After Rex Reed took personal shots at Melissa McCarthy’s size in his film review for Identity Thief, E! caught up with McCarthy’s cousin Jenny McCarthy who had a few choice words for the New York Observer Film Critic.
"I don't have the whole story, but I do know that, after being in this business 20 years, it's really crummy that you get attacked in your personal life in general,” USA Today reported.
“That's obnoxious in itself. For anyone to attack like that, it's just wrong and hurtful, and it doesn't do anyone any good — not even Rex Reed, you know?"
Jenny continued, "[Melissa is] very talented and people know that. He can go to hell," US Magazine reported.
In his review, Reed pans the film while calling McCarthy “tractor-sized” and a “female hippo.”
During an interview with AM radio host Mark Simone, Reed went on the defensive.
"My point was that I object to using health issues like obesity as comic talking points. She is basing her career on being obnoxious and being overweight. And I don't think that's funny.
“I have too many friends that have died of obesity-related illnesses, heart problems and diabetes, and I have actually lost friends to this ... I don't care how much she weighs. I don't care how much Melissa McCarthy weighs. She wants to be fat? Mark, she's crying all the way to the bank."
The 2011 Oscar nominated actress for Bridesmaids and Emmy-award winning star of Mike & Molly has kept mum on the subject, but others like Jenny have weighed in showing their support.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bridesmaids director Paul Feig told Reed “to go f--- himself."