Back in 2003, George took a swipe at the vocally conservative actor Charlton Heston while attending the National Board of Review Film Awards. George reportedly joked, "Charlton Heston announced 'again' today that he is suffering from Alzheimer's." According to George, he was making a joke about Charlton's conservative views and support for the National Rifle Association. Naturally, conservative critics slammed George for the comment, which they felt was insensitive. Charlton even weighed in himself, saying that "class skips a generation," referring to George's aunt, Rosemary Clooney. In 2008, shortly before Charlton passed away, George revealed that he had made up with the legendary actor: "I wrote him a letter saying I usually avoid making jokes at people's expense, so I'm sending you an apology, and I got a really nice letter back from his wife."