BlindGossip – This female talk show host clearly has issues with weight. Her own weight has varied over the years, and she regularly admires and comments on the bodies of thin guests when she greets them (“Look how tiny your waist is!”). She doesn’t say anything about the appearance of regular-sized or plus-sized guests. Well, not to their face, anyway. A recent show was supposed to feature a cooking segment with a celebrity chef. Before the show started, the host cattily commented to a few staffers that the chef looked a lot heavier than last time, and puffed out her cheeks to illustrate the point. She then said how glad she was that the chef had packed on the pounds, and gleefully exclaimed how tiny she would look by comparison.
The chef somehow heard about this, and balked at doing the segment with the host. To avert disaster, the producers tried to equalize the situation by dressing the host in bigger, baggier clothing and the chef in slimmer, more form-fitting clothing, but the chef was still unhappy. After much negotiation, the producers subbed in another host for that particular segment. The first host refused to apologize, saying it wasn’t her fault that the chef had gotten fat. She then tried to justify her remarks by stating that the only reason she had mentioned the chef’s weight in the first place because she was “genuinely concerned about the chef’s health”. Sure.