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Michael J. Fox gets an apology from E! for ‘insensitive’ coverage

Michael J. Fox attends the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. Photo: Image by Getty Images

Michael J. Fox gets an apology from E! for ‘insensitive’ coverage

By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Jan 13, 2014

TV network E! has apologized to actor Michael J. Fox for its Golden Globe Awards red carpet coverage. In what USA Today is calling, “one of the more cringe-inducing moments from recent awards show memory,” during its Globes online pre-show, E! flashed what it dubbed a "fun fact" regarding Fox. It read “Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991."

As anyone in the Parkinson’s community can attest, there’s nothing “fun” about that fact. Meanwhile, the screen shot of E!’s gaffe has gone viral.
 
This morning, E! issued this apology via The Hollywood Reporter: "We regret the insensitive classification of Michael J. Fox's Parkinson's diagnosis during our Eonline [sic] live stream. We understand the serious nature of the disease and sincerely apologize."
 
“Viewers who spotted the indiscretion took to Twitter, criticizing the network for even considering including such bit of trivia,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Some users even chose to create their own "fun facts," which included messages such as “Ryan Seacrest is wearing a diaper” and “37 cats died during the making of ‘Inside Llewyn Davis.’”
 
Phyllis Stark

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Phyllis Stark is the Digital Executive Producer - National Content for Journal Broadcast Group.