Quincy Jones’ six daughters, including “Parks and Recreation” actress Rashida Jones, have held a “surprise family intervention” with the 85-year-old producer following his wild statements in two recent interviews.
Jones took to Twitter to reveal his family gathered to talk to him about “the silly things” he’s said, admitting he’s learned his lesson when it comes to “bad-mouthing” people in the press.
“I’m so grateful for my daughters because they aren’t scared to stand up to their daddy,” the producer legend wrote in a statement posted to his Twitter account on Thursday. “I am an imperfect human and I’m not afraid to say it. And I’m sorry and I’m not afraid to say it.”
Jones raised eyebrows over two telling interviews in which he said he had “22 girlfriends around the world” – most of them younger than his daughters – and slamming everyone from The Beatles and Michael Jackson to Taylor Swift. He also detailed a 2006 dinner date with Ivanka Trump, announced his distaste for Donald Trump and spoke of sexual encounters between Marlon Brando and Richard Pryor.
Since his intervention, Jones, who is a noted humanitarian, says he realizes the “bad-mouthing” and “word vomit” has caused more harm than good and has taken away from the more important messages he wishes to convey.
“One of the hardest things about this situation is that this bad-mouthing has contradicted the very real messages I tried to relay about racism, inequality, homophobia, poverty… you name it,” his statement reads. “And of course I don’t want that.”
In his statement, Jones says he has already reached out privately to his friends to apologize, but, since he lives a public life, he has the “responsibility” to apologize publicly. Thanking people for calling him out for his “many mistakes,” Jones writes that he hears all of the criticism.
“Even though it’s sometimes difficult to receive criticism or discipline (especially publicly), I want you to know I hear you. I hear ALL of you… and thank you,” he writes. “So, I encourage you to all please grow with me and keep on keepin’ on,” signing off with, “Love, an 85-year-old bow-legged man who is still learning from his mistakes.”