MSNBC Host Harris-Perry Near Tears in On-Air Romney Apology

Saturday, 04 Jan 2014 01:06 PM

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MSNBC anchor Melissa Harris-Perry says she only meant to say "positive and celebratory things" about former Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's adopted black grandson during a segment on her show last week.

Harris-Perry used the opening of her news program Saturday to apologize to Romney and his family for mocking the infant, Kieran, last Sunday, even though she already apologized last Tuesday through Twitter.

She appeared near tears by the end of her emotional statement.

The news anchor said that whatever her intent was, "the reality is that the segment proceeded in a way that was offensive," the segment was in "poor judgment," and she wanted to apologize "without reservation or qualification."

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While Harris-Perry said adults like Romney "implicitly consent to having less property," families and children "should not be treated callously or thoughtlessly."

She denied that her intentions were malicious, but said "I broke the ground rule that families are off-limits, and for that I am sorry."

Harris-Perry said that she and others on her show suggested that "interracial families are in any way funny or deserving of ridicule," and that her program is dedicated to advocating for a wide variety of families.

Last Sunday, the show's cast made comments on a photo of Romney and his numerous grandchildren, with Harris-Perry singling out Kieran over his skin color and asking her show's guests for comment.

One of the people on the show sang a little song calling the baby as being "one of the things that don't belong here," while another implied he was a "token" while Harris-Perry laughed.

Further, she described little Kieran as "gorgeous" and said it would be "great" if one day he married North West, the biracial daughter of Kanye West and his fiance, Kim Kardashian.

Romney is scheduled to appear on "Fox News Sunday" and is likely to comment on the incident.

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