Tony Bennett has walked back controversial remarks he made on Monday suggesting that America "caused" the 9/11 terror attacks, saying in a written statement and in an appearance on "The View" that there is "no excuse for terrorism."
The 85-year-old crooner slipped on the touchy subject during an interview on Howard Stern's radio show. After Bennett asked, "Are we the terrorists or are they the terrorists?" during a discussion on the wider war on terrorism, Stern answered that the extremists "started it" on Sept. 11, 2001.
Bennett responded, "They flew the plane in, but we caused it. Because we were bombing them and they told us to stop. They said what are you doing? And they came on stronger. And come on -- we're going to have to retaliate. No, no, no. They said give them four times as much."