Marlo Thomas slammed for joke about Sherri Shepherd’s weight

Actor Marlo Thomas has rubbed some Sherri Shepherd followers the improper means after she made feedback in regards to the daytime speak present host’s weight.

The 84-year-old “That Girl” star appeared on Shepherd’s new present Tuesday to advertise her upcoming Hallmark movie “A Magical Christmas Village” and different initiatives. Thomas and Shepherd, 55, shared laughs and bonded over the previous’s performing profession, however the dialog ended with the actor commenting on the host’s current weight reduction.

“Look how beautiful you are, you lost a lot of weight,” Thomas stated.

After the previous “The View” co-host shared that she misplaced 35 kilos, the TV actor remembered spending time with Shepherd for Thomas’ earlier AOL present.

“And you were a big woman,” Thomas stated. After Shepherd moved nearer to embrace and giggle together with her, Thomas prolonged her arms to imitate a big stomach and puffed out her cheeks.

Shepherd, nonetheless laughing, agreed, however her followers weren’t as cheery about Thomas’ remark.

“She owes Sherry an apology #unacceptable behavior that would never happen to a man just because she’s 84 doesn’t give her a pass,” one fan tweeted Tuesday.

“Marlo was totally disrespectful and Sherri handled her ignorance with so much grace,” a fan wrote on Instagram. “‘That Girl’ ain’t that girl to me any longer Baaaaa Bye!!

Viewers weren’t alone in taking issue with Thomas. Page Six reported that staffers on the daytime series “were not happy that [Thomas] fat shamed [Shepherd] on national TV.”

“[Shepherd] works really hard at creating a very positive environment,” a “Sherri” workers member informed the outlet. “Morale [at work] is everything to her, so people sort of went into mama bear mode.”

Representatives for Thomas didn’t instantly reply to The Occasions’ request for remark Wednesday.

Regardless of Thomas’ remark, individuals agreed that Shepherd took the slight in stride. A staffer stated “Sherri was a good sport,” and a fan on YouTube recommended the comic for staying “classy.”

“She turned an insult into a joke,” the YouTube fan stated.

Whereas some customers took shots at Thomas’ appearance, a Twitter fan likened the actor to loose-lipped “elders” at church. Shepherd’s official account supplied up laughing emojis in response.

Shepherd, whose speak present changed “The Wendy Williams Show” in September, has been open about her weight-loss journey. In an Instagram publish final 12 months, she informed followers what motivates her: her son.

“He is 16 years old and thinks his [s—] doesn’t stink but he still tells me he loves me & kisses me before he goes to bed,” she wrote. “Jeffrey is with every sacrifice I make for good health!”