Tony Bennett Apologizes Again For 9/11 Remarks

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Tony Bennett has again addressed his controversial remarks made to Howard Stern regarding 9/11 attacks on America.

Bennett, 85, appeared on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM show on Monday night to promote his upcoming release “Duets II.” The conversation took a bizarre turn after Stern asked Bennett, a veteran of World War II, how the United States should deal with the terrorists who were responsible for destroying the World Trade Center.

“They flew the plane in but we caused it,” Bennett said. “Because we were bombing them and they told us to stop.” He also asked Stern, “Are we the terrorists or are they the terrorists? Two wrongs don’t make a right.”

Bennett apologized for his remarks on his Facebook page.

Appearing on ABC’s “The View,” Bennett was asked about his comments. He produced a card and read from it.

“I am sorry if my statements suggested anything other than an expression of my love for my country, my hope for humanity and my desire for peace throughout the world,” the singer said, echoing his statement on Facebook.

“Nobody loves America more than I do,” Bennett said, reading from the card.

On his Facebook page, Bennett wrote “My life experience… made me a life-long humanist and pacifist, and reinforced my belief that violence begets violence and that war is the lowest form of human behavior.”

That said, not everyone is pleased with the apology. On his Facebook page, some were critical.

“My brother died in one of those buildings, and frankly you are so off base in your views of who the terrorists are, I now question your patriotism,” wrote Ron Bogdan of Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

“Nice statement by your publicist, however, we heard you loud and clear on the Stern program,” wrote Brian Eades of Omaha, Neb. “You clearly equate U.S. actions with those of the terrorists and said the U.S. somehow caused 9/11. The 3,000 people that died that day were innocent people. They were murdered in cold blood. Nothing – no matter what you can point to in U.S. policy over the years – justifies what was done or somehow mitigates the tragedy.”

What do you think of Tony Bennett’s comments and apology? Sound off below.

  • The Facts


  • Biff Bumpaw

    I left my brain in San Francisco . . .

  • Ben Dover

    I for one think that Tony’s apology sucks and I will not be purchasing his new CD any time soon. Good luck with your CD sales BIG MOUTH!

    Entertainers should learn to keep their idiotic opinions to themselves and do what they do best, ENTERTAIN!

  • go awayju

    life would be a dream, life would be a dreaeeeem, if only the jews would leave townnnnnnn, sha boop be boo sha na na na na na na na na na na

  • letmepicyou

    Tony Bennett was right for what he said on Stern. Operation Mockingbird is in FULL FORCE on CBS, you gotta remember that. This place is FULL of CENTCOM crawlers and trolls looking to influence public opinion in the way they see fit, regardless of real truth. From what I’m seeing on here, real people make up about 20% of the comments, the rest are all Federal Employees doing their pathetic bit in the own little compartment.

  • Mike McConnell

    I like Tony’s music. I don’t put too much stock in any performers political views. I always separate artistic talent from politics, otherwise I would have a short list of performers to watch or listen to.

  • Johnny Apollo

    Well, I guess the US is perfect in your mind/opinion…While I personally think we’re the best country, at present, I do believe we have caused some of our own problems by, at times, meddleing in others. One decade we arm & train a country’s or group’s fighters, the next decade we’re fight’in em. I don’t think we’re as perfect as some people think we are, but I still think we’re the best. You might ask Mr. Bennett what he thinkks about Hitler before saying or thinking such a ludicrous & unfair suggestion(just my opinion)

  • Michael

    Islamist do not hate America, Islamists hate America’s foreign policy, this argument can be put logically 3,000 innocent ppl died on 9/11 against a conservative estimate over over 1,000,000 in Iraq not to mention Afghanistan do the math, but hey look on the bright side America, at least gas prices should stay lower for a couple more month HA!


    Tony, gets up in the morning, brushes his teeth and puts them in his mouth. Combs his hair and glues it onto his bald head, Then goes out and spews his conspiracy theory. Just another day in the life of an old man/

  • JorgeDiaz

    TB made a mistake trying to avoid a spiral of nutcases dictating the future of the world . He meant well and I understand what he said . I had nobody die on 9-11 so I grant anyone who lost a loved one the need to sound off but please come to your senses soon .

  • coiiywbh

    American hero to American zero

  • soilis

    i agree with what Karen said:
    If you take the time to find out who the real Tony Bennett is you would not be surprised by his comment. He is a humanist with a strong sense of what is right and what is wrong. He marched for civil rights and has long been known for his pacifism as strong as his love of country. We need to examine ourselves. Pray for peace on Sunday and the rest of the week? He is no hypocrite that’s for sure. Love you TONY!!!!

  • potvin

    Bennett doesn’t even have the courage of his convictions. He’s just another leftist slob.

  • Bald Headed Old Fart

    An old bald headed man with a bad wig. Get a new wig Tony, and maybe then w will listen to your conspiracy theory.

  • vinny

    He takes it back?????? Either you mean it or not no backsies. What an ass.

  • Don

    David, I see in your comment you could not be bothered to capitalize America. Well, at least you didn’t spell it with a “k”.

  • Jackson

    Tony Bennett is a squat little jerk…….his singing sucks too.

  • Stephen

    Give the man a little space. He said what he said and revealed some emptiness. He showed himself to be vapid and wrong. But I don’t care what he thinks. I just love to hear him sing. Just as I’m moved by the music of Wagner, just as I would love to talk baseball with Buzzie Bavasi if he were still alive. Tony is a human being and that’s bad enough. Only he does it on the big stage, so his comments are amplified.

  • Eduardo Garcia

    In 2006 he dissed American culture and arts:
    “I have travelled around the world to Asia and Europe. They show you what they have contributed to the world. The British show you theatre, the Italians show you music and art, the French show you cooking and painting, and the Germans show you science. “The only thing that the United States, which is still a young country, has contributed culturally to the world is jazz – elongated improvisation. It’s tragic.” And Bennett feels that Americans don’t even appreciate the impact of jazz in popular culture. He says, “Fifty years from now people will be bowing to DIZZY GILLESPIE and CHARLIE PARKER, just like impressionist painters like MONET, who were starving in their day. The Americans don’t even know what they have come up with.”

    In 2009 he said: “US Should Give Obama ‘All Out Support for Anything He Wants to Do’… ^

    Typical Liberal American hater/apologist.

    • fred

      the only other american contribution that mattered – besides jazz – was anesthesia, so the painfrom hurtful remarks can be somehow dulled.
      hitler too let artists blabber insanities, because he thought they were incontinent in re morals and ethics of society…irrelevant to to his kampf.

      • Good Ole Boy

        Your joking if you think the USA only contributed Jazz and anasthesia. What about cinema for one, or does Hollywood not exist?

        Are you going to apologise for comparing the USA with Hitler?

    • Dwight

      Spot on, Eduardo. With liberal idiots like Bennett, America doesn’t need any more enemies.

  • Tina

    Say it aint so……I loved Tony Bennett. My Mother lived in Palm Springs and knew the Hope’s, Annenberg’s, Sinatra’s, et al., with her estate still holding Tony Bennett artwork and original albums still in their packaging. This breaks my heart and I didn’t leave it anywhere Tony other than with my Brother, the sweetest guy I’ve ever met that worked for Canter when his life was incinerated that sunny day. I’ll keep the Red Skelton work but Tony’s has now got to go. I was looking forward to Duets II but no longer and really too bad this disposition didn’t show itself much sooner. To each his own Mr. Bennett.

  • Scott

    Well, I understand what he’s trying to say. It’s not offensive to me — but I do think that it’s wrong. Think how many countries al-Qaida has attacked that are hardly friendly with Israel, have no military presence in Muslim lands, etc.

    They’ve even attacked other Muslim nations! Indonesia? Saudi Arabia? Jordan?

    Anybody who says this about the jihadists doesn’t understand what drives the jihadists. We could pull back and become totally isolationist, and they’d still believe we need to be destroyed.

  • Doinchi

    Uh… Why did the auhtor of this story call Bennett’s comments “Bizarre”? That shows extreme bias. Even the official 9-11 report says that we were attacked because of our foreign policy. Wa

  • TexasRick

    That was not a very apologetic apology. Basically he’s saying that he’s sorry that there are so many thin-skinned, patriotic Americans out there who would be offended by being called a terrorist. What a knucklehead.

  • Pissed off listener

    Always a disappointment when a musician pisses me off enough to stop consuming their product….you did it Tony. Tossing you on the pile with the Dixie dumb-asses.

    • OD'd_on_911

      Yeah but Dixie has nice crotches.

  • ABIndy

    Just another way TB can’t compare to Mr. S- miss him nearly every day.

  • MireyaAyala

    This was NOT an apology for the statement. It was an apology that people were upset by it.

    This guy should stick to singing…and leave government to men who were educated in areas outside of music or art.

  • Reality Check

    Actually Bin Laden said it was because we supported the Saudis and they allowed us infidels to set foot in the holy land of Saudia. As a warning it was OK to kill muslims, children and Tony too if it got attention to the cause, the very definition ot terrorism.

    Period thats it. All the rest is spin from aplologists and opportunists.

  • di french

    I did some checking and we weren’t shooting at anyone in the Middle East on 9/11. On the other hand Osama Bin Laden had declared war on the United States in 1996. The Clinton presidency chose to treat his subsequent attacks as isolated incidences rather than take them as the serious acts of aggression that they were.. So, Bennett’s statement was at best in error, at worst a complete fabrication. I am also of the opinion, that an apology that must be read from a card, hardly comes from the heart. It’s awkward for performers when they learn that on one hand they have the liberty to say what they please but that we have the liberty to stop listening to them in any capacity.

  • Jimmie

    He’s an old man that probably forgets to put on his underwear – he doesn’t know what he’s saying until someone tells him he screwed up – lets give Tony a break and hope he sticks to entertainment.

  • wilson

    Bennedetto is just another know nothing dumb entertainer.
    He is a lifelong wealthy socialist.

    Move him to Egypt and let him sing his 1950’s songs over there.

  • Kermit

    “we should destroy all guns, melt them down”. Howard Stern asked about how we would get their guns. “take them away”
    brilliant !
    p.s. do you really think that he is alone in the hollywod crowd?

  • Johnny Apollo

    You folks might want to listen to the entire Howard Stern interview like I did. It’s on YouTube. Its about 40 mins or so. Tony Bennett, doesn’t blame the victims, he places partial blame at our gov’t because of its’ various actions over the years. Actually, he questions more than blames…Ron Paul has done the same thing BTW. Is it soo wrong to question our government??? Some would call that patriotisim…I too cringed abit while listening to a breif part of Tony’s interview, but after hearing the ENTIRE interview, including some indepth details about his WII experience, I support his right to have HIS opinion. I suggest listening to the interview before starting the witch hunt…It is a very senstitive issue(rightfully so!) and sometimes cool heads don’t always prevail…As a proud gun owner I found myself disagreeing w/ him on some other things he said as well, but I still respect his right to have his opinion. His experiences have brought him to this point, other people’s have them/you thinking the way you do – “walk a mile in my shoes”…

    • Rubix

      “His (anyone’s) right to have his opinion” is the reason YOUR rights can be taken away – think about it. Just because someone has an opinion, doesn’t make them right or even sane. One nut yelling “Wolf” or “Fire” can clear out a building. I respect Bennett;s service to our country… but hey, maybe Bennett feels we should not have stepped on Hitler’s toes to start with and entered the war… hmmmm

  • mdotman

    Typical celebrity brain dead motormouth

  • Douglas Elam

    “I am sorry if…” There you go, then.

  • Say it isn't so, Toe !

    Tony, ya had it right da first time. While it’s too bad the fighters were ordered to “stand down” in 2001 allowing that needed crisis to happen – why is it that planeloads of trillion-dollar entitlements are always welcome??

  • Sentry Virginia

    Tony B will now live the life of an exposed celeb liberal. He will get the big welcome at parties in the yachts of Europe, and get disgusted looks from the grass roots of the USA. This will make him even more angry over time as he dies a slow death of old age, grumpy and bitter……

  • Stacman

    He’s an idiot, and his apology was clearly not his words, but damage control. He should’ve kept his mouth shut when he didn’t know what he was talking about. Great way to promote his new work. Even if I could tolerate listening to the 85 year old wind bag for more than 10 seconds, I wouldn’t buy his CD. “We were bombing them, so they wanted us to stop.”??? Seriously?

  • Dave Roberts

    Tony’s next hit: “I Left My Brain in San Francisco.”

  • Lou Harbsmeir

    Another sorry example of a tired old liberal jerk. He’s made his millions in this great country, yet tear it down.

  • Jim H

    What’s in a man’s heart comes out of his mouth, that’s what Bennett’s initial comments displayed. The apology he read from a card is not from his heart, it’s only words in an effort not to offend anyone so that he can continue selling his albums and concerts.

  • pokey5735

    The entertainment world is full of empty heads that should learn to keep their mouths shut. No one likes to hear the fanatics bash our country. We aren’t perfect, but we are the best!

  • Bre

    Here is the deal, Bennett is in trouble for making what most would categorize as a politically incorrect remark, HOWEVER, there is no doubt that the United States, when it was suitable, provided weapons and training for Al Qaeda, and more specifically worked with Osama Bin Laden. That being said this does not make it acceptable or any less heinous that these terrorists used our planes, our fuel and our people to kill thousands of people. It is horrible and it will be a scare on our hearts for the rest of our lives. Each and every person that lost their life is a devastating loss. BUT we must always remember that what makes this Country so great is that we are all entitled to freedom of speech. Bennett can believe what he said without loving this country any less than the rest of us. We are not perfect, we are mere mortals doing the best we can.

    • Johnny Apollo

      Other than the 1st sentence, I say bingo to the rest. Most categorize his remarks(opinions) as un American

  • keith cox

    An extremely lame and anemic apology.

  • Vince

    First of all, Tony Bennett is a well know ULTRA liberal. Only NOW people act surprised at his comments? He’s been saying anti-American things for years. It always amazed me that he got away with it. Well, finally it has caught up with him.

  • Rubix

    I think Bennett’s a couple notes short of a song.

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  • nicky

    Tony, you turn out to be just another celebrity jerk-do you think I can possibly enjoy your music now?

  • Brad Skidmore

    So much for the tolerance of a dissenting view point…

    There is a difference between patriotism and jingoism

  • ItBeMe

    Another overpaid celebrity, with his head up his ass, babbles off at the mouth !
    As they say, JUST SHUT UP AND SING you moron. Yes, I agree, your publicists’s apology was very well written.

  • Sentry Virginia

    Nice try David, why not ask all the other WWII heros about 9/11 and your fringe, minority view. I hope as a lib you keep trying your soft sell approach to your neighbers, because the country now sees your far wack views as abnormal. They continue to vote Rep like in New York when people like you open your mouths.

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