During the Golden Globe Awards, E! News entertained online viewers with what they called "fun facts." Now according to CNN on Jan. 13, the network is apologizing for a fact that was not fun for Michael J. Fox.
The "fun fact" that E! News shared pertained to Michael J. Fox's Parkinson's disease. The network posted an online blurb that said, "Fun Fact: Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991." It is unclear why anyone thought this was appropriate or even "fun" but fans of the star were not amused.
Twitter blew up as enraged viewers voiced their disgust. E! News quickly apologized for their flub and even made this statement:
"We regret the insensitive classification of Michael J Fox's Parkinson's diagnosis during our E online live stream. We understand the serious nature of the disease and sincerely apologize."
In addition to the Michael J. Fox fun fact, E! News flubbed again during the show. Although apparently not as upsetting to viewers, they also found it "fun" to mention that Robert Redford suffered from polio as a child. It is not clear who came up with these facts but certainly someone should have caught on prior to their airing and mentioned how insensitive they really were.