Actress Natalie Portman's political T-shirt statement on live American TV this morning (29JUL04), left bosses so worried, her interviewer asked her cover it with a bunch of flowers.

The Star Wars beauty made an appearance on TV show Good Morning America to promote her new movie Garden State, but her bold T-shirt bearing presidential hopeful John Kerry's name and picture prompted veteran journalist DIANE SAWYER's fear her network ABC would fall foul of pre-election guidelines.

Partway through the interview, a smiling Sawyer said, "Now if I'm gonna talk to you, you're gonna have to hold flowers here in front of the John Kerry (T-shirt). We can't just have John Kerry the whole time. Who do we bring in for equal time?"

A stunned but laughing Portman shot back, "Come on, you've got (BILL O'REILLY's) THE O'REILLY FACTOR. That's on television; that evens it out!"

She also took the opportunity to voice her support for the Democratic contender, adding, "I love John Kerry! I just think he has the perfect combination of compassion and intelligence and composure under pressure and I'm just a huge fan."

29/07/2004 21:49