A couple A-listers demonstrated the art of the apology this week.
First, Justin Bieber was caught on tape telling a racist joke (when he was 15 years old) - but the singer quickly released a lengthy, heartfelt apology, dismissing his latest scandal far more easily than other recent slip-ups.
Jonah Hill then used an anti-gay insult to slam a cameraman, yet he also jumped on the issue and admitted his word choice was disgusting.
How do these mea culpas compare to past instances of regret exhibited by actors, artists and athletes?
Click through some of the more memorable ones from recent history now: