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Friday, November 23, 2007

Shamed Fox apologizes for Polish slur on 'Back to You'

Wednesday, November 21st 2007, 4:00 AM

Facing pressure from Polish officials and Polish-American groups, Fox last night apologized for airing an "insensitive line of dialogue" in an episode of "Back to You" and vowed never to air the clip again.

The move to cut the line from the sitcom came after the Polish consul general in New York, Krzysztof Kasprzyk, sent a note to Polish-American groups asking them to write to Fox boss Rupert Murdoch.

At issue was a line from actor Fred Willard, who plays an ignorant sportscaster. "Bowling is in your Polish blood, like kielbasa and collaborating with the Nazis," said Willard's character.

What especially troubled the Polish-American groups is that Poland was the only Nazi-occupied country that did not collaborate with the Nazis.

"In no way was this dialogue meant to insinuate any connection between the Polish people and the Nazi movement," Fox said in a statement. "The line was delivered by a character known for being ignorant, clueless and for saying outlandish things. Allowing the line to remain in the show, however, demonstrated poor judgment, and we apologize to anyone who was offended."

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