'Fox News Sunday' Books Mitt Romney During Melissa Harris-Perry Controversy

Mitt Romney Concession Speech - H 2012
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Mitt Romney Concession Speech - H 2012

The former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate will be interviewed by Chris Wallace after comments were made about his adopted black grandson.

Mitt Romney has booked a rare TV interview -- not so coincidentally during the same week he's been in the headlines for controversial comments made by MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry.

Fox News Channel announced Friday that the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential candidate will appear during the Jan. 5 episode of Fox News Sunday where he'll be interviewed by Chris Wallace.

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Romney, who will discuss the Affordable Care Act and security around the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics, will also likely address the lingering fallout from Harris-Perry mocking a Romney family photo on air this past weekend. While discussing the Romneys' Christmas card, Harris-Perry and other members of the panel pointed out Romney's adopted black grandson, Kieran Romney, who was seated on the politician's lap.

Harris-Perry, who mostly laughed at comments made by fellow panelists -- actress Pia Glenn said, “One of these things is not like the other." -- did get flak for making a comment about baby Kieran one day marrying Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's baby daughter.

The host quickly issued an apology on Twitter, writing, "I am sorry. Without reservation or qualification. I apologize to the Romney family. … As black child born into large white Mormon family I feel familiarity w/ Romney family pic & never meant to suggest otherwise."

That apology has not slowed criticism for the segment. It remained a subject of debate on MSNBC competitors CNN and Fox News Channel throughout Thursday night.

Fox News Sunday airs on Fox affiliates Sunday morning with an encore on FNC at 2 p.m. ET.