Back in June, former Arrow star Stephen Amell was kicked off a flight in Austin, TX for loudly and drunkenly berating his wife, America’s Next Top Mia Farrow Pixie Cut Rejector Cassandra Jean Amell. Now that Stephen has had some time to reflect on his poor behavior, he’s come away with some clarity. Don’t be a drunken asshole and scream at your wife in public. Especially if you’re a “celebrity.” Do that shit in private. Another way you know Stephen has really examined his behavior is that he barely mentioned the worst part of the whole incident. No, not that his wife was so mad at him they are still working through it, but that TMZ used an unflattering, outdated picture of him in their coverage of the incident. He’s not that same asshole anymore! He’s lightly bearded now and has traded in his douchey snapbacks for the softer, gentler look of buffs. In public at least.
Stephen recently appeared on the podcast Inside of You and, as instructed by his wife, Stephen immediately got down to the business of setting the record straight about the incident. Stephen adamantly insisted that he and Cassandra did not “get into an argument” as he had previously stated on Twitter. In reality, he was yelling at her for no good reason whatsoever. According to Entertainment Weekly:
While appearing on his pal — and fellow (former) CW star — Michael Rosenbaum’s podcast, Inside of You, Amell wasted no time in addressing the incident.
“I wanted to have just a slight runway here to talk about this because what happened was — and it’s very, very simple — I had too many drinks, and I had too many drinks in a public place. And, I got on a plane,” Amell told Rosenbaum.
“And the reason that I wanted to talk about it is — and we’ll get to it, eventually this will all make sense — is I was pissed off about something else that had nothing to do with Cass, my wife, and I picked a fight,” he continued, later noting he doesn’t remember what he was “upset” about. “I picked a fight because I wanted to be loud and upset. And it was a fight, as in like, it was not an argument. In order to have an argument, two people have to be talking. My wife said one thing the entire time, which was, ‘If you don’t lower your voice, they’re going to ask you to get off the plane.’ That’s the only thing that she said the entire time.”
“So, obviously, Cass was 100-percent right there. I was being loud. I was probably dropping a few F-bombs. I’ve got the noise-canceling — this is not an excuse — I’m not here to make excuses because this was 100 percent my fault but — and I don’t even want to smile while I’m telling this story because I’m actually, frankly, deeply ashamed of it.”
“It was not an argument… This is 100 percent my fault,” the actor insisted on Rosenbaum’s podcast. “Like, I feel like I went the better part of 10 years without being an asshole in public. I was an asshole in public.”
Wow. 10 whole years of Public Asshole Sobriety snatched away in an instant. I guess the picture TMZ used must have been from the last time he was asked to get his shit from the overhead compartment and leave the wagon.
“It’s really, really shameful,” the Heels star said. “And it makes you kind of look in the mirror. And I just realized a couple of things: if people are going to recognize you, don’t necessarily drink in a public place, but more importantly, don’t drink in a public place if you can’t handle your shit.”
Stephen went on to say that he and Cassandra are still “having conversations” about him “setting appropriate boundaries” because as a celebrity, he’s used to where “people just sort of give you whatever you want.” He also said he is lucky he didn’t get arrested because “If I just casually, flippantly, not being in sound mind and body, if I offer like a quick passive ‘fuck off,’ and all of a sudden I’m in bracelets, maybe I destroyed my entire life, my entire career.” Here’s Stephen’s what about MEa culpa, which starts at the 4:15 mark.