Quincy Jones
2.22.2018

Quincy Jones Apologizes for Controversial Interviews

After causing quite a commotion with a pair of candid interviews, Quincy Jones is issuing an apology.

Posting a three-paragraph letter on Twitter, the iconic producer explained how his daughters recently held an intervention due to “some silly things” he revealed in the controversial interviews.

“I am an imperfect human & I’m not afraid to say it,” he wrote. “I’m sorry & I’m not afraid to say it.”

He went on to say that “wordvomit” and “bad-mouthing” are “inexcusable” and that much of what he said was in contradiction to the way he viewed “racism, inequality, homophobia, poverty,” and more.

“I’m sorry to anyone whom my words offended,” he added. “I’m especially sorry to my friends who are still here with me & to those who aren’t. These friends are like blood family to me.”

Jones’ lengthy letter remains vague about what topics he is actually referring to as “silly.” During the lengthy interviews with GQ and Vulture, he spoke about a variety of topics, including a confrontation with Tupac Shakur; Michael Jackson’s plastic surgery and childhood abuse; The Beatles being “the worst musicians in the world” and “no-playing motherfuckers”; and why T-Pain failed to “pay attention to the details.”

Quincy also earned criticism over allegations he made during the interviews. At one point, he insinuated that Marlon Brando had relationships with James Baldwin, Richard Pryor, and Marvin Gaye. Plus, he claimed that Chicago mobster Sam Giancana killed President John F. Kennedy.

Read Jones’ full letter below.