurt caused. I was absolutely old enough to know better."

Featured Image Credit: The Jonathan Ross Show/ITV

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