E! Bosses Apologize For Airing Insensitive 'Fun Fact' About Michael J. Fox During Golden Globes Red Carpet Show
Michael J. Fox has received an apology from the E! network after the cable channel showed a "fun fact" about his battle with Parkinson's disease during their telecast of the Golden Globes arrivals Sunday night.
During the net's live red carpet show prior to the ceremony, bits of celebrity trivia were shown on screen, and the one about Fox, who was nominated for Best Actor in a TV Series Comedy for his "The Michael J. Fox Show," the fact shown read, "Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991."
The way it was done sparked numerous complaints online, after which E! apologized for the gaffe.
"We understand the serious nature of the disease and sincerely apologise," a statement from the network read.
Fox, whose show is loosely based on the events in his own life, plays a news anchor who goes back to work four years after he's diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
Fox and his fellow nominees lost to Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andy Samberg.
E!'s red carpet show was hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic.