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Alison Pill in The Newsroom. (Melissa Moseley)
Alison Pill in The Newsroom. (Melissa Moseley)

Who’s to blame for Alison Pill’s infamous topless photo? BlackBerry, actor says Add to ...

If the Canadian company BlackBerry ever goes looking for a celebrity spokesperson, it probably won’t be the Canadian actress Alison Pill.

Remember when Pill tweeted a topless picture of herself last year? Turns out the tweet was an accident and she puts the blame squarely on her new BlackBerry.

The Toronto-born Pill appeared on Conan a few nights ago and confessed to what she now calls her “embarrassing technical snafu.”

When host Conan O’Brien asked Pill about the selfie she snapped lying in bed last September, she came clean: “Yes, it’s a fascinating story involving not knowing that my new BlackBerry had a touchscreen,” she said.

Currently starring on the HBO series The Newsroom, Pill, 27, explained that her original intent was to send the picture to her then-fiancé, fellow Canadian Jay Baruchel (the pair have since broken up). Instead, it went straight out to her 14,000-plus Twitter followers.

“I was responding to somebody on Twitter like, ‘Oh yeah, New York was great, it’s 9:30 on a Wednesday, also apropos of nothing, here are my boobs!’ ” Pill said. “It was a dumb thing to do, I suppose.”

Naturally, Pill was mortified and immediately removed the pic but not before it was seized upon by the tabloid press and retweeted around the world.

The worst part of Pill’s fleeting exposure: “For about three months after it happened, anytime I met a new person I [kept thinking] ‘Boobs! Nice to meet you, you’ve seen my boobs,’ ”

But Pill has since recovered and good-naturedly asked O’Brien if he had any Anthony Weiner-esque-type photos of himself. His reply: “My doctor hasn’t even seen me naked.”

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