E! Entertainment apologises to Fox for Parkinson’s ‘fun fact’

13 Jan 2014

E! Entertainment has apologised to actor Michael J Fox for running a ‘fun fact’ about his Parkinson’s disease during its online coverage of the Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles last night.

The network had peppered its online pre-awards ceremony coverage with trivia about celebrities in attendance.

Fox, who had been nominated for best actor in a comedy for his new TV series The Michael J Fox Show, was arriving on the red carpet with his wife Tracy Pollan when the graphic was shown: “Fun Fact: Michael J Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991”.

Today, E! Entertainment issued an apologetic statement, saying, “We regret the insensitive classification of Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s diagnosis during our Eonline live stream. We understand the serious nature of the disease and sincerely apologise.”

The graphic wasn’t E! Entertainment’s only gaffe during the night, however. The network also showed online viewers this ‘fun fact’ about actor Robert Redford:


Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic