MSNBC host apologizes for jokes about Mitt Romney grandson
Published: December 31, 2013 09:34PM
Updated: December 31, 2013 08:00PM
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FILE - This March 15, 2013 file photo shows former Massachusetts Gov., and 2012 Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md. MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry is apologizing to Mitt Romney’s family after a picture of the Romney holiday card that showed the 2012 Republican presidential candidate’s adopted, African-American grandson was joked about on her show. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

New York • An MSNBC host is apologizing to Mitt Romney’s family after she and guests on her show joked about a Christmas picture that showed the 2012 Republican presidential candidate’s adopted, African-American grandson.

Melissa Harris-Perry said Tuesday her intention was to celebrate diversity, but the segment took an unexpected and offensive turn. The photo shows infant Kieran Romney with his grandparents and their 21 other grandchildren, all of them white.

One guest on her Sunday show, actress Pia Glenn, sang “one of these things just isn’t the same.”

Comedian Dean Obeidallah, said it “sums up the diversity of the Republican party.”

Harris-Perry said she’d like to see Kieran marry Kanye West’s daughter so West and Romney would be in-laws.