It's a calorie comedienne conundrum. Plus-size Rebel Wilson has made a career out of being the funny fat girl. But now the "Super Fun Night" superstar is tempted to add a healthy serving of cash to her bank account by serving as a spokeswoman for a diet company, reported Radar Online on October 8.
“Rebel is asking for a fortune, but still looking at all the offers and is not ready to rule it out yet,” a source revealed. However, the insider emphasizes that she's doing it for the fortune and fame and is not hungry to lose weight.
“Rebel would be doing this strictly for the money,” insisted the insider. “She’s built a comic persona out of being heavy and nobody in her world or at ABC is pressuring her to lose weight. It would only be for the cash and the exposure.”
Although Rebel's show contract may not be tied to her weight, viewers invested in seeing her as a proud plus-size pretty woman may not be willing to watch if she sheds pounds a la Jennifer Hudson, Jessica Simpson or Sharon Osbourne. All of these women earned money by serving as various diet company spokeswomen - but none made their career out of being overweight.
Dishing on Rebel's diet company future on "The Talk" on October 9, Sharon got candid about her low-carbohydrate cash cow investment as spokeswoman for the Atkins company. She emphasized that it has been lucrative for her to lose weight and get paid for it. But all "The Talk" women wondered whether Rebel would have the same good fortune.
However, it's worth noting that one formerly fat funny woman did lose weight and actually boosted her career: Lisa Lampanelli, who had weight loss surgery and achieved more visibility for her thinner profile - learn more by clicking here.
And Gossip Cop reported on October 8 that with a rebel yell, Rebel has no desire to follow in Sharon's footsteps.
“There have been zero conversations taking place — not even a thought,” a source told Gossip Cop, insisting that Rebel cannot make room for anything else because she has "no time."
What do you think? Can a funny woman whose humor focuses on her heft retain her viewers while losing weight? Post your comments below.