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Chloe Sevigny

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You know the old adage, if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all? Or how about this one—don't bite the hand that feeds you? Neither could be closer to the truth in the case of Chloë Sevigny versus Big Love's "awful" fourth season.

After enduring an ample amount of backlash from her interview with the A.V. Club, in which she vents about the "telenovela"-esque feel of Big Love's just-wrapped season (remarks that, ironically, countless TV folks agree with), Chloë spilled why she said what she did to EW.com's Michael Ausiello, and her reason might surprise you.

Or not, since it happens to be the go-to celeb excuse for all things gone awry...

Don't you know, that darned exhaustion has gotten the better of another starlet.

Chloë tells EW.com: "I feel pretty terrible. I feel like what I said was taken out of context, and the [reporter] I was speaking to was provoking me. I was in Austin [at the SXSW festival] and really exhausted and doing a press junket and I wasn't thinking about what I was saying…I obviously didn't mean what I said in any way, shape, or form."

Big Love show runners Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer accepted Chloë's apology, she said—but she doesn't rescind her criticism of the show's fourth season entirely: "Maybe it did come out too harsh. I especially think the third season was so strong, and obviously we only had nine episodes so we couldn't really explore as much this season, so maybe that was part of it."

Did Chloë cross a line? Has she made amends? Do you agree that Big Love had an "awful" year? Let us know in the comments.

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