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Natalie Portman told to hide Kerry T-shirt

July 30, 2004 at 6:01 PM

NEW YORK, July 30 (UPI) -- Diane Sawyer, fearing ABC may violate U.S. pre-election media rules, made actress Natalie Portman hold flowers in front of her John Kerry T-shirt while on TV.

Portman appeared on "Good Morning America" Thursday to promote her new film, "Garden State," but the actress' shirt, bearing a picture of the Democratic presidential nominee, caused concern among TV executives who feared ABC would get in trouble for not giving Republicans equal time, World Entertainment News Network reported Friday.

Midway through the TV interview, Sawyer told Portman, "Now if I'm gonna talk to you, you're gonna have to hold flowers here in front of the John Kerry (T-shirt). We can't just have John Kerry the whole time. Who do we bring in for equal time?"

Portman, laughing, said "Come on, you've got (Bill O'Reilly's) 'The O'Reilly Factor.' That's on television; that evens it out!"

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