Jan. 13 (UPI) -- E! News is notorious for its frivolous approach to red carpet pre-shows (think mani-cams), but the network completely missed the mark when it identified Michael J. Fox's Parkison's diagnosis as a "fun fact."
As the stars headed into Sunday night's Golden Globes ceremony, the network splashed this regrettable "fun fact" onto the screen: "Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1991.”
When Buzzfeed and other observers cried foul, E! News apologized.
"We regret the insensitive classification of Michael J Fox’s Parkinson’s diagnosis during our Eonline live stream," the network said in a statement Sunday. "We understand the serious nature of the disease and sincerely apologize.”
Fox was nominated for his role in The Michael J. Fox Show.
The misstep quickly turned into a mini-meme, with social media users tweeting their own no-so-fun facts.
These Golden Globes "fun facts" are getting darker and darker pic.twitter.com/SD1E38Pg9o— Dan Amira (@DanAmira) January 12, 2014
[Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter]