Papa Jackson? Strange But True

"I will work tirelessly at being the best father that I can possibly be,"Jackson said in a statement.

Any excuse to drop everything and launch into "King of

Pop" programming? Well, maybe we can excuse MTV just this once for celebrating

the birth of Michael Jackson's son with yesterday's spur-of-the-moment Jackson

video fest. The mother, Jackson's new wife Debbie Rowe, gave birth at

Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles in the early hours of Thursday morning.

No details about the boy, not even his name, have been revealed. "I

appreciate that my fans are elated, but I hope that everyone respects the

privacy that Debbie and I want and need for our son," Jackson said in a

statement released by his publicist. "I grew up in a 'fish bowl' and will not

allow that to happen to my child. Please respect our wishes and give my son his

privacy."