London, Aug.7 : TV journalist Martin Bashir has apologised for making what he called a "tasteless" comment about Asian women.
Speaking at the Asian American Journalists Association annual banquet in Chicago, he said: "I'm happy to be in the midst of so many Asian babes. "In fact, I'm happy that the podium covers me from the waist down."
But in a letter published in New York magazine, the 45-year-old said: "Upon reflection, it was a tasteless remark that I now bitterly regret."
He added: "I am grateful to you for the opportunity to address those present and hope that the continuing work of the organisation will not be harmed or undermined by my moment of stupidity."
Bashir currently hosts the news documentary show 20/20 on US TV network ABC.
Bashir gained global attention by interviewing Michael Jackson in 2003.