Tom Cruise Headlines 2008's Celeb Apologies

"You have to be careful not to look pathetic," Jacobs said. "As we know from the dating world, you have to say your apology and shut up."

Sean Avery

Sometimes an apology is not enough, as tarnished National Hockey League star Sean Avery discovered after he referred to his ex-girlfriend, actress Elisha Cuthbert, as "sloppy seconds" for another NHL player whom she is now dating.

"I should not have made those comments, and I recognize that they were inappropriate," Avery said in a statement the day after he made the off-color quip at a press conference. "It was a bad attempt to build excitement for the game, but I am now acutely aware of how hurtful my actions were."

Apparently, the hurt ran deep. After a six-day suspension, Avery was axed from the Dallas Stars Monday and checked into a 10-day treatment program.

"People in sports used to be allowed to not be so polished," Cole said. "I'm sure they wish those days would come back.

"Part of good manners is you shouldn't talk about people," Cole added. "Even in comedy, it can get you in trouble."

Raffaello Follieri

Actress Anne Hathaway's swindling ex-boyfriend Raffaello Follieri offered a courtroom apology just before he was led to jail in October on federal fraud charges.

In an emotional statement made in Italian inside the courtroom, Follieri said, "I have dishonored my family name, and I have embarrassed the church that I love. I will never be able to wash away the stain, and I will have to live with it for the rest of my life."

And, in a reference possibly aimed at Hathaway, he added, "I just hope that someday, those who have been hurt by my action will one day forgive me."

"It happens all the time -- you did something wrong and you want people to forgive you," Cole said. "That is you wanting to be absolved for your error."

In Follieri's case, what's even better than an apology is his promise to pay back $3.6 million that he conned out of others.

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