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From the Associated Press

Kyra Phillips, anchor of CNN’s “Live From ... ,” unwittingly upstaged President Bush’s speech in New Orleans with on-the-air analysis of her husband and the marriage of her brother -- all live from a CNN ladies’ room.

Unaware that her wireless microphone was “live” during her break, Phillips could be heard overriding Bush’s prepared address Tuesday as he was seen marking the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

The Atlanta-based Phillips, in conversation with an unidentified woman in an echoey room, dismissed most men with a vulgar term, praised her husband and said she has to be protective of her brother because his wife “is just a control freak.”

At that point, another voice cut in and told Phillips to turn off her mike.


Phillips later apologized to viewers “for an issue we had with our mikes” and “for a little bit of an interruption there during the president.” CNN issued its own official apology “to our viewers and the president for the disruption,” and apologized to the White House.