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.

  • Nita

    So is it not true that violence begets violence? Isn’t it true that we were bombing them and they told us to stop? Not saying that those that died deserved to die because we all know that this is not true but we had to know that they would get us back some kind of way. Hey let blame President Obama for this also. We blame him for everything else that’s wrong here. So what if most of us had never heard of him at the time.

  • max

    Another stupid ass celebrity putting their big foot in their mouth
    Shut the F up Tony Bennett
    This tragedy was caused by terrorism

  • I Love America

    The fact that he had to read his statement off a card makes me truly doubt the sincerity of his apology.
    He is entitled to exercise his free speech and the American public has the right to boycott his records and his concerts.
    Anyone who records with him in the future should also be boycotted.

  • Fearon

    Bennet was right the first time. Invading Iraq and Afhanistan ARE terrorist actions and illegal!

  • Dakotahgeo

    At least Tony HAD a brain to leave somewhere. You are SOL, Brainless!

  • Dakotahgeo

    I hate to burst your bubble but you don’t have to listen to his music. Every time Tony Bennett’s (or any othr performer/artist) music is played (not listened to), he gets a royalty! Time to ‘catch up!”

  • Jack

    I think he left his brain in San Francisco, along with his heart. I won’t listen to anymore of his music.

  • Stephen M. St. John

    I repeat I stand with Tony Bennett on his comments about 9/11, including his apology. However, there is no proof that any of the 19 alleged Arab hijackers were at the airports let alone on the planes on that terrible morning. To the contrary, there is proof that the US Department of Justice framed five of the nineteen with a bogus “Dulles Airport” surveillance video, which I have proved beyond any and all doubt. You can find the details at in my short article “Dulles Airport” Shadow disproves US Government’s 9/11 Conspiracy Theory. 9/11 was actually much, much worse than people have been led to believe. I repeat, led to believe. 9/11 was the first cybernetic crime; i.e., a crime involving communications control of both humans and machines simultaneously. This heinous crime involved a river of propaganda before and after the event for the masses to consume, and telecommunications piracy of radar, flight control and communications systems. I dare CBS to publish my article in the mainstream media and let people judge for themselves. I made my discovery more than two years ago. That is a hell of a long time to wait to clue in the clueless, or those who have eyes to see and ears to hear, but nevertheless do not see or hear. The psychopaths who engineered 9/11 depend on such people!

  • Disgusted Justice Supporter

    He doesn’t need an agent or public agent, or to even apologize. Tony Bennett is spot on the mark. Noone,NOONE who died in the WTC is any bette than anyone else who died. They died. Get over it!!!

  • jeny

    What does this Bennett guy do for living?

  • michaelfury

    “They flew the plane in”

    Maybe. Maybe not.

  • Bear

    I’m not sure that 911 was a retaliation of any sort for something we did. Bid Laden was trying to do something that would save him face in the Arab world and was independent of any other wrongs to the Arab world. So I think Mr. Bennett is wrong there, but being wrong doesn’t make him unpatriotic nor does it make him feel any less for the victims of that day. But he believes he’s right and it’s his opinion, sorry if it’s not politically correct.
    LBJ was once known to doubt the war in Viet Nam in a private moment, maybe Bush did too. I hope so, but it’s not a cause for alarm.

  • Larry Little

    I think Tony Bennett was just trying to be honest. Who was hitting back, us or them?

  • Jessica Bent

    It is obvious that Tony Bennett is mentally challenged. The media just likes controversy. I excuse Tony because of his mental challenges.

  • Ol' Blue Eyes

    Sinatra would have punched him right in that shnazola!!

    • tim

      thats racist

  • Royce

    I will never understand why so many famous celebrities, actors, and entertainers find it impossible to overcome the irresistible urge to open their liberal mouths and make their ignorance audible. Tony, you are an old fool for alienating at least 75% of your audience by proving you are Harry Belafonte crazy. You also need to have the publicist prepare a written apology you can read about the blatant lie you told about President Bush confiding to you he made a mistake by invading Iraq, no one believes that bull$#!& either..

  • Vina Sestonari

    Tony, they attacked us for our freedoms! Because they hate our way of life! George W. said so! We have done nothing wrong in the middle east other than to spread peace, hope and joy! Sometimes, that requires eliminating tens of thousands of unbelievers, but you can’t make an omelet without breaking some eggs!

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