- The Washington Times - Friday, September 18, 2015

British actress Emily Blunt is apologizing for “offhand” remarks she made about the Republican presidential lineup that many Americans found insulting.

Ms. Blunt was criticized in the media Monday after she told The Hollywood Reporter her reaction to the first GOP debate hosted by Fox News.

“I became an American citizen recently, and that night, we watched the Republican debate and I thought, ‘This was a terrible mistake. What have I done?’ ” she joked.

Now, Ms. Blunt says her American citizenship is no laughing matter.

“It’s really meaningful,” she told Savannah Guthrie of the “Today” show. “You know, I mean, my two favorite people in the world are American — my husband [John Krasinski] and my daughter. It was kind of a special day. Yeah, it was great!”

“It was so not the intention to hurt anybody or cause any offense, so I really apologize to those that I caused offense,” she said. “It was just an offhand joke. I think I’ll probably leave the political jokes to late night or something.”

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