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.