Quincy Jones Apologizes for Wild Claims in Interviews

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The 84-year-old record producer says he had a long talk with his daughters about what he said, and he is sorry.

Quincy Jones on Thursday morning issued an apology for remarks he made in bombshell interviews with Vulture and GQ in late January. 

In his apology, the music legend said his daughters took him aside and talked to him about the effects of the comments. 

The 84-year-old record producer said he stopped drinking a few years back and his memory of past events is not as sharp as it should be, which is one of the side effects, so his stories do not paint the whole picture.

"I am sorry to anyone whom my words offended, and I am especially sorry to my friends who are still here with me and those who aren't," Jones said in the statement. 

One of the biggest tales Jones shared in one interview was that the late Richard Pryor allegedly had a sexual relationship with the late Marlon Brando. Pryor's ex-wife said it was true, but Brando's son denied the claim.

Jones was also pretty hard on The Beatles in one interview, calling them "no-playing motherfuckers."

"Paul was the worst bass player I ever heard. And Ringo? Don't even talk about it," he said. "I remember once we were in the studio with George Martin, and Ringo had taken three hours for a four-bar thing he was trying to fix on a song. He couldn't get it."

In the lengthy apology, Jones made it clear he already reached out to "many" of his friends who were mentioned in the interviews so he could tell them sorry, personally. 

"These friends are like blood family to me," he said in the Thursday statement.