Vivek on Monday apologized for “hurting the sentiments of media persons” by making some “inflammatory remarks” at a meeting organized by the Nadigar Sangam in Chennai last year to protest a newspaper report.
Speaking to reporters, the actor said, “I owe my growth in the film industry to the media. I had no other support than the press when I stepped into acting in 1987. Since then, you (journalists) have been encouraging me.”
“I always have a huge respect for the press. But some remarks I made during the meeting had unfortunately hurt you all. Those words were out of frustration and they were later misquoted and misinterpreted. I never intended to insult the media, which is the reason behind my success,” he added.
Saying that he was asked in a recent television chat show as to who were the two persons he would like to thank and apologies, Vivek said, “My answer for both the questions was the press. I thank the media for its support and apologies for the comments I made.”