I have a feeling Halle Berry is having one of those days where she wishes she didn't get out of bed. The actress went on Jay Leno's show to promote her new film, Things We Lost in the Fire, and had a slight screw up when a comic bit took an unplanned turn. Halle was showing Jay and his audience images of herself on her computer using the Mac program Photo Booth, when a not-so-appropriate comment flew out of her mouth.
According to one audience member, "She introduced the first photo by saying, 'Here's where I look like my Jewish cousin!' - it was a picture of her with a huge, distorted nose. No one laughed, and Jay nervously said, 'I'm glad you said that and not me.' When the show aired, they cut out her 'Jewish' comment and added a laugh track to the bit." Another guest in the audience told Page Six, "If you watch the clip, you can see Halle saying the word 'Jewish,' though obviously there is no audio. NBC covered her ass. Ms. Berry should know how unbelievably inappropriate her comment was . . . She should be ashamed of herself." When Page Six got in touch with Halle after the taping, the actress was mortified. "I so didn't mean to offend anybody - and after the show I realized it could be seen as offensive, so I asked Jay to take it out, and he did." She went on to further explain, "What happened was I was backstage before the show and I have three girls who are Jewish who work for me. We were going through pictures to see which ones looked silly, and one of my Jewish friends said 'That could be your Jewish cousin!' And I guess it was fresh in my mind, and it just came out of my mouth. But I didn't mean to offend anybody. I didn't. I didn't mean any harm."
Halle, who is 4 1/2 months pregnant, even offered to call and apologize to the member of the audience that gave the paper their quote "It was just a lighthearted segment that was meant to make fun of myself. There was a picture where I said I looked like Monica Lewinsky and one where I said I looked like Jay. It was just supposed to be a silly segment. I am so sorry, and I apologize." Classic case of foot-in-mouth disease.