Tom Cruise Headlines 2008's Celeb Apologies

Letterman invited his 15-year, on-air competitor to come on his show his first free night.

"I think he'd be a great guest on [my] show," Letterman told Rolling Stone magazine. "The first night that he is out of a job, I think that would be a great situation."

The rivalry dates back to when Leno was given the nod over Letterman to be Johnny Carson's successor at NBC in 1993, leaving Letterman to set up shop at CBS.

Now that NBC has announced plans to keep Leno on the network in a new 10 p.m. show, it's unclear whether Letterman's offer still stands. If anything, it appears the rivalry continues. Leno joked during his monologue after the announcement of his new primetime show that Letterman would try to one-up him by changing his show to 9:59 p.m.

Letterman's only reference to Leno's new deal was at the beginning of his monologue that same night. "Welcome to the 'Late Show,'" he said. "Still at 11:35."

Kanye West

After Kanye West kept fans at this summer's Bonaroo music festival waiting for two hours, he was greeted with boos and bad press. He later issued a somewhat angry apology on his Web site:

"This is the most offended I've ever been ... This is the maddest I will ever be. It broke my heart that I couldn't give these fans 'Stronger' in its finest form. I'm sorry to everyone that I didn't have the ability to give the performance I wanted to. I'm sorry."

Us Weekly's Jacobs believes West's fans accepted his apology. "He was angry, he was showing a passion," he said. "No doubt about it, he was sincere, and it rings true. He's never quiet. He has an ego. I think that statement is very true to him. I think it works."

Sharon Stone

Sharon Stone waited until she was dropped as a Christian Dior spokesperson in China before apologizing for her remark to a reporter that China's August earthquake may have been "karma" for the way the Chinese government has treated Tibet.

Issuing an apology through Dior in China, the "Basic Instinct" star said, "In the course of the interview, I made inappropriate remarks, and for any harm created towards the Chinese people, I am extremely sad and apologize."

Jacobs believes Stone's apology missed its mark. "I think when you criticize a group so broadly, as she did, people expect a much more profound apology. A statement wasn't going to necessarily cut it," he said.

Cole says apologies that aren't heartfelt end up appearing gratuitous. "Many people apologize immediately, and you can tell by tone of voice, by body posture or by the means of communicating, whether the apology is authentic," she said. "I would venture to say that an in-authentic apology is worse than saying nothing."

Amanda Peet

Amanda Peet, a paid proponent of childhood vaccinations, apologized for calling parents who refuse to vaccinate their children "parasites." But she did not back down from her stance on the issue.

"I believe in my heart that my use of the word 'parasites' was mean and divisive," she wrote in a letter of apology. "I completely understand why it offended some parents, and in particular, parents of children with autism who feel that vaccines caused their illness. For this I am truly sorry. However, I still believe that the decision not to vaccinate our children bodes for a dangerous future."

Peet went on to make her case for why children should be vaccinated. No one would accuse her of over-apologizing.

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