(NEW YORK) — Matt Damon came under fire in December for suggesting that all men accused of sexual misconduct shouldn’t be lumped together in the same category, and he used a Tuesday appearance on the Today show to deliver an apology.
“Boy, I really wish I’d listened a lot more before I weighed in on this,” he began.
When host Today co-host Kathie Lee Gifford insisted the Downsizing star was a good listener, he responded with, “Not in this case.”
“I think, ultimately, what it is for me is I don’t want to further anybody’s pain with anything that I do or say,” Damon continued. “So for that, I’m really sorry. This whole Times Up [movement], a lot of those women are my dear friends and I love them and respect them and support what they’re doing and want to be a part of that change and go along for that ride.”
“I should get in the backseat and close my mouth for a while,” he added.
In addition to making headlines for all the wrong reasons, Damon’s last three big screen outings, Downsizing, Suburbicon, and The Great Wall, all stumbled at the box office.
The actor, who starred alongside George Clooney and Brad Pitt in the 2001 remake of Ocean’s 11, and its sequels in 2004 and 2007, will reprise his role as Linus Caldwell in the female-centric Oceans 8, opening nationwide in June.
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