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Rove McManus is called out for an old interview he did with the cast of Charlie’s Angels

Rove McManus is called out for a question he asked Charlie’s Angels star Lucy Liu in a TV interview from 2003

Rove McManus has been criticised for a 2003 interview he did with the cast of Charlie’s Angels when they appeared on his now-defunct TV show Rove Live.

In the interview, the 47-year-old TV host sat down with the lead actresses, Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu, to discuss the action movie.

Turning to Lucy, 52, the only main cast member of Asian heritage, he asked: ‘You’ve had martial arts training before. Did you teach the girls some things?’

Called out: Rove McManus has been criticised for a 2003 interview he did with the cast of Charlie’s Angels when they appeared on his now-defunct TV show Rove Live

All three actresses burst out laughing, before Cameron, 48, joked about that being Lucy’s ‘favourite question’. 

‘I really think she’s the aficionado on Kung Fu,’ added Drew, 46, sarcastically, before Lucy stated: ‘Maybe it’s because I’m Asian.’

She continued: ‘I actually have not had any experience in martial arts. I’ve just been doing it for the movies, but people think that I do because I’m Asian.’ 

Girl group: In the interview, the 47-year-old TV host sat down with the lead actresses, (left to right) Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu and Cameron Diaz, to discuss the action movie

Girl group: In the interview, the 47-year-old TV host sat down with the lead actresses, (left to right) Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu and Cameron Diaz, to discuss the action movie

Gaffe: Turning to Lucy, 52, the only main cast member of Asian heritage, he asked: 'You've had martial arts training before. Did you teach the girls some things?'

Gaffe: Turning to Lucy, 52, the only main cast member of Asian heritage, he asked: ‘You’ve had martial arts training before. Did you teach the girls some things?’ 

Quickly realising his mistake, a red-faced Rove clarified he’d ‘been told’ that she was experienced in martial arts.

But Lucy held out a hand to silence him, then said: ‘It’s okay, Rove.’ 

The video was recently unearthed by Asian Ambition, an advocacy Facebook page for people of Asian heritage.

Daily Mail Australia is not suggesting Rove assumed Lucy was a martial arts expert because of her ethnicity. He was most likely given the wrong information by a producer or researcher on his talk show.

Response: 'I actually have not had any experience in martial arts. I've just been doing it for the movies, but people think that I do because I'm Asian,' Lucy replied. Pictured in Charlie's Angels

Response: ‘I actually have not had any experience in martial arts. I’ve just been doing it for the movies, but people think that I do because I’m Asian,’ Lucy replied. Pictured in Charlie’s Angels

Lucy has also been a vocal advocate, and spoke about how Asians are as often viewed as the ‘other’ in an opinion piece for The Washington Post in April. 

‘I feel fortunate to have “moved the needle” a little with some mainstream success, but it is circumscribed, and there is still much further to go,’ she wrote. 

‘Progress in advancing perceptions on race in this country is not linear; it’s not easy to shake off nearly 200 years of reductive images and condescension.’ 

Having her say: Lucy spoke about how Asians are as often viewed as the 'other' in an opinion piece for The Washington Post in April

Having her say: Lucy spoke about how Asians are as often viewed as the ‘other’ in an opinion piece for The Washington Post in April 

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