In the face of some serious fan and media blowback, Tony Bennett issued a statement clarifying the polarizing comments he made about the 9/11 terror attacks on Howard Stern’s radio show Monday. I whacked Tony pretty hard yesterday on this issue so I want to be fair about giving his refined comments like exposure:

“There is simply no excuse for terrorism and the murder of the nearly 3,000 innocent victims of the 9/11 attacks on our country,” he said. “My life experiences — ranging from the Battle of the Bulge to marching with Martin Luther King — made me a lifelong humanist and pacifist, and reinforced my belief that violence begets violence and that war is the lowest form of human behavior.

“I am sorry if my statements suggested anything other than an expression of my love for my country, my hope for humanity and my desire for peace throughout the world.”

Tony, I’m guessing we don’t see eye to eye on some of the issues of the day, but man I am proud of you for stepping up and taking this issue on today.

Thanks for knocking the heavy-hearted funk off my TB playlist!

Take care Tony,