This Blue Ivy joke got a TV producer suspended

Beyonce hugs Jay Z and their daughter Blue Ivy as she accepts the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards. Photo/AP
Beyonce hugs Jay Z and their daughter Blue Ivy as she accepts the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards. Photo/AP

A television producer has been suspended after making a joke about Beyonce and Jay Z's daughter that went to air.

The comment, about Blue Ivy's hair, was made on the Black Entertainment Television's music video countdown show, 106 & Park.

A source at the network, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to discuss the matter publicly, said the producer was suspended after a remark about two-year-old Blue Ivy's hair.

On Monday's show during a segment about Blue Ivy's hypothetical thoughts during the MTV Video Music Awards, guest host Karrueche Tran said: "I really did wake up like this, because my parents never comb my hair."

Blue Ivy joined her mother onstage at the VMAs.

Stephen Hill, BET's president of music programming and specials, publicly apologised on Twitter.

"Last night on 106 & Park there was a stupid, unthoughtful joke made about a young child," Hill tweeted.

Hill also said the network privately apologised to Beyonce and Jay Z.

BET didn't immediately return an email seeking comment.

Tran, who has dated singer Chris Brown on and off, tweeted that she did not write the joke. She wrote: "Now y'all know I LOVE me some Beyonce and Blue Ivy!"

Hill also tweeted that it was not Tran's fault.

"We also apologise to her for putting her in that position," he wrote.

- AP

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