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Jamie Foxx defends Mayweather-Pacquiao fight national anthem

2015-05-06 16:59:04

Jamie FoxxJamie Foxx performs onstage at Apollo in the Hamptons at The Creeks on Aug. 16, 2014 in East Hampton, New York. Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Jamie Foxx got a beating online over his performance of the national anthem at the Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao fight Saturday night, but he's got a few words for all his detractors: "Calm down."

Foxx will appear on Wednesday's airing of Access Hollywood and in a preview released Tuesday, he blames the uproar on a faulty ear piece and basically people just wanting something to complain about.

"First of all, everybody calm down," Foxx says. "We had a little bit of a situation with our ear pieces. The [ear] pack actually dropped off, so I couldn't, you know… I can't hear what's playing, so I just had to go on my own. Hopefully they understand. It's just the national anthem."

"I think a little bit was just people wanted to have something to talk about," he added joking. "But everything's cool and the national anthem will be on my album and I'm gonna do whatever the hell I want to."

Foxx is making the rounds promoting his new album, Hollywood: A Story Of A Dozen Roses, which will be out May 18. On Tuesday he joined the Ellen DeGeneres Show and there, too, said technical difficulties were to blame for a performance that was "a little off."

"I can’t hear what the organ is doing with the big crowd," Foxx said. "So some of it was a little off, but in the arena it killed. The telecast was a little off."

Then he quickly added, "We still love America!"



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