About Time! Patricia Heaton Apologizes for Pro-Rush Limbaugh Tweets

The Middle star says she's sorry for a series of tweets in which she supported Limbaugh in bashing birth control advocate Sandra Fluke

Many people have regretted supporting Rush Limbaugh following his controversial comments about Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, but none more so than Everybody Loves Raymond and The Middle star Patricia Heaton.

Heaton, 54, came under fire last week when she joined Limbaugh in bashing Fluke, whose advocacy for expanded access to birth control caused Limbaugh to brand her a "slut" and a "prostitute." Although Limbaugh has since been criticized by everyone from liberals to conservatives (including Republican House Speaker John Boehner) and lost some big advertisers for his radio show, Heaton took to Twitter on Feb. 29 to support him and to get in on the Sandra Fluke bashing.

"Hey G-Town Gal: Plz let us also pay for your Starbucks, movie theater tickets and your favorite hot wings combo deal at KFC! Anything else?" she tweeted.

She followed that up with, "Hey G-Town Gal: If your parents have to pay for your birth control, maybe they should get a say in who you sleep with! Instant birth control!" And then there was this humdinger: "If every Tweaton sent Georgetown Gal one condom, her parents wouldn't have to cancel basic cable, & she would never reproduce -- sound good?"

Following the rant (a.k.a. PR nightmare), Heaton deleted her Twitter account for three days, returning on March 3. And, on March 5, she gave Fluke a well-deserved apology.

"I apologized to Ms Fluke last week," she tweeted. " I may not agree with her views but I didn't treat her with respect and I'm sorry. I was wrong. Mea Culpa."

And she did apologize last week before temporarily quitting Twitter, writing: "Mea culpa Sandra! Wasn't being respectful 2 u re my tweets as I hope people wd b w/me. Don't like you being dissed -so sorry."

While it sure seemed like Heaton was being disrespectful, at least she had the good sense to apologize. Still, celebrities need to be aware that their every tweet is going to come under scrutiny, so it's best to think twice before sending those little 140-character missiles of opinion and (often) ill-advised commentary hurtling out into the world.

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