E! Apologizes for Michael J. Fox ‘Fun Fact’ During Golden Globes

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(CNN) — Yes, it was a fact. But no, it wasn’t fun. Not for E! and especially not for Michael J. Fox.

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The entertainment network laid an egg on the red carpet Sunday in its lead up to the Golden Globe Awards when it listed Fox’s 1991 diagnosis with Parkinson’s disease as a “Fun Fact.” The graphic appeared on E!’s Internet coverage, not on television.

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“We regret the insensitive classification of Michael J Fox’s Parkinson’s diagnosis during our Eonline live stream,” the network said. “We understand the serious nature of the disease and sincerely apologize.”

Fox appeared on the red carpet with his wife Tracy Pollen. He was nominated for best actor in a comedy for his new NBC show, “The Michael J. Fox Show.”

The 52-year-old actor first rose to fame in the early 1980s in the sitcom “Family Ties,” before starring in the “Back to the Future” trilogy and the “Spin City” TV series.

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As his Parkinson’s progressed, Fox continued to act, although less regularly until his TV show debuted in the fall. He had recurring roles on “Boston Legal” and “The Good Wife.”

–By Ed Payne, CNN


  • David Staufer

    I don’t see anything fun about finding out you have Parkinson’s disease and to think these people must not know how to read or understand what they say before opening there mouth. Does anyone look before the leap anymore? Guess not!!!

    • Deborah

      David, my sister has Parkinson’s for several years now. She is a year and a half older then me They increased her medication dosage to 3 time then what she has been taking I have done reading about it and there is a lot to learn about this disease. She had gone down hill the past 2 years and she look like she has aged 10 yrs. People who think i’s funny about this disease hope they never seen it up front and personal.

  • joe

    GOOD GRIEF! The political correctness in the country is out of control. A fun fact is a fact that is fun to know, not a funny fact. GEEZ this country needs to get it together.

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