New Zealand TV host Paul Henry couldn't contain himself when teasing an upcoming interview with an Indian official. Henry repeatedly laughed and cackled when talking about New Delhi's chief minister, Sheila Dikshit. But some aren't finding it funny.
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Henry's outburst enraged Indian officials, especially considering his seemingly racists comments. "I've known about her for a while and I've been laughing ever since," he said, and then added, "It's so appropriate because she's Indian."
He persisted in mocking her name even after being told that the proper pronunciation was "Dixit."
According to the Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC), India summoned New Zealand's high commissioner to voice its concerns over the incident. Since then, New Zealand has apologized for the remarks and Henry has been suspended:
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The incident mirrors another overseas interview*, where a journalist couldn't help form laughing at an interviewee's high voice:
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*(Editor's note: some readers have pointed out that the third video could be staged. That might be true. According to some unattributed writing on the movie site IMDB, the video comes from the Belgian comedy show "In de Gloria." The clip is reportedly from an episode called "Boemerang" and was featured on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno. And if anyone can read Dutch, this article might prove it's a skit. Either way, enjoy)