Chris Wallace accused of fat-shaming Kelly Clarkson: ‘She could lay off the deep dish pizza for awhile’

It’s been a tough week for pizza.

As if there’s not enough controversy over whether some pizzerias have to serve pies at gay weddings, the deep-dish favorite became the focus of a “fat-shaming” joke Friday, when talk radio host Mike Gallagher poked fun at former American Idol star Kelly Clarkson‘s weight.

“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace, who joined Gallagher on his nationally-syndicated show Friday, was discussing the fine points of Little Caesars’ bacon-wrapped crust pizza with Gallagher when the conversation shifted.

“Have you seen Kelly Clarkson? You know the singer, Kelly Clarkson?” Gallagher asked Wallace. “Holy cow, did she blow up.”

Clarkson, the winner of American Idol’s first season, made an appearance this week on the show that made her a superstar and performed her latest song.

Wallace knows a pitfall when he sees one, and proceeded carefully — not that it mattered to the critics, who are now having a field day accusing the men of making fat jokes.

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“She has a lovely voice,” Wallace said, then added, “She could lay off the deep-dish pizza for a while.”

The same day, Clarkson appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and openly discussed her weight when the issue arose.

“I think what hurts my feelings for people is that I’ll have a meet and greet after the show and a girl who’s like bigger than me will be in the meet and greet and be like, ‘Wow, if they think you’re big, I must be so fat to them,’” Clarkson told DeGeneres.

Clarkson admitted that she’s struggled to take off some pounds since giving birth to her first child last hear.

“Sometimes, I’m more fit, and I get into kickboxing hardcore,” she said. “And then sometimes, I don’t, and I’m like, I’d rather have wine.”

UPDATE 4/5: Wallace issued an apology statement over the weekend. He said, “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.”

 

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