E! apologizes for 'insensitive' Michael J. Fox 'fun fact'

E! viewers criticized the network with its off-the-mark interpretation of a "fun fact."
Posted By Kate Stanton Follow @KateStan Contact the Author   |   Jan. 13, 2014 at 7:31 PM

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.

[Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter]

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