The network regrets calling Fox's Parkinson's diagnosis 'fun fact' while live streaming celebrities' red carpet arrivals at the January 12 awards show.
E! made a blunder during the live stream of pre-Golden Globes show Sunday, January 12. The network mentioned Michael J. Fox's Parkinson's diseases diagnosis as a "fun fact" during the red carpet coverage which quickly drew negative reactions from viewers.
"Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991," read the "fun fact" displayed on bottom left of the screen as the actor was entering the Beverly Hills Hilton where the event was held. A Twitter user commented, "this is in no way a FUN fact."
Realizing the mishap, the network quickly issued an apology. Released via The Hollywood Reporter, the statement read, "We regret the insensitive classification of Michael J. Fox's Parkinson's diagnosis during our Eonline [sic] live stream. We understand the serious nature of the disease and sincerely apologize."
Fox was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical for his role on NBC's "The Michael J. Fox Show" at the event hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, but he lost the title to "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star Andy Samberg.
this is in no way a FUN fact pic.twitter.com/uJ9zSVuEwy— Amanda Lucci (@alucci) January 12, 2014