An anchor on Fox News Channel has offered an apology after making a comment about singer Kelly Clarkson’s apparent weight gain.
USA Today reports that Chris Wallace released a statement apologizing for a comment he made in a radio interview on Friday’s “Mike Gallagher Show.” Gallagher has also apologized for his own part in what some observers are calling “fat shaming.”
In his statement, Wallace said: “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.”
Gallagher wrote online: “Tubby Mike is the last person in the world who should bring up anyone’s weight. I couldn’t possibly feel any worse than I do for making an observation that led to the conclusion that I ‘fat-shamed’ this talented and classy entertainer. It was a really stupid thing for me to do.”
Gallagher reportedly said in the interview: “Have you seen Kelly Clarkson? … Holy cow, did she blow up.”
Wallace is quoted saying of Clarkson: “She could stay off the deep-dish pizza for a little while.”