Clintons get apology over Chelsea TV sketch

Published July 7, 1993|Updated Oct. 9, 2005

A sketch about Chelsea Clinton was cut out of a recent rerun of Saturday Night Live, and an actor involved apologized to the White House for remarks about the 13-year-old's looks, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

In a "Wayne's World" sketch, characters Garth and Wayne suggested Chelsea isn't as attractive as Vice President Al Gore's daughters.

Mike Myers, who plays the part of Wayne, wrote an apology letter to the Clintons, the Baltimore Sun reported.

"We felt, upon reflection, that if it was in any way hurtful, it wasn't worth it," executive producer Lorne Michaels said. "She's a kid, a kid who didn't choose to be in public life."

The Clintons have zealously guarded Chelsea's private life. President Clinton decided against taking Chelsea with him to a summit meeting in Japan this week.

"She didn't want to be a big object of public interest," he said Friday.

Michaels said his show treated then 9-year-old Amy Carter "a little rougher" during the 1970s.

Mary Hoyt, Rosalynn Carter's former press secretary, said the Carters' policy was to try to tell the press as much as appropriate about their daughter.