Fox News Sunday‘s Chris Wallace and radio host Mike Gallagher were forced to apologize earlier this month after they made some jokes about singer Kelly Clarkson’s weight.
“Listen, don’t fat shame me. You do a lot of fat shaming. That’s the new phrase now. ‘Fat shaming,'” said Gallagher, 54, who also serves as a Fox News contributor, told Wallace, 67, on an episode of the The Mike Gallagher Show. “Have you seen Kelly Clarkson? You know the singer, Kelly Clarkson? Holy cow, did she blow up.”
“Really? Do we want to talk about some of your friends?” he replied.
“Well, look at me. I got some weight issues,” Gallagher said. “I could take a little bit of weight off.”
They then complimented her voice, but quickly went back to making digs about her weight.
“She could stay off the deep dish pizza for a little while,” Wallace said.
“Well, she had a baby, but man,” Gallagher added.
Members of the media, including some Fox News hosts, immediately rushed to Clarkson’s defense.
“Chris Wallace owes Kelly Clarkson an apology,” Greta Van Susteren wrote on her website. “This ‘guy snickering’ about her weight is obnoxious.”
While Clarkson didn’t respond to this particular incident, she has talked about being fat shamed in the past and encouraged young girls to let it roll off their backs.
“I think what hurts my feelings for people is when I’ll have a meet and greet after the show and a girl whose, like, bigger than me will be in the meet and greet and be like, ‘Oh, God!'” Clarkson said. “And they’ll say, ‘If they think you’re big I must be so fat to them.'”
“It’s like, you just are who you are,” she added. “We are who we are—whatever size,” she said. “It doesn’t mean that we’re gonna be that forever.”
Wallace quickly apologized for his comments after intense media backlash.
“I sincerely apologize to Kelly Clarkson for my offensive comment,” Wallace said in a statement. “I admire her remarkable talent and that should have been the focus of any discussion about her.”
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