Cate Blanchett. Picture: Getty Images

Cate Blanchett has pulled out of a pair of US TV appearances because she's too upset about the death of her friend Philip Seymour Hoffman.

The Australian star was on Thursday booked to appear on Good Morning America and Live! With Kelly and Michael to promote her new movie The Monuments Men, but she has opted not to be a guest.

Her representative confirmed the interviews were cancelled to "allow Cate the time and privacy to grieve for the loss of her friend Philip Seymour Hoffman."

She became close friends with the Capote star after working with him on 1999 film The Talented Mr. Ripley.

Blanchett, who also refused to chat to the media at Tuesday's Monuments Men premiere in New York, was spotted visiting Hoffman's longtime partner Mimi O'Donnell and their three kids on Monday.

Hoffman passed away from a suspected heroin overdose on Sunday.

It's been a time tough for Blanchett who last week became embroiled in sexual abuse allegations made against Woody Allen.

In a letter to the New York Times, Allen's adopted daughter Dylan Farrow claimed she was assaulted by the US director in 1992 when she was seven.

"What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett?" the 28-year-old said.

Blanchett, an Oscar nominee for her role in Allen's film Blue Jasmine, issued a statement saying she hoped the family could find peace.

Cate Blanchett has pulled out of a pair of US TV appearances because she's too upset about the death of her friend Philip Seymour Hoffman.

The West Australian

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