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E! News apologized tonight for saying actor Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s diagnosis was a “fun fact.”

In its Golden Globes red carpet pre-coverage of the awards show, E! News used pop-up boxes to feature information about the show or attendees.  One of those “fun facts” said

“Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991.”

According to the Hollywood Reporter and The Wrap, E! said in a statement:

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“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.”

Gawker caught the error earlier tonight.

We are writing to E! for further comment and will update with any response.

 

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Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Diagnosis not a ‘Fun Fact’: E! News Apologizes From Golden Globes

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