New Zealand PM John Key stands by 'hot' Liz Hurley comment

Wellington, Feb 02 (ANI): New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, who has been criticized for calling British actress and model Liz Hurley 'hot', has brushed off claims that he's a sexist.

The British tabloid, the Daily Mail, picked up Key's comments after he listed glamour-girl Hurley among his celebrity crushes during an interview on Radio Sport last week.

He revealed his list of favourite females to host Tony Veitch after being asked if he'd like to be cricketer Shane Warne.

"Yeah, well, given, his current liaisons with Liz Hurley," Key said.

"I like Liz Hurley, actually. I reckon she is hot."

The Mail ran a story titled Liz Hurley is hot: New Zealand PM slammed over 'sexist' remarks, saying Key's comments had sparked a "sexist row".

"Mr Key, who has two teenagers, Stephie and Max, said that in his dream date top three - and there were 'a range' - Miss Hurley was 'a definite', especially as she's only 'slightly older'," the article read.

Despite criticism from women's rights campaigner Sue Kedgley - who the Mail said went after Key with "talons sharpened" - the Prime Minister was unfazed by the implications he'd said something wrong.

"I think [Liz Hurley] will be thrilled by the endorsement," quoted, Key as saying. (ANI)

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