Emily Blunt apologises after 'hurtful' comment about waitress reemerges

  • 22/10/2023

A resurfaced video of Emily Blunt calling a waitress "enormous" has sparked an apology from the British actress.

In 2012, the 40-year-old Oppenheimer actress told The Jonathan Ross Show about an encounter with a waitress at a restaurant called Chili's while she was filming the movie Looper in the US.

Ross said to her: "If you go to Chili's you can see why so many of our American friends are enormous," to which Blunt replied: "Well the girl who was serving me was enormous."

After the video reappeared on YouTube, Blunt said she was left "appalled" by her choice of words.

Speaking to People magazine, Blunt said "I just need to address this head-on as my jaw was on the floor watching this clip from 12 years ago. I'm appalled that I would say something so insensitive, hurtful, and unrelated to whatever story I was trying to tell on a talk show.

"I've always considered myself someone who wouldn't dream of upsetting anyone so whatever possessed me to say anything like this in that moment is unrecognisable to me or anything I stand for. And yet it happened, and I said it and I'm so sorry for any hurt caused. I was absolutely old enough to know better."

Many took to X to share their opinions on the actress's comments.

"I'll be avoiding anything Emily Blunt is in in future. Unpleasant little person," one wrote, while another said, "That was so unnecessary."

Some stuck up for the A Quiet Place star, however.

"Can we just take note of the fact #EmilyBlunt only used the word 'enormous' because #JonathonRoss did! Everyone is so focused on Emily's part of the convo. Watch what he says first, she's simply validating what he says, it's not that bad in context!"

Another person said: "Emily probably doesn't remember that at all now and has grown so much since. Stop digging old dirt."

Blunt has previously spoken out on body image issues, telling Parade magazine: "I think the pressure is so huge on young girls right now to lose weight and it needs to diminish. It is becoming worrying how many super-thin girls we see walking around, and they are so obviously ill. It is kind of accepted and it is glamourised more than it should be."