News

Network calls Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s a ‘fun fact’

Network calls Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s a ‘fun fact’

NOT SO 'FUN:' Tracy Pollan, left, and Michael J. Fox arrive at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 12, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Photo: Associated Press/ Jordan Strauss/Invision

Executives at the E! network have offered an apology to Michael J. Fox after listing his battle with Parkinson’s disease as a “fun fact” during the Golden Globes coverage.

The channel is one of the leading networks for awards season reporting, with presenters Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic taking to the red carpet to interview A-list stars.

During E!’s coverage of the Globes on Sunday night, celebrity trivia popped up on the screen, but one note about veteran actor Fox sparked a series of complaints online.

The note read: “Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991.”

Bosses at the network have now apologized in a statement, which reads, “We understand the serious nature of the disease and sincerely apologize.”

Fox was nominated for Best Actor in a TV Series Comedy for The Michael J. Fox Show, which follows a news anchor’s return to work four years after a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis, but the star was beaten by Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Andy Samberg.

Latest Headlines

11 hours ago in Local

Judge: Noise ordinance can’t be used in abortion protests

COURT GAVEL

A federal judge says Portland cannot use its noise law to restrict anti-abortion protesters outside a Planned Parenthood clinic.

11 hours ago in Local

Lawmakers criticize LePage for Overdose Remark

governorlepage

Portland legislators are asking Gov. Paul LePage to apologize for falsely claiming that a high school student repeatedly overdosed and went to class after being revived with the drug naloxone a third time.

14 hours ago in Local

Atkinson Man Injured by Fire that Destroys House, Camper

FIRE1

Police say an Atkinson man suffered severe burns when his house caught fire.

14 hours ago in Local

Maine Man Hit by Moped Dies from Injuries

PORTLAND

A Portland man who was struck by a moped last week has died from his injuries.

17 hours ago in Local

Gas Prices Climbing In Northern New England

WP-GasPump

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) Gas prices have gone up a bit in northern New England.

Tweets

  • 19h
  • 42h
  • 61h
  • 62h
  • 63h
  • 64h
  • 66h