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Tony Bennett takes it to 'The View' to apologize for 9/11 remarks

September 21, 2011 |  1:28 pm

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Tony Bennett continues to apologize for comments he made Monday on "The Howard Stern Show" about just who exactly was responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers.

On Wednesday,  Bennett showed up on "The View" to further clarify what he meant when he said, in referring to the Sept. 11, 2001, destruction of the World Trade Center: "They flew the plane but we caused it. We were bombing them. They told us to stop."

After a helpful set-up from a leather jacket-clad Barbara Walters, Bennett took out a paper and said, "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. Nobody loves America more than I do."

The audience applauded, and Walters chimed in with, "Sometimes things said in the spur of the moment come out wrong. The voice is what's important."

Bennett posted a similar but longer statement on his Facebook page:

"I am so grateful to be an American and as a World War II veteran, I was proud to fight to protect our values, which have made America the greatest country on the planet. 

 There is simply no excuse for terrorism and the murder of the nearly 3,000 innocent victims of the 9/11 attacks on our country.

 My life experiences -- ranging from the Battle of the Bulge to marching with Martin Luther King -- 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.

 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."

A stream of comments on his Facebook page indicate that some of his fans wish he wouldn’t apologize, and some won’t forgive him even if he apologized forever.

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Photo: Tony Bennett in a more familiar spotlight, performing at his 85th Birthday Gala Benefit for Exploring the Arts at The Metropolitan Opera House on Sept. 18. Credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images

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