E! Apologizes for 'Insensitive' Michael J. Fox 'Fun Fact' During Golden Globes Pre-Show

The E! cable channel has apologized for classifying TV legend Michael J. Fox‘s Parkinson’s diagnosis as a “Fun Fact” during its coverage of the Golden Globe Awards red carpet arrivals.

Fox was nominated for a Globe, in the category of best comedy actor.

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In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, E! said: “We regret the insensitive classification of Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s diagnosis during our live stream. We understand the serious nature of the disease and sincerely apologize.”

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Within moments after the “Fun Fact” graphic popped up, a screen grab (shared on Twitter by Daily Mail editor Amanda Lucci) immediately went viral, eliciting much castigation and criticism of E!’s editorial judgement.

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29 Comments
  1. Lynn says:

    They also had a “fun fact” about James Gandolfini’s death in Italy this summer. I saw it on Tumblr. So way to go there, E!

  2. Chuck Finley says:

    Holy crap someone should get fired over that.

    • arial2 says:

      Perhaps the people to be fired are those who run E! – for their hypocrisy. Joan Rivers often makes jokes about Michael J. Fox’s battle with Parkinson’s on her E! show Fashion Police and I’ve never heard anyone from the E! front office criticize, much less apologize, for that. The segment should be called “factoids” or something else with less potential to be taken the wrong way.

  3. leigh says:

    Oh no. That is so wrong.

  4. Big Mike says:

    People are too f*cking sensitive.

    • Chuck Finley says:

      Oh please, it’s rude and inconsiderate. You are just making excuses for people that are complete morons. It’s always funny to watch the more liberal people in the world hand down their lectures about how to treat others, bullying, etc… And then turn right around and say the most utterly insensitive things you can imagine.

      • Big Mike says:

        Liberal, conservative, I don’t give a sh*t. This country has degraded to the point where people piss and moan, and are “offended” by everything. It’s plainly obvious to anyone with a brain that nobody at E! Thinks it’s “fun” that Fox has Parkinson’s. Someone screwed up at their job. Big f*ckin’ deal. No reason for everyone to get their panties in a twist. Does intentions not matter to anyone anymore? Jesus, put down your pitchforks and care about sh*t that matters.

        • Chuck Finley says:

          You do a poor job of selling your point with expetive filled tirades. Go take an anger management class. It IS a big deal when someone screws up at their job and labels being diagnosed with Parkinson’s as a fun fact. Personally I have no use for a world where people don’t have to take responsibility for their screw ups.

          • Big Mike says:

            I honestly don’t care. I use profanity, because I enjoy it. As George Carlin said, there’s no bad words, merely bad intentions. Does anyone with a modicum of intelligence think that someone views Parkinson’s as “fun”? If you can’t see that, then I don’t know what the f*ck else to tell ya buddy.

          • Ben says:

            Despite Big Mike’s way of expressing himself, I’m in agreement. It was clearly a mistake, and somewhere someone is mortified and probably feels like they might get fired. Anyone who thinks they genuinely should be fired, well really they are overblowing the situation. In all likelihood, the person who decided to call them ‘fun facts’ was completely different from the person who chose the facts, and what occurred was a breakdown in communication. It’s embarrassing, and it could upset some people, but its far from what should be taken as ‘offensive’.

          • bluefairy says:

            I totally agree with Big Mike too. People are way too sensitive. I’m sure no one meant to say Parkinson’s is a funny thing, in fact most of those “fun facts” are not funny. They’re not meant to be jokes. They’re just interesting tidbits. They might as well have called that “Did you know that…?” They’re probably so used to the “fun facts” title used for interesting little pieces of info that have nothing to do with actual fun, that they didn’t even think of checking each and every factoid’s level of fun. It was a little mistake, no one meant it as an offense and those who feel offended and shout that someone should get fired over this would better get that anal clench checked. But hey, it’s easier to blow a tiny little mishap like this way over proportion than to pay attention to things that actually matter.

      • GoGiants says:

        It’s even MORE fun to watch the self-titled “Christians” (you know, the judge not lest ye be judged folks) sit and judge and judge, thus proving they are Christian in name only.

        • dond@aol.com says:

          Speaking what is true, whether from a Bible-informed perspective or personal beliefs, is not judging someone else’s actions as though one is better than the other…it is speaking truth in love. If someone murders or steals, it is not hypocritical “judgment” to call them a murderer or thief. Whether one is religious or atheist, you can humbly with noble intent to help, call a spade a spade, and not be a hypocrite.

    • CBWBDK1 says:

      Cry me a f#cking river, you bastard!!

    • Debbie says:

      While I think that the people who are saying someone should be fired are going too far, since it obviously was a mistake and not done on purpose, I think you are going a bit too far in the opposite direction. It *was* a stupid, insensitive mistake, and they were right to admit that & say sorry. I’m sure it won’t happen again now. And that’s where it should end.

  5. Ray says:

    E! network is trash for trash lovers. What do you expect?

  6. Talia says:

    Are we supposed to expect any better from the home of Kardashians? E! is the definition of trash.

  7. Fernanda says:

    Fun Fact.. E! Sucks

  8. TV Gord says:

    2012 Grammy Fun Fact: Whitney Houston died yesterday.

  9. See this is why ‘fun fact’ replacing ‘trivia’ is a bad idea. Reminds me of a time I saw a fun fact about someone being that her dad was a serial killer.

  10. Will says:

    Cringe-worthy? Yes. Should heads roll for this error? No.

    Everyone is on their high horse acting as if they have never made a mistake in their life. While I agree E! is trash tv at best, that doesn’t mean that person who added/created that “fun fact” thing should get fired for just doing their job when they probably work long hours and aren’t making much anyone. Not everyone in Hollywood is making millions.

  11. WrathofReality says:

    Fun Fact: After the 2013 Golden Globes, Taylor Swift thanked her fans for attacking Michael J. Fox (which included death threats and insensitive remarks about his disease) when he stated that he hoped Swift would not write a song about his son.

  12. Forwardad says:

    E is a bit out of control. Elizabeth Moss gave the “finger” in the dreadful manicam. It was funny I guess but there really is no checks And balances . And Ross whatever his name is and Kelly Osborne were just horrendous on the Red Carpet.

  13. Fido says:

    Someone made a mistake, an apology followed, if Michael J. Fox is cool with it then lets just move on. :)

  14. Carolyn says:

    While the category of a fun fact was a mistake, Michael J. Fox and his wife, Tracy Pollan are such a terrific couple, they probably just accepted the apology and continued with their evening.

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