Now THIS is straight up racist and Connick Jr. is an idiot for agreeing to participate in this blatant ignorance. The audience should be even more ashamed for clapping and booing when the group got gonged. Connick Jr's statement at the end there wasn't credible either. Unbelievable.
HEY Hey It's Saturday's second reunion special has been marred by scathing criticism over a "racist" Red Faces performance.
A singing group called the Jackson Jive left guest judge Harry Connick Jr visibly upset and later prompted host Daryl Somers to issue a formal on-air apology.
The international crooner looked uncomfortable during the performance by the group of singers who dressed in suits with painted black faces. Connick Jr gave the troupe a score of zero and said the act wouldn't have gone down well in the United States. Later, in an on-air apology issued directly to the star by Somers, Connick Jr said he needed to "speak up as an American".
"If I knew that was going to be part of the show I definitely wouldn't have done it," he said.
Connick Jr was born and raised in New Orleans and learned to play music alongside African- American jazz musicians.