On Friday, April 3, "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace made a radio appearance on "The Mike Gallagher Show." In conversation, pizza was brought up and then the tables turned to slam Kelly Clarkson's weight gain.
Gallagher began the offensive conversation saying, "Have you seen Kelly Clarkson? You know the singer, Kelly Clarkson? Holy cow, did she blow up!"
Wallace later commented, "She could stay off the deep dish pizza for a little while," and received a backlash across the Internet, including from Fox News colleague Greta Van Susteren who stood up for Clarkson. "This guy 'snickering' about her weight is obnoxious. He should apologize," Van Susteren stated on her blog.
After such backlash, Chris Wallace issued a statement to Mediaite apologizing for his offensive remarks. "I sincerely apologize to Kelly Clarkson for my offensive comments. I admire her remarkable talent and that should have been the focus of any discussion about her," he stated yesterday, April 5.
Gallagher also took to his website to apologize. "Tubby Mike is the last person in the world who should bring up anyone's weight. I couldn't possibly feel any worse than I do for making an observation that led to the conclusion that I 'fat-shamed' this talented and classy entertainer. It was a really stupid thing for me to do," he stated.
Clarkson has not responded and it's likely she didn't even know about it. Earlier this year, Kelly Clarkson was "fat-shamed" by Katie Hopkins in which Clarkson had no idea who she was, nor knew about the comments but easily replied with, "I'm awesome!"
Clarkson's weight has been talked about since the very beginning when she won the first season of "American Idol." Through the years, her weight has fluctuated and when she was thinner it wasn't enough for critics.
Many years ago, a Twitter follower tweeted "You used to have rocking abs, what happened?" She followed up with "I traded those for a life."
While promoting Piece by Piece in March, Clarkson visited Andy Cohen on "Watch What Happens Live" where he asked how she reconciles the criticism and being so confident in herself. She replied with a sharp "Screw em! (sic)".
In June 2014, Kelly Clarkson gave birth to River Rose. During pregnancy, she gained 76 lbs due to the fact she was unable to eat anything but starchy foods. The sickness she endured landed Clarkson in the hospital and somehow was able to make it through recording the new album while pregnant.
In today's self-image world, it's refreshing Kelly Clarkson is confident enough to not care and show the world talent should override any physical appearance.