TV Show's Filipino Joke Draws Ire

In the season premiere on ABC, Teri Hatcher's character, Susan, goes in for a medical checkup and is shocked when the doctor suggests she may be going through menopause. Susan says she wants to make sure the doctor's diplomas are -- quote -- "not from some med school in the Philippines."

That line prompted angry calls from viewers as well as an online petition demanding an apology. In the Philippines, reports on the show topped news programs and drew newspaper headlines as officials registered their displeasure.

ABC has responded with a statement, saying the network as well as the show's producers are offering their "sincere apologies" for any offense. ABC says it's considering editing the episode.


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