US host 'sorry' for mocking Mitt Romney's black grandson

Melissa Harris-Perry in March 2013 Melissa Harris-Perry (file photo) began presenting her own show in 2012

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A US TV presenter has apologised for poking fun at a photo of former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's adopted black grandson.

MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry said sorry "without reservation or qualification" to Mr Romney in a series of tweets.

The cable news host and guests made the comments on her Sunday programme about the Romney family Christmas photo.

The photo shows infant Kieran Romney with his grandparents and their 21 other grandchildren, all of them white.

"As black child born into large white Mormon family I feel familiarity w/ Romney family pic & never meant to suggest otherwise," Harris-Perry tweeted.

"I apologise to all families built on loving transracial adoptions who feel I degraded their lives or choices."

In the segment, one of panellists, actress Pia Glenn, sang lines from a Sesame Street song: "One of These Things Is Not Like the Others."

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Nevada on 16 May 2011 Mitt Romney (file photo) ran unsuccessfully for the White House in 2012

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