Scott Baio was eviscerated in the Twitterverse after an interview he gave on Monday in which he implied that drugs and alcohol were responsible for the death of former “Happy Days” co-star Erin Moran, who recently passed away at age 56.
“I’m OK, a little shocked but not completely shocked that this happened,” said Baio in the interview (he’s since issued an apology after initial autopsy results indicated Moran’s death was not from an overdose, but from stage 4 cancer). “My thing is, I feel bad because her whole life, she was troubled, could never find what made her happy and content. For me, you do drugs or drink, you’re gonna die. I’m sorry if that’s cold, but God gave you a brain, gave you the will to live and thrive and you gotta take care of yourself.”
Among the many people who shredded him on social media is Moran’s brother, Tony Moran, who slammed Baio in a scathing Facebook post.
“A special shout out to Scott Baio,” writes Moran. “I already went on Twitter about you. I hope it finds you. You and my lil sis had a very very brief fling. She dumped you. 2 reasons. 1. She told me that you were more like a lil girl and not a man. 2. She told me that you were tiny. Ya know. Barely a man in the man region. True story! Scott, I’d advise you to get on your knees and pray you never run into me.
Moran followed that up with another post.
“Well guys. Guess what? I was contacted by Scott Baio’s wife. His wife! F***ing coward!” writes Moran. “I’ve never met her. I do know the scumbag piece of s**t Scott Baio tho. He was a piece of s**t back then and still is. He had his wife contact me! Very apologetic and s**t. Doesn’t surprise me. It’s too late you motherf***ing pieces of s**t! Go back under the rock you crawled out from under. There isn’t one word I want to hear you speak. Makes me sick to my stomach.”
Baio also took to Facebook to defend himself after being attacked for comments many deemed to be insensitive.
“[On Monday], I did a live radio interview. I was asked ONLY about Erin’s troubled past due to drug & alcohol abuse. I was still upset and said I felt that living that kind of a lifestyle will catch up with you and nothing good would come of it,” Baio wrote. “THIS WAS BEFORE THE CAUSE OF DEATH WAS ANNOUNCED STATING STAGE 4 CANCER.”
“I’m also trying to process this loss,” he continued. “Erin was my very first real girlfriend. My wife [Renee Sloan] and Erin contacted each other and spoke often for over a decade. I even had her on my reality show years ago. I DID reach out to her over a span of 30 years. Please stop assuming the worse in me. I’m a compassionate person. I’m very heartbroken over her passing, especially since it was cancer.”