CLEVELAND — Jerry Van Dyke, in his role as dimwitted Luther Van Dam from "Coach," apologized on the air for having knocked Cleveland two weeks ago in a promotional spot for the ABC comedy, and the mayor accepted.
The apology came in a promo as well. It was aired during the "Monday Night Football" game between the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals.
"I just want to say that I'm sorry, Cleveland, and I love Cleveland and I love the people in it," Van Dyke said.
Mayor Michael R. White replied: "The Cleveland of today and the Cleveland of 15 years ago are vastly different places. I think the apology frankly recognizes that there has been a major improvement."