He then addressed the journalists in the room, adding that Mackie's character deserves no special treatment.
"And just now I'm talking to the journalists here, because as you see, there are children here and they are much, much wiser than our generation. They're set in their heads and they're honest and they are like 'What the hell of a fuss are you making? They don't understand. You just did a headline out of someone being a fairly average person. What are you talking about?'
"It is important that we don't make a big fuss about this in a children's show, which communicates directly with children. We don't want young kids, who ... happen to fancy their own gender. We don't want them feel as if they are some of kind of special case, as that's frightening.
"And it's not your job, journalists, to frighten children. It is my job, and I will decide that."