New Zealand TV host Paul Henry couldn’t contain himself when teasing an upcoming interview with an Indian official. Henry repeatedly laughed an cackled when talking about New Delhi’s chief minister, Sheila Dikshit. But some aren’t finding it funny.
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:
The incident mirrors another overseas interview, where a journalist couldn‘t help form laughing at an interviewee’s high voice: