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Joaquin Phoenix Returns to ‘Letterman’ for Apology

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The Joaquin Phoenix hip-hop saga has finally come to an end. After ‘I’m Still Here’ director Casey Affleck recently admitted to the New York Times that the actor’s retirement and subsequent rap career was a hoax, a shaved Phoenix returned to David Letterman’s couch to apologize to ‘The Late Show’ host and his fans for a ruse that brought on one of the biggest public meltdowns in recent memory.

Both Phoenix and Letterman were in good spirits and joking around about creating such a memorable pop culture moment. For the host, the infamous Phoenix interview was more comedic practice than a negative moment.

“I was not offended,” Letterman continued. “I’m telling you, it was so much fun. It was batting practice. You know what I mean? Every one of them was a dinger.”

“You’ve interviewed many, many people and I assumed that you would know the difference between a character and a real person, so — but I apologize. I hope I didn’t offend you in any way,” Phoenix explained. ‘I’m Still Here’ is in theatres now.

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