Emily Blunt Apologizes for Her “OffHand” American Citizen Joke Following the GOP Debate

Emily Blunt apologized for making an "offhand joke" about becoming an
Emily Blunt apologized for making an "offhand joke" about becoming an American citizen -- watch George Pimentel/WireImage

Sorry, America! Emily Blunt apologized on the Today show on Thursday, Sept. 17, for joking that she regrets becoming an American citizen following the first GOP debate.


"I became an American citizen recently, and that night, we watched the Republican debate and I thought, 'This was a terrible mistake. What have I done?’” the The UK-born Sicario actress quipped to The Hollywood Reporter during a recent group interview. 

“So, #EmilyBlunt – u regret becoming a citizen? Please leave MY COUNTRY – THE ONE THAT MADE U A STAR #UNGRATEFUL #ARROGANT,” read some of the tweets that soon flooded the Internet following her remarks.

On Thursday, Blunt made it known that she didn’t mean any harm.

"It was so not the intention to hurt anybody or cause any offense, so I really apologize to those that I caused offense," she told Savannah Guthrie. "It was just an offhand joke. I think I'll probably leave the political jokes to late night or something."

In fact, she’s grateful to be a citizen! "It's really meaningful," she added of becoming an American. "You know, I mean, my two favorite people in the world are American — my husband and my daughter. It was kind of a special day. Yeah, it was great!"

Blunt married husband John Krasinski in July 2010 in Italy. In February 2014, they welcomed their first child, daughter Hazel, who was born in Los Angeles.

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