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Jenny McCarthy Defends Cousin Melissa Following Fat Hippo Remarks

February 15, 2013 01:00 PM by Stephanie Gustafson

Jenny McCarthy is not a woman you want to anger, but it appears that a film critic has accomplished just that! The Love in the Wild host shared some choice words with movie critic Rex Reed after he accused Jenny’s cousin Melissa of being a “fat hippo.” How did Jenny respond to the criticism?

Jenny McCarthy may be well known as a Playboy model and the host of Love in the Wild, but she happens to have another famous person in her family — actress Melissa McCarthy! You may remember Melissa as one of the main characters in the hit comedy Bridesmaids. More recently, however, Melissa snagged a role in Identity Thief. It was in a review of this movie that Melissa was harshly criticized by the New York Observer’s Rex Reed. The critic accused Melissa of being a “”gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success.” He also referred to the actress as “cacophonous, tractor-sized Melissa McCarthy.”

Suffice to say, Melissa’s cousin and close friend Jenny wasn’t too happy about Rex Reed’s critique. Her response? “That’s obnoxious in itself. For anyone to attack like that, it’s just wrong and hurtful, and it doesn’t do anyone any good — not even Rex Reed, you know? She’s very, very talented and people know that, so… He can go to hell.”

Jenny McCarthy was certainly not the only person to lash out at Rex Reed. The critic responded to all the negative feedback in a recent radio interview, explaining, “My point was that I object to using health issues like obesity as comic talking points. She is basing her career on being obnoxious and being overweight. And I don’t think that’s funny. I have too many friends that have died of obesity-related illnesses, heart problems and diabetes, and I have actually lost friends to this … I don’t care how much she weighs. I don’t care how much Melissa McCarthy weighs. She wants to be fat? Mark, she’s crying all the way to the bank.”

What do you think of Rex Reed’s remarks? Accurate or uncalled for? Sound off in the comments section below!

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13 Responses to “Jenny McCarthy Defends Cousin Melissa Following Fat Hippo Remarks”

  1. Sue Says:
    February 15th, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Rex Reed is still alive? Who knew.

    He was being catty and bitchy and is now trying to reframe it as being concerned about someones health. Please. If you are going to be a nasty jerk – own it. Plenty of male comics are heavy and no one does this to them. This was fat bashing a woman.

  2. happy mamma Says:
    February 15th, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    I strongly disagree with Rex Reed. He should be ashamed of himself and he is just trying to make excuses now so he doesn’t look bad. Can’t stand him.

  3. Steven "The Divster"Divver Says:
    February 15th, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    I want to wrap my arms around her.

  4. Paul Says:
    February 15th, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    There’s only so much an actor can do. Actors want to work. She’s incredibly talented and has great timing and I love her, but I see part of Rex Reed’s point. He could have phrased it much better than he did. But he failed to ask where the writer is in all this.

    Anyone familiar with Craig Mazin knows he’s an incredibly irreverent, shallow prick of a man who has to tell jokes like this because he lacks the talent to come up with truly funny stuff. He’d write about anything in order to score a payday, even at the expense of his kids one day growing up and realizing their father is truly a spineless, bottom feeder.

  5. clay Says:
    February 15th, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Jenny’s jihad for children not to be vaccinated was reprehensible.The science was wrong. Made by liars and charlatans. Yet she pushed it While she cruises on, how many children get pertussis,measles,or chicken pox because she advocated against vaccinations?

  6. leo Says:
    February 15th, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    What a douche…..

  7. Farrah Says:
    February 15th, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Like the old saying goes. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.

  8. Kathy Says:
    February 15th, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Rex Reed your are a prick. Melissa is a great actress and is funny. Her weight has nothing to do with it and how dare you bash a woman like that when there are plenty of overweight male comedians. Who cares what you think and who appointed you judge. You are a sorry excuse for a man trying to cover up your stupidity.

  9. hsf50 Says:
    February 15th, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Melissa is the reason my family has been going to the movies lately. Bridesmaids, This is 40, we will be going to Identity Thief & The Heat. All as a family-and out to pay to see a movie. We have for 11 years been at home waiting for movies to come to us, maybe once or twice going out to see a movie. But in 11 years this is the first person who draws us to the movie theater. Thank you Melissa!!

  10. phil hilstad Says:
    February 17th, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    I never heard of jenny mccarthy. But i loved melissa in gilmore girls. Dont know what all the hubbub is about and she strikesme as a grounded person who shouldn’t give a sh__.

  11. johnhenry Says:
    February 17th, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Jenny’s a looker, if she really cared bout her cousin She’d lasso that Morbidly Obese gal & tow her to tha GYM.& a diatition expert. Actors are role models.

  12. phil hilstad Says:
    February 17th, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    I never heard of jenny mccarthy. But i loved melissa in gilmore girls. Dont know what all the hubbub is about and she strikesme as a grounded person who shouldn’t give a sh__. Her character was one that anyone would be proud to own as a friend.

  13. Tammy Says:
    February 17th, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    She is fill with talent and makes me laugh uncontrollable. Love this actress!!! He is a cold hearted jerk and you are supposed to be a critic on acting skills not how much a person weighs. Angers me beyond words nothing but a bully.


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