Michael Jackson's teenage son Prince hired as TV reporter for Entertainment Tonight
Daisy Wyatt has newly joined the Independent online team as an arts and entertainment writer. She studied English Literature at university and recently graduated from an MA in journalism. She is interested in popular culture and politics, and her radio is only ever tuned into THE HITS or Radio 4.
Wednesday 20 February 2013
Michael Jackson’s 16-year-old son has been hired as a reporter for American TV channel Entertainment Tonight.
Prince Jackson made his debut this week appearing with co-host Brooke Anderson, who mentored the teenager through his first interview with the stars of Oz the Great and Powerful.
Sitting outside the interview room, Anderson and Prince Jackson chatted about his forthcoming interview. Prince revealed he was more used to being in the spotlight and hadn’t interviewed anyone before, saying: “People are always asking me questions; it will be a great insight into the business.”
Commenting on the maturity of Prince, whose father died when her was 12, Anderson said: “You’re 16 years old but you seem so much older and so much wiser than your years.”
Prince replied: “That’s what most of my people say. That was all thanks to my dad. He raised me right.”
Despite his father’s life lived under the scrutiny of the media, Prince made it clear he has ambitions for stardom. He told the programme: “I’m looking to become well-rounded as a producer, director, screenwriter and actor.”
Sitting down with the cast of Oz the Great and Powerful, he earnestly asked for their advice for someone starting out in the industry.
Critics have been quick to judge Prince's debut, questioning whether a 16-year-old has enough experience to conduct interviews about the entertainment world. The show’s producers have also come under fire for exploiting the teenager.
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