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Connick Jr 'acted appropriately'

Harry Connick Jr
Harry Connick Jr received an apology after the show

Harry Connick Jr said he acted "appropriately" by criticising a comedy act which poked fun at the Jackson Five in Australia last week.

The US singer appeared on TV show Hey Hey It's Saturday, where he had to judge five men in afro wigs with black make-up on their faces.

"I'm pleased with the way I handled the situation," he told reporters in Hong Kong while promoting his latest album.

The act received a mixed response from Australian TV viewers.

'Very controversial'

"I handled it in exactly the manner I thought was appropriate," said Connick Jr, who gave the performance a zero score.

The singer said he cancelled an autograph session and interviews in Sydney following the show.

"It was a subject that was very, very controversial. So we just decided to take a couple of days off," he said.

Hey Hey It's Saturday host Daryl Somers said sorry to Connick Jr at the end of the live show last Wednesday.

"I know that to your countrymen, that's an insult to have a blackface routine like that on the show, so I do apologise to you," Somers said.

In response Connick Jr said: "I just want to say, on behalf of my country, I know it was done humorously, but we've spent so much time trying to not make black people look like buffoons, that when we see something like that we take it really to heart."

Some Australian TV viewers said they were embarrassed such a racist sketch had been broadcast, while others said critics were too politically correct and that the skit was funny.



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