An MSNBC host apologized to Mitt Romney’s family Tuesday 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 her intention was to celebrate diversity, but the segment took an unexpected and offensive turn when she asked her guests to talk about a photo showing 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 also had said she’d like to see Kieran marry Kanye West’s daughter so West and Romney would be in-laws.
Queen honors Angela Lansbury: Acting great Angela Lansbury, known for years as the clue-collecting supersleuth in the television series “Murder, She Wrote,” has been made a Dame of the British Empire. The 88-year-old actress was one of more than 1,000 people who were recognized by Queen Elizabeth in the New Year’s Honors List. For the first time since the Order of the British Empire was founded in 1917, most of them were women. Actress Penelope Keith, known to Brits as the snobbish Margot Leadbetter in the 1970s sitcom “The Good Life,” was also made a dame. Dr. Marcus Setchell, the queen’s gynecologist, who oversaw the safe delivery of her great-grandson Prince George, was made a knight. The twice-yearly royal honors reward hundreds of people for services to their community or national life.
‘Sopranos’ actor wins parole: Lillo Brancato Jr., who played a wannabe hood executed by Tony Soprano on HBO’s acclaimed series “The Sopranos,” was paroled on Tuesday in New York. Brancato has been serving a 10-year sentence for an attempted burglary conviction for his role in a 2005 shooting in the Bronx that left an off-duty police officer dead; he was acquitted on a count of second-degree murder. Brancato appeared in six episodes of “The Sopranos’” second season in 2000 before his character, Matt Bevilaqua, was killed by Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini). He will be supervised by his parole officer in Westchester County.