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02/03/2015 02:29 pm ET Updated Feb 03, 2015

'Fresh Off The Boat' Star Randall Park Opens Up About Controversial Ad

Eddie Huang isn't the only member of the "Fresh Off The Boat" team who took issue with an offensive tweet ABC used to promote the new series.

The network removed the tweet after receiving criticism from Huang, whose memoir is the source material for "Fresh Off The Boat," and other Twitter users. The show's star Randall Park told HuffPost Live's Ricky Camilleri on Thursday that he agreed with Huang's critique and appreciated the network's response.

"I generally agree with Eddie most of the time. The tweet -- it was a bad ad, and I was surprised to see that. And I'm glad they pulled it," Park said.

The series has not even premiered yet -- the first episode airs Feb. 4 -- but it has already been the source of controversy about the way ethnic minorities are presented in American entertainment. In an essay for New York magazine about developing his book into a TV show, Huang said the network tried to turn his memoir into a "cornstarch sitcom," and the show's cast faced a suspect question about chopsticks during a recent panel with TV critics.

But for Park, any controversy is secondary to the fact that an Asian-American-centric show he's happy with has made it to a major network.

"I'm proud of every aspect of the show, so anything else that happens outside of it, you know, I'm good. I'm good. I'm so happy to see that [the network is] pushing it, that they're trying to get it out there, because I think people will enjoy the show," Park said. "So, I don't know -- all this other stuff, it's just a part of it. It's a part of it."

Watch the full HuffPost Live conversation with Randall Park here.

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