The US TV host Wendy Williams has apologised to actor Joaquin Phoenix after appearing to mock a scar on his upper lip.

Williams was discussing Phoenix following his recent Golden Globes win for Joker and said she finds him "oddly attractive".

She described the scar to the audience on The Wendy Williams Show as a "hairline fracture".

She said: "He's got one of those, what do you call it? Cleft lip, cleft palate.

"I find it to be very attractive."

The presenter then hooked her finger in her lip to imitate a cleft lip, which occurs when parts of a baby's face do not join together properly during development in the womb.

The 55-year-old US TV star has now apologised to "the cleft community" for her comments on January 7, which provoked a backlash online, and said the programme is donating to two charities supporting those with the birth defect.

She also said she wanted to "encourage our Wendy Watchers to learn more and help support the cleft community".