Gary Busey apologizes for red carpet blunder

TV Arts

LOS ANGELES - Gary Busey has apologized for embracing Jennifer Garner
on the red carpet at the Oscars last month. During a live E! pre-show
broadcast, Busey repeatedly interrupted while Ryan Seacrest was
interviewing Garner and Laura Linney. At one point, Busey embraced
Garner, who looked annoyed.

"I meant no disrespect to Ms. Jennifer Garner when I met her at the
Oscars and apologize if I made her uncomfortable," the 63-year-old
actor said in a statement e-mailed Monday by a publicist for his
attorney, Vicki Roberts.

By the time he realized Garner and Linney were being interviewed,
Busey said he tried to step back but "suddenly Ryan introduced her to

Calls to Garner's publicist, Leslie Sloane-Zelnik, weren't immediately

"I simply greeted both actresses with joy and open arms, which is the
way I would greet anyone I'm happy to meet," Busey said. "Everyone has
experienced a handshake or hug which has turned awkward, and this was
no different."

Busey, an Oscar nominee for his role in 1978's "The Buddy Holly
Story," has parodied his eccentric reputation on the HBO comedy
Oh, for crying out loud.  I can't believe anyone would even make a big 
deal over this.  I thought the whole thing was funny, one of those 
unscripted, unpolished live moments that make those things fun.
Ms. Garner would do better to worry about her hubby's *antics* with Kimmel. 
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Ms. Garner would do better to