'Mike and Molly' Creator Thanks Marie Claire for Controversy

October 28, 2010 07:03:38 GMT

Mark Roberts admitted that it makes him 'sad' that the magazine's columnist would 'judge anyone that harshly' but at least he now knows that there could be additional viewers.

'Mike and Molly' Creator Thanks Marie Claire for Controversy
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Marie Claire editor and columnist did not wait long until the controversial article posted about "Mike & Molly" get too out of hand. They have apologized following more than 1,500 comments online and 28,000 complaints via email. But even after that, creator of the show Mark Roberts could not help but comment that it brings both negative and positive impacts at the same time.

A piece of article titled "Should 'Fatties' Get a Room? (Even on TV?)" by relationship blogger Maura Kelly set fire on readers for her comment of "I think I'd be grossed out if I had to watch two characters with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other." Kelly additionally wrote, " ...because I'd be grossed out if I had to watch them doing anything. To be brutally honest, even in real life, I find it aesthetically displeasing to watch a very, very fat person simply walk across a room."

In her apology, Joanna Coles said to, "Maura Kelly is a very provocative blogger. She was an anorexic herself and this is a subject she feels very strongly about." Meanwhile, Kelly has updated the article to tell readers how sorry she is and how she didn't mean to offend anybody.

"I would really like to apologize for the insensitive things I've said in this post. Believe it or not, I never wanted anyone to feel bullied or ashamed after reading this, and I sorely regret that it upset people so much. A lot of what I said was unnecessary. It wasn't productive, either," Kelly said in the first paragraph.

Some Marie Claire readers have canceled their subscription since the article was published and some have blamed it on Kelly's own body issue. But Roberts preferred to look at it with better eyes.

"To judge anyone that harshly and make those statements about other human beings," he said, "...even when they come out and apologize for it, I don't know how to address it. It makes me sad. But we're just trying to put on a fun show about two people falling in love, and Melissa [McCarthy] and Billy [Gardell] are two of the biggest talents I've ever met. And yes, I used the word 'big,' and I regretted it the minute it came out of my mouth."

But he pulled something positive out of this. "At the end of the day, there's a giant heart attached to the show, and it certainly has to do with the fact that we found these two wonderful actors," he said to Zap2It. "So if [the controversy] gets a few more eyeballs on our show, then thank you very much, Marie Claire."


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posted by Joanne0803 on Nov 08, 2010
what does she mean, she didnt mean to hurt anyone with her comments? What is she stupid??? Of course you hurt people with that kind of comment, she had no business doing that to someone, I dont care what her background was, keep your nasty comments to yourself!!1
posted by Me on Nov 02, 2010
I think it a funny show. I do not look at the size of their bodies, but the size of their talents.
posted by BigSouthernGirl on Oct 28, 2010
Im heavy! I love this show and even though Maura Kelly has had weight problems that aint anyones fault! Leave your troubles at home when you come to work! She needs to be fired ASAP
posted by completelyoffended on Oct 28, 2010
I really like the show, the characters fit together and make for some very funny scenes. If Maura Kelly made this comment about an African American or other minority she probably would have been fired. She makes a comment about "fatties" and then is let off with an un-sincere apology. PLEASE
posted by LostVyking on Oct 28, 2010
'Mike and Molly' just got picked up for the entire season...congrats to the cast and crew for putting together yet another great comedy for CBS. :)
posted by Jen on Oct 28, 2010
I loved Melissa in Gilmore Girls and have followed her to her new show which is great. She is a wonderful talent. I do not have weight issues but I can not stand the arrogance of people who put others down. This is where our children learn bulling from and way victims are committing suicide. She should be fired pronto!!
posted by DONTEVEN on Oct 28, 2010
What a snotty bitch!!!! Pull that stick outta your ass honey!!!!! I'd LOVE to share a meal with you!!! She should be FIRED! I will never! EVER! Read this magazine again if she isn't fired!!!
posted by Plus-Size non-Model on Oct 28, 2010
Oh, for shame, for shame. How could a television network dare to feature a couple of actors who represent a sizeable percentage of Americans on a TV show? We should hide them, sweep them under the rug, ignore them and pretend they don't exist! Yeah, that would show them! How stupid can people really be?
posted by Big Guy on Oct 28, 2010
I may feel a bit uncomfortable watching a couple who are not in my "demographic group" being intimate, but I will defend their right to do so, whether it be on TV or in real life. It's called tolerance, and Maura Kelly needs to learn some.
posted by BDGFN on Oct 28, 2010
Maura Kelly's "apology" just doesn't ring true. She only apologized after basically being forced to. So she has weight issues. Leave them behind when she writes. This show (Mike & Molly) is very funny, well-written, and has a good following.
posted by slim girl on Oct 28, 2010
michell obama is all for exercise and losing weight. She must be wasting her time. We should all 500 pounds and live to the ripe old age of 30.
posted by watcher on Oct 28, 2010
The girl from precious should become a regular and the show can be called the fat world. Fat people should not be endorsed by hollywood.
posted by movie on Oct 28, 2010
maybe they will start advertising for slim fast. wonder how they manage to stand up to film the show when they are so fat they can't walk.
posted by reader on Oct 28, 2010
The two actors are as big as the titanic may bigger than the blimp oh wait they might be a blimp we're talking FAT FAT FAT. Marie Clair should not have apologized.

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