Jennifer Thomas is a bestselling author, psychologist, speaker, consultant & apology critic

Reese Gives a Blonde Apology

Actress Reese Witherspoon gave a lame apology for her recent drunken spat with police. Late Sunday night, the Academy Award-winning actress and he husband were arrested. Witherspoon released this apology through her Los Angeles-based spokeswoman, Meredith O’Sullivan Wasson:

“Out of respect for the ongoing legal situation, I cannot comment on everything that is being reported right now. But I do want to say, I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply embarrassed about the things I said. It was definitely a scary situation and I was frightened for my husband, but that is no excuse. I was disrespectful to the officer who was just doing his job. I have nothing but respect for the police and I’m very sorry for my behavior.”

My analysis: Reese’s apology was weak because she used the word “BUT”. I would have advised them to omit this whole sentence: “It was definitely a scary situation and I was frightened for my husband, but that is no excuse.”

No one wants to make a big mistake and have to apologize in public. If you ever find yourself having a Reese moment, remember that the public wants to hear your sincerity. Do not blame others, excuse yourself, or deny wrongdoing. If you make any of these three mistakes, people will shake their heads with disappointment. They want to hear you own your poor choices, express regret, make amends, develop a better plan for the future, and request their forgiveness. No if’s, and’s, or but’s.

#witherspoon #actress #drunkdrivingisserious.


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