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Paris Hilton Apologizes: ‘Gay People Are the Strongest’

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Paris Hilton issued an apology Thursday after audio of her making derogatory comments about gay people was posted online.

In the recording, Hilton is heard saying gay people are “disgusting” and “most of them probably have AIDS.”

“Gay people are the strongest and most inspiring people I know,” the socialite said in an apology to GLAAD Thursday. “It is so wrong when people bully or put down others for being gay. No one should have to go through that.”

“As anyone close to me knows, I always have been and always will be a huge supporter of the gay community. I am so sorry and so upset that I caused pain to my gay friends, fans and their families with the comments heard this morning,” Hilton said. “I was having this private conversation with a friend of mine who is gay and our conversation was in no way towards the entire gay community. It is the last thing that I would ever want to do and I cannot put into words how much I wish I could take back every word.”

“HIV/AIDS can hurt anyone, gay and straight, men and women,” she said. “It’s something I take very seriously and should not have been thrown around in conversation.”

While riding in a New York City cab last week, Hilton and an openly gay friend were talking about a smartphone app Grindr, which allows gay men to meet and hook up.

“Ew, ew,” Hilton says on the recording when told about Grindr. “Gay guys are the horniest people in the world,” she continues. “They’re disgusting. Dude, most of them probably have AIDS … I would be so scared if I was a gay guy. You’ll like, die of AIDS.”

The cab driver recorded the conversation, which RadarOnline obtained and posted Thursday.

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Bristol Palin's Heckler Issues Apology

Adam Bettcher/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The man who heckled Bristol Palin and ridiculed her mother at a West Hollywood restaurant/bar last Thursday now regrets the confrontation. Via a statement released by his lawyer to E! News, 47-year-old talent manager Stephen Hanks said he's reviewed footage of his verbal attack on Palin and has "come to the conclusion that no matter what my feelings are towards Sarah Palin, I should not have expressed them towards her daughter, Bristol Palin." He also said, "I expressed my feelings in an improper manner in the heat of the moment, and allowed my emotions to get the better of me." He apologized to Bristol and wished her "happiness in the future."

Hanks' attorney says his client has received threats in the wake of the incident, in which he told Bristol her mother is a whore and is going to hell. Palin responded in part by asking him if he is a homosexual. Footage of their exchange was subsequently posted on YouTube.

Palin was at the bar taping a segment for a reality show for the Bio channel.

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'Millionaire Matchmaker' Patti Stanger Apologizes for Remarks on Gays and Jews

Tommy Garcia/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- "Millionaire Matchmaker" Patti Stanger has issued an apology for disparaging remarks she made about gay men and Jewish people during a TV appearance on Sunday. Appearing on the Bravo call-in talk show Watch What Happens Live, Stanger was asked about monogamy in a long-distance relationship. She commented to openly gay host Andy Cohen, "There is no curbing the gays ... I have tried to curb you people." She also said during the show, “Jewish men lie.”

Stanger, whose dating series Millionaire Matchmaker also airs on Bravo, apologized to her Twitter followers Monday, writing, "Attn male Gays: I support you & my comment on WWHL was to a LA guy who can't find commitment." She released a similar statement through the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation: “I am so sorry. I did not mean to offend anyone with my comments last night on Watch What Happens Live.”

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'Star' Apologizes to Katie Holmes for Drug Story

George Pimentel/Getty Images for Creative Artists Agency(LOS ANGELES) -- You can bet Katie Holmes won't be subscribing to Star magazine anytime soon.  The tabloid has published an apology to the actress in its latest issue for a story linking her to drug use. 

The magazine wrote, "Star did not intend to suggest that Ms. Holmes was a drug addict or was undergoing treatment for a drug addiction.  Star apologizes to Ms. Holmes for any misperception." 

The article in question was featured on the cover of a January 2011 issue with a headline reading, "Addiction Nightmare.  Katie Drug Shocker!"

Holmes had filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against the magazine, but her rep tells the suit has been settled and Star's publisher, American Media, has agreed to make a "substantial" donation to a charity of her choice. 

Holmes released her own statement on the matter Wednesday, saying, "I'm pleased that this lawsuit could be resolved amicably and accept American Media's apology."

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Chris Brown Apologizes for 'GMA' Incident on BET

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- R&B singer Chris Brown publicly apologized Wednesday after storming backstage following an interview and performance Tuesday on Good Morning America -- but claimed he got angry because the interview went beyond "talking points" his camp submitted, something ABC News denied.

"First of all, I want to apologize to anybody who was startled in the office, or anybody who was offended or really looked, and [was] disappointed at my actions," Brown said, according to a transcript of his live appearance on BET's 106 & Park. "Because I'm disappointed in the way I acted."

"Yes, I got very emotional," he later added. "And I apologize for acting like that."

Brown emphasized that he did not hurt anyone backstage at GMA but had to release "the anger that I had inside of me." He grew angry after, he claimed, he was thrown off balance by questions about his domestic abuse incident involving his ex-girlfriend, pop singer Rihanna, in an interview he believed would focus on his new album.

In a prepared statement, ABC News said, "Chris Brown was invited on Good Morning America to perform and to be interviewed. There were no talking points offered."

Brown told BET that he saw the interview differently.

"I felt like, 'OK, they told us this just so they can get us on the show so they can exploit me.' You know, that's what I thought," Brown told BET. "I kind of took it very, very hard. And I kept my composure throughout the interview, although you could see me upset, you know. I kept my composure and did my performances, and when I got back, I just let off, like, steam in the back."

Roberts earlier suggested Brown had agreed to talk about his past on Good Morning America Tuesday and was aware that questions would be asked about Rihanna.

"Any time we have a guest here on the program, we let them know ahead of time the subject matter, the topics that we're going to discuss and we, even right before the interview, I said that to Chris and I was shocked like everybody else was," Roberts said Wednesday on GMA.

Brown has been invited to return to GMA and is seriously considering the offer, according to Roberts.

"We wish him the absolute best and ... we've extended the invitation to him and I sure hope that he takes us up on it, because we'd love to have another chat with him," Roberts said Wednesday.

During Tuesday's interview, Roberts asked Brown about the status of the restraining order against him stemming from a felony assault case involving Rihanna. Roberts said that she thought Brown was joking when he tried to redirect the interview to discuss his new album, F.A.M.E.

A fuming Brown returned to his dressing room after the interview and performance of "Yeah 3x," the lead single off his new album. Then he came back down the hall, still backstage, and stopped upon seeing the person who produced the segment. Brown didn't have his shirt on. The show's hair and makeup staff said they called security because they heard loud noises coming from Brown's dressing room. At one point, a cooler was thrown and a window in the dressing room was broken. The thick glass was destroyed and strewn across the street below.

Roberts conducted one of the first interviews with Brown after his 2009 sentencing.

"We've had a wonderful relationship. I've spent time with him…at his home. He was very gracious and we had a very easy conversation," Roberts said.

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