Michael Jackson's son makes entertainment debut -- as reporter

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 10:26am

CNN) -- As an heir to the King of Pop, Prince Michael Jackson should not have to work, but at age 16, he has taken a gig as a reporter for "Entertainment Tonight."

After receiving an on-camera coaching session on journalism techniques from ET's Brooke Anderson, Jackson recorded his first interview. The topic: an upcoming remake of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz."

ET will broadcast clips from the interview throughout this week.

Michael Jackson's three children -- Prince, Paris and Blanket -- were kept greatly out of public view until they appeared at his memorial service, when he died in 2009.

Since then, Prince, the oldest child, has made just a few public appearances, including at events to honor his father.

In February 2010, at the age of 12, Prince Jackson accepted a Grammy for lifetime achievement on behalf of the iconic entertainer. In the fall of the following year, he autographed replicas of Michael Jackson's "Beat It" and "Thriller" leather jackets for a special sale on Amazon.com.

Though he will inherit millions from his father's estate, he is determined to make his own money, a lawyer for the Jackson family has said.

He wants to do it all, Prince Jackson told Anderson.

"I'm looking to become well-rounded as a producer, director, screenwriter and actor," he said.

But he has said that he can't sing or dance like his father.

-- CNN's Alan Duke contributed to this report

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