Chris Wallace Apologizes to Kelly Clarkson Over Body Shaming - NBC Bay Area

Chris Wallace Apologizes to Kelly Clarkson Over Body Shaming

Wallace and radio host "Tubby Mike" Gallagher expressed remorse for their comments about Clarkson's weight.



    Chris Wallace Apologizes to Kelly Clarkson Over Body Shaming
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    Singer Kelly Clarkson performs onstage during the iHeartRadio Music Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on March 29, 2015.

    Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace and radio host Mike Gallagher have apologized to Kelly Clarkson after body shaming her, following a public backlash and a call for apology by Fox colleague Greta Van Susteren.

    Wallace, 67, and Gallagher, 54, had mocked the 32-year-old pop star, first American Idol winner and mother of a 9-month-old baby over her weight on The Mike Gallagher Show on Friday. Wallace said Clarkson "could stay off the deep dish pizza for a little while."

    "I sincerely apologize to Kelly Clarkson for my offensive comment," the Fox News Sunday host said in a statement to E! News on Sunday. "I admire her remarkable talent and that should have been the focus of any discussion about her."

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    During the radio chat, Gallagher said, regarding Clarkson, "Holy cow, did she blow up." He also poked fun at his own weight.

    "Tubby Mike is the last person in the world who should bring up anyone's weight," Gallagher, who is occasionally featured as a contributor on Fox News, said in a statement posted on his website. "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."

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    While both Gallagher and Wallace complimented Clarkson about her singing talent during their radio chat, Van Sustern, another Fox News host, had penned a post on her website in which she condemned them over their "obnoxious" "guy snickering" and called on her Fox News colleague to apologize.

    Clarkson has not responded to their remarks or to Wallace's apology. She has shrugged off criticism about her weight before. Last week, on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and also earlier this month, she responded to body shaming remarks made by British TV personality Katie Hopkins, who had for months criticized her for not being thinner.

    On Saturday, as the men's body shaming interview started to go viral, Clarkson shared one post on Instagram, which showed she is focusing on what's truly important and near and dear to her heart.

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