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.
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.”
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.