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'Cake Boss' star Cousin Anthony apologizes for Boston bomb tweet

April 16, 2013|By Scott Collins
  • A cake from the series "Cake Boss."
A cake from the series "Cake Boss." (Heather Swanson / Discovery )

Cousin Anthony says he's sorry.

The outspoken baker on TLC's "Cake Boss" — full name Anthony Bellifemine — has backed down after he posted a tweet on Monday, just after the Boston bombings, that blamed foreign-born "animals" for "attacking us."

"We even pay for them to go to school hows that!," @cousinanthony ranted.

The message was quickly denounced online, including by some of Bellifemine's 25,000 followers. He attacked one critic for her "typical liberal attitude."

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Although President Obama has called the Boston bombs "an act of terrorism," it is unclear who's responsible and the investigation is ongoing. 

By Tuesday afternoon, Bellifemine had reconsidered the situation.

"I apologize for my remarks following the Boston bombings," he tweeted. "My anger got the best of me. I continue to pray for all those affected."

This is not the first time Bellifemine has been at the center of controversy. Last year, in a widely criticized stunt, a transgendered woman visited the show and an unwitting Bellifemine was encouraged to flirt with her. He later described the woman using the pronoun "it."

"Cake Boss," which centers on the exploits of New Jersey baker Buddy Valastro Jr., wrapped its fifth season in February.

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