Fox News Anchor Apologizes For Fat-Shaming Kelly Clarkson
Seriously? These guys are professional news anchors?
During a radio interview this past Friday, Mike Gallagher, host of The Mike Gallagher Show on Fox, who was supposed to be discussing politics with his guests, decided instead to bring up, um, Kelly Clarkson's weight.
Once Little Caesar's new bacon-wrapped crust pizza was brought up (completely out of no where, might I add), the conversation naturally evolved into a body-shaming free-for-all.
"Have you seen Kelly Clarkson? You know the singer, Kelly Clarkson?" Gallagher prodded the Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace. "Holy cow, did she blow up."
At first, we thought Wallace was going to do the right thing, replying, "Really? Do we want to talk about some of your friends? Kelly Clarkson's got a lovely voice."
But then, he just couldn't help himself: "She could stay off the deep dish pizza for a little while."
Good one, Chris.
Unfortunately, however, this was not the first time Clarkson's been criticized for her weight, especially after giving birth to her first daughter last June. Last month, British TV personality Katie Hopkins said she thought Clarkson had eaten her backup singers.
Then on Friday, coincidentally, Clarkson appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where she finally had a chance to say her piece.
"I love that people think [the topic] is new. Like, welcome to the past 13 years," she said, shrugging off the insults.
“I think what hurts my feelings for people is that I’ll have a meet and greet after the show and a girl who’s like bigger than me will be in the meet and greet and be like, ‘Wow, if they think you’re big I must be so fat to them.' And it’s like, you’re just who you are. We are who we are — whatever size. And it doesn’t mean that we’re gonna be that forever.”
"I yo-yo. Sometimes I'm more fit and I get into kickboxing and hardcore, and then sometimes I don't and go, 'Nope, I'd rather have wine!'"
So, after facing major negative backlash, Wallace (but not Gallagher) has issued a public apology to Clarkson for his nasty comment. He told Us Weekly, "I sincerely apologize to Kelly Clarkson for my offensive comment. I admire her remarkable talent and that should have been the focus of any discussion about her."