UPDATE (Sunday, Apr. 5, 3:35 p.m. ET): Fox News anchor Chris Wallace is apologizing after remarking that Kelly Clarkson should “stay off the deep-dish pizza”; in reference to her weight.
“I sincerely apologize to Kelly Clarkson for my offensive comment,”; said Wallace in a statement. “I admire her remarkable talent and that should have been the focus of any discussion about her.”
In addition, Mike Gallagher — who goaded Wallace into making the comments on his radio show, posted a statement on his website offering his apologies: “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.”
Kelly Clarkson addressed her body-shaming critics on yesterday’s Ellen show, but now she has another critic to contend with: Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, who made an insulting remark about the “Heartbreak Song”; singer’s weight.
Wallace, the son of late 60 Minutes correspondent Mike Wallace, make the crass comment during a Friday radio appearance on The Mike Gallagher Show.
“Listen, don’t fat shame me. You do a lot of fat shaming,”; Gallagher said, according to audio and transcript documented by Media Matters. “That’s the new phrase now, “fat shaming.’ Have you seen Kelly Clarkson? You know the singer, Kelly Clarkson? Holy cow, did she blow up.”;
At first, Wallace didn’t take the bait.”;Really? Do we want to talk about some of your friends?”; he said, remarking that “Kelly Clarkson’s got a lovely voice.”;
He should have left it at that, but proceeded to step in it big time when he added: “She could stay off the deep dish pizza for a little while.”;
Wallace’s remarks raised the ire of fellow Fox News personality Greta Van Susteren. “This “guy snickering’ about her weight is obnoxious,”; she wrote on her blog. “He should apologize.”;
Chris Wallace owes Kelly Clarkson an apology http://t.co/9RvNu54vIm
— Greta Van Susteren (@greta) April 3, 2015
Wallace has yet to issue an apology, and Clarkson has not commented.