He almost avoided it, but Fox anchor Chris Wallace just couldn’t help making a comment about Kelly Clarkson’s weight during a radio appearance on The Mike Gallagher Show.
Gallagher and Wallace were discussing Little Caesar’s bacon-wrapped crust pizza when Gallagher asked, “Have you seen Kelly Clarkson? You know the singer, Kelly Clarkson? Holy cow, did she blow up.”
At first, Wallace dodged the question pretty smoothly, saying, “Really? Do we want to talk about some of your friends? Kelly Clarkson’s got a lovely voice.” But then he continued: “She could stay off the deep dish pizza for a little while.”
On Friday, Fox anchor Greta Van Susteren wrote a post on her blog, calling for her colleague Wallace to apologize to Clarkson: “This ‘guy snickering’ about her weight is obnoxious. He should apologize.”
The American Idol alum has been the object of much undue criticism since giving birth to her daughter in June 2014. In fact, on Friday’sepisode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Clarkson addressed the public’s response to her weight gain. “I love that people think [the topic] is new,” she said. “Like, welcome to the past 13 years. I yo-yo. Sometimes I’m more fit and I get into kickboxing and hardcore, and then sometimes I don’t and go, ‘Nope, I’d rather have wine!’”
On Twitter, other women in media and radio have come to Clarkson’s defense:
Update 4/5/15: Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace has issued an official apology: “I sincerely apologize to Kelly Clarkson for my offensive comment. I admire her remarkable talent and that should have been the focus of any discussion about her.”