Rev. Al Sharpton: Paris Jackson's Speech Wasn't Scripted

Celebrity News Jul. 8, 2009 AT 12:46PM
Paris Jackson Paris Jackson speaks during at the Michael Jackson public memorial service on July 7, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Credit: Mark Terrill-Pool/Getty Images

Many blogs have speculated that Paris Jackson's speech at her late father's memorial was planned.

But Rev. Al Sharpton insists it was impromptu.

"That touched everyone. And I think you couldn't script that. She's not reading a prompter," he told CNN's Larry King on Tuesday night. "This is a young lady โ€“ in fact, if you saw it, they had really said they wanted Janet Jackson to speak. And Janet kind of brought her forward. And she spoke from the heart about her father. I think she's worried [about] the whole world [understanding] how human Michael Jackson was."

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The producer of the memorial, Ken Ehrlich, echoed the sentiment to CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

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"A lot of the show was not scripted," he said Tuesday. "Music was laid out, but most of the speakers really spoke from their heart โ€“ people who knew Michael well โ€“ and I think that's what gave the show its heart." He also said that the Jackson family told him "we don't want to do a TV show, we want to do a memorial service. We hope you got the feeling you were watching a memorial service."

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