Fox News anchor Chris Wallace apologized Sunday for comments he made about Kelly Clarkson’s weight on "The Mike Gallagher Show" Friday. Even though Clarkson had a baby only a few months ago, he poked fun at her size.
"I sincerely apologize to Kelly Clarkson for my offensive comment," Wallace told Us Weekly Sunday. "I admire her remarkable talent and that should have been the focus of any discussion about her."
A controversy quickly emerged after Gallagher and Wallace made negative comments about the former “American Idol” singer’s figure during Gallagher's radio show. "Have you seen Kelly Clarkson? You know the singer, Kelly Clarkson? Holy cow, did she blow up," Gallagher said. Like Wallace, Gallagher also issued an apology to Clarkson.
Before Wallace's mea culpa, Fox News colleague Greta Van Susteren criticized him.
“This ‘guy snickering’ about her weight is obnoxious. He should apologize,” she wrote on her blog.
Though it might have seemed like Wallace was being nice at the beginning of his remarks, he ended his comments with an insult: "Really? Do we want to talk about some of your friends? Kelly Clarkson's got a lovely voice. She could stay off the deep-dish pizza for a little while."
Clarkson, 32, gave birth to baby girl, River Rose, in June. She’s “the greatest thing on the planet :),” the singer tweeted at the time. Since then, the entertainer has been criticized for her shape.
Here is our beautiful baby girl River Rose; 6lbs 6oz, 18 inches, and the greatest thing on the planet :) pic.twitter.com/zMlwNQPpRw
— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) June 20, 2014
On the same day Wallace slammed Clarkson’s weight, the singer addressed her naysayers on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Britain's Daily Mail reported.
“I’m such a creative person that I yoyo. So sometimes I’m more fit and I get into kickboxing hardcore. And then sometimes I don’t and I’m, like, ... I’d rather have wine,” she said.
Unfortunately, being fat-shamed isn’t new for Clarkson. She received similar negative criticism when she was on “American Idol.”
“I was the biggest girl in the show, too. And I wasn’t big, but people would call me big. Because I was the biggest one on 'Idol' and I’ve kind of always gotten that,” she said.
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