Marlo Thomas slammed for joke about Sherri Shepherd’s weight

Actress Marlo Thomas has rubbed some Sherri Shepherd fans the wrong way after commenting on the talk show host’s weight on the day.

The 84-year-old That Girl star appeared on Shepherd’s new show Tuesday to promote her upcoming Hallmark film A Magical Christmas Village and other projects. Thomas and Shepherd, 55, shared a laugh and bonded over the former’s acting career, but the conversation ended with the actor commenting on the host’s recent weight loss.

“Look how beautiful you are, you’ve lost a lot of weight,” Thomas said.

After the former The View co-host shared she’d lost 35 pounds, the TV actor recalled spending time with Shepherd for Thomas’ previous AOL show.

“And you were a great woman,” Thomas said. After Shepherd moved closer to hug her and laugh with her, Thomas stretched out her arms to mimic a big belly and puffed out her cheeks.

Shepherd, still laughing, agreed, but her fans weren’t so happy about Thomas’ comment.

“She owes Sherry an apology for some unacceptable behavior that would never happen to a man just because she’s 84 doesn’t give her a passport.” A fan tweeted Tuesday.

“Marlo was totally disrespectful and Sherri dealt with her ignorance with such grace,” one fan wrote on Instagram. “‘That Girl’ is no longer that girl to me Baaaaa Bye!!

Viewers weren’t the only ones who had issues with Thomas. Page Six reported that the daytime series’ staff were “not happy about it [Thomas] fat ashamed [Shepherd] on national television.”

“[Shepherd] works really hard to create a very positive environment,” a Sherri employee told the outlet. “Moral [at work] is everything to them, so people kind of went into mama bear mode.

Thomas officials did not immediately respond to the Times request for comment on Wednesday.

Despite Thomas’s comment, the consensus was that Shepherd took the slight lightly. A staffer said, “Sherri was a good sport,” and a fan on YouTube praised the comedian for staying “classy.”

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

While some users took Shots at Thomas’ performance, a Twitter fan likened the actor to loose-lipped “elders” at church. Shepherd’s official account offered laughing emojis in response.

Shepherd, whose talk show replaced The Wendy Williams Show in September, has been candid about her weight-loss journey. In an Instagram post last year, she told fans what drives her: her son.

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

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2022-11-02/marlo-thomas-sherri-shepherd-weight-loss-backlash Marlo Thomas slammed for joke about Sherri Shepherd’s weight

Sarah Ridley

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