Sarah Silverman is apologizing to Paris Hilton for a joke she made several years ago. The comedian roasted Hilton at the 2007 MTV Movie Awards and although she reached out to the heiress days later, her regret has resurfaced.
"I regretted the jokes not years later, but kind of immediately," Silverman said on "The Sarah Silverman Podcast" on Thursday. "And I wrote her to let her know, but I now know that letter didn’t get to her. So here I am, 14 years later, telling you, Paris, that I am really sorry."
During her appearance at the 2007 MTV Movie Awards, Silverman poked fun at Hilton's time in jail for an alcohol-related driving offense. Unbeknown to her, Hilton was in the audience.
"I said some very hardcore jokes about her, and she was there," Silverman said, adding that her zingers had the crowd roaring with laughter. "And while I was, you know, thrilled at the success of my monologue, I remember spotting her in the audience. I really do. And I remember seeing that look on her face, and my heart sank. Because there was a person under there."
Silverman's apology comes after Hilton brought up the incident on her own podcast, "This Is Paris" on Monday. "I was sitting there, wanting to die, I was holding back tears, I had tears in my eyes," she said. "I literally wanted to run out of the entire room. The whole audience was laughing and she would not stop."
Responding to Silverman's apology, Hilton said she was "pleasantly surprised" by her comments, which she said seemed genuine. "Thank you. I really, really appreciate you doing that," Hilton said. "I know it's difficult for anyone, you know, to apologize, and for someone to do that really means a lot."
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