April 1st, 2010
03:20 PM ET

Gabourey Sidibe to host 'SNL'

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Awards season is over, but the honors keep flowing for Gabourey Sidibe.

A rep for NBC confirmed to CNN that the Academy Award nominated-actress is set to host “Saturday Night Live.” It will be a first time hosting gig for Sidibe on the venerable NBC show.

The “Precious” star has continued to raise her profile since becoming a frequent awards nominee for her acclaimed movie role. Sidibe is scheduled to host the comedy sketch show on April 24.

It will be a busy month for "SNL" since it is bringing back its  original shows starting April 10 with Tina Fey returning to studio 8H, and musical guest Justin Bieber. Fey is a former cast member and head writer for the show.

Actor Ryan Phillippe will make his hosting debut on April 17 with musical guest Ke$ha.


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  1. Isadora Skupski

    Here is an excerpt from an iterview with Nicholas Cage about NT3:

    December 8, 2011 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. T-Ballgame

    She is morbidly obese. You can see the dang stretchmarks on her shoulders in that picture.

    its going to be interesting

    April 5, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. betty

    no i cant see how she can be called alot of names that are rude

    April 5, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. joey

    i can see how she could deal with bein called all those names

    April 5, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. K. Brown

    "Brian April 1st, 2010 3:38 pm ET

    Is this an April Fools joke? She seems very shy. How is she going to host a live comedy show? Also, what sort of skits can they write for her where her girth isn't going to be a distraction? SNL just keeps going downhill..."

    Obviously you have never seen her in an interview and are confusing her character in the movie Precious as who she really is. She as very smart, outgoing and a very funny woman. And how many damn fat men have been on SNL? Were you destracted by their girth!!!?? Seems to me like everyone thought Chris Farly was a genius. And look how he ended up!

    You people need to grow the hell up! All of you who are makin these idiotic comments about someone's size in relation to who they are obviously are dissing every fat person that I'm sure exist in your own family!

    April 5, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  6. Billiam

    Saturday Night Liver.

    April 5, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  7. Tina DiDonato

    She is morbidly obese; nothing mean about that – it's the truth. Trust me, I was fat at one point in my life, but have kept the weight off for about 25 years now. Those that say that they love their "big" bodies are liars; they are fooling themselves. It is MUCH better to be thin than to be fat.

    The movie was hard to watch – I didn't like it at all; does everything have to be so graphic?!?!?!? I really didn't need that imagery.

    April 5, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  8. BC

    Yes, she's talented and has had a great year but she is morbidly obese and needs to lose some weight. For someone so young, her size is gross and out of control. Not a hater, just keeping it real.

    April 5, 2010 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  9. Joyce Cavin

    I really think there has to be some poised, intelligent American woman politico type out there who can better represent the traditional, conservative demographic. Sarah Palin makes my stomach turn.

    April 5, 2010 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  10. mwa

    She is far too shy

    she never can look the interviewer in the eye.

    I thought she was blind at 1 point

    April 4, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. extremely-gross-fat-ugliness

    ewww

    April 3, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bill Hootnick

    All I see is a wonderful actress & beautiful talented young woman. I think she has a great sense of humor from some of the interviews I've seen with her and I think she will be able to handle anything the SNL writers come up with. Go Gabourey! Can't wait to see you on SNL.

    April 3, 2010 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  13. Bruno

    Maybe she is a one-trick pony, maybe she isn't. Because of her size, I think her 15 minutes are almost up. Not because she isn't talented, but because Hollywood can only cast her in so many roles and her weight is a factor. Hopefully, SNL can find a way to make casting directors take a second look at her for various types of roles.

    April 3, 2010 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  14. johnrj08

    What does her shyness or off-screen personality have to do with anything? Does anybody here actually believe she was invited to host SNL because of her personality or acting credits?

    I don't think anybody should be judged for their weight. How many ramp models are posting here? None? However, that's not the issue here. The issue is that this person, were it not for her morbid obesity, wouldn't have been cast in "Precious". She had no acting credits. She got the part based upon her appearance and the only reason she's been asked to host SNL is because she has become a rather controversial "figure" since the Academy Awards.

    I hope she does a great job on SNL. She probably will. Again, not the point. Basically, we're deifying someone here for being morbidly obese and little else. The real test of Sidibe's talent and popularity would only come after she lost a couple of hundred pounds. Would she have gotten the part in Winfrey's film and then been invited to go on SNL if she only weighed 200 pounds? It's a perfectly legitimate question.

    April 2, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joel T.

    Bigbill327 -

    Say man, your "gorillas in the mist " comment was really uncalled for.
    Rather RACIST and I am surprised that CNN let that one go.

    C'mon man, this is 2010. We don't need redneck comments like that.
    Get a grip on your comedy act . It needs work.

    April 2, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  16. SanDiegoGuy

    I think before you comment on someone, you should actually know something about them. Gabby most certainly is NOT shy or quiet! I've seen her on 3 interviews, and she is bright, spontaneous and funny! And as far as her weight or size - grow up, people.

    April 2, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Jackie

    SHY? Have you seen any of her interviews or has her weight kept you from listening to them. She is so far from shy and has a great sense of humor. She is young and full of life. She can be really funny. I think if Betty with her age on her can host SNL, Gaby's weight should not keep her from hosting. GO GABY!!

    April 2, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Ellen

    She's crying all the way to the bank.

    April 2, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  19. David

    Even a stray dog with mange occassionally finds some sap to take it home from the pound johnjr, but most end up in the land fill if you know what i mean
    chump.

    April 2, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Ron

    bigbill327 April 2nd, 2010 3:42 pm ET

    I thought she did a great job in " Gorilla's in the Mist: too..What a talent.
    :) funny SHI$!!

    April 2, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  21. johnrj08

    It's a safe assumption that nobody posting here is being promoted as a aspiring actress and celebrity host of SNL. Sidibe is, for want of a better word, a public figure who has come from out of nowhere to gain national fame without having paid any dues in her profession. Thousands of actors have worked for years without recognition or money, yet she was able to become famous overnight just because of the way she looked. Does anyone here actually believe that she would have been given this role if she didn't look the way she does? Does anyone truly think that her acting skills are what caught Oprah Winfrey's eye in that casting session? Give me a break!

    Attacking someone for stating the obvious is just juvenile.

    April 2, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  22. wow

    "well tyrone i would rather be a tank then have a cruel mean spirit like you"

    Thats a load of BS no one would ever want to be that fricking huge.

    April 2, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Hisighter

    I would absolutely love to see pictures of those of you who feel self righteous enough to comment on this young lady's physical appeareance. I just know if we could see what some of you look like, it would really put your ignorant comments in their proper perspective.

    And stop trying to hide behind some contrived concern for this young
    lady's health. You know you don't care about her health. Your comments only serve to expose how miserable you are about your unproductive lives.

    April 2, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  24. David

    Damn Paul, some woman totally removed your testis.
    No offense buddy, chicks say they like a man in touch with his feelings, but they really like us aggressive, arrogant types, really they do. Now that don't mean you should go around beating them or anything. That would be totally lame of you.
    And Big Girl, you sound fun. I aint got nothing against a heavy girl, as long as the weight is well placed. That said, I will be nicer. To each their own. Me personally, I just like a girl who can go 2 or 3 hours at a time. That takes stamina. If your too big, stamina will not be your strong point. Is that too much to ask?
    Chicago is tough as Texas Ron. Rock On!!!!

    April 2, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  25. bigbill327

    I thought she did a great job in " Gorilla's in the Mist: too..What a talent.

    April 2, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Ballz

    She's huge and knows it and doesnt feel bad for herself...glad she's so empowered. Wow, that is one chubby black girl
    Dont worry! if she was white, i would have said white girl

    April 2, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Angelgirluno

    CONGRATULATIONS GABBY!!!!!! ☺ This is an awesome opportunity for her! She is sooo hilarious with a beautiful, loving and confident spirit. Not only do I feel that she will do absolutely great, but that SNL would not hesitate to invite her back in the future. Whether anyone has seen the movie or not, if you have seen her in interviews or out and about, you'd know that she is a very outgoing young lady with a wonderful personality and would fit right in with SNL and its skits! I can't wait to see this....might have to DVR it too. Way to go Gabby!!!

    April 2, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Sarah

    As for her talent, she did a great job in the movie and I think she will be fine on SNL. As for her weight, she is very unhealthy right now. I like her, and that is why I hope that she takes this opportunity to lose weight. People don't have to be mean though. She is still human and has feelings just like any of us. But people don't have to act shocked either by the fact that she has a weight problem. Why is it that we can be disgusted and speak our mind about women who are too thin, but if a woman is overweight and someone says something then everyone gets defensive? Again, though, there's a difference between being concerned and just being mean

    April 2, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Ron

    Hey Paul are you gay!

    April 2, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  30. bigbill327

    Betty, ever heard of a dictionary?? Use it..

    April 2, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  31. betty

    If you'r skinny people think you have a eating disorder, If you'r overweight people think you have a eating disorder. why do people always have to comment on someones' weight or looks.

    April 2, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Big Girl

    The word STEREOTYPES is floating around in here somewhere and that's what drove me to comment. I just wish people would stop assuming things based on someone's appearance. In the meantime, I think it will be interesting to see how she does on SNL and I will be watching.

    Now, back to the comments because you guys are HILARIOUS! :-)

    April 2, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Big Girl

    First, I would like to thank you all for making what has been a very slow day at the office wildly entertaining. I love when the comments are better than the story.

    Second, I would like all those that spelled "lose" and "obese" correctly to reward yourself with a cookie or another jog around the park – whatever floats your boat – because you deserve it. Seriously, typos ruin everything. :-)

    Third, I would like people to consider just one thing – consider the fact that not all people who are obese are that way because they eat packs of bacon or whole pizzas in one sitting. Instead, it's more than likely a result of choosing the wrong food when it's time to eat. Sometimes it's merely a difference between grilled fish with a salad for dinner (easy on the dressing) and a piece of fried chicken with mashed potatoes that can lead to the extra pounds. The assumption that Gabby or any other obese person for that matter is that way because they eat themselves into oblivion is what makes the comments ignorant – not the fact that she's being called fat. She is and trust me she knows it. When a fat woman holds her head high it's not because she's proud she's fat. It's because she loves herself in spite of that fact. No harm in that. The harm would be if she didn't know she was fat and unhealthy – then we could have the discussion about reinforcing how she feels about herself enabling her to remain fat.

    The word STEREOTYPES

    April 2, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Paul

    Here's the thing, folks...I think it would be very wise to take these keen judging abilities that many of you seem to be displaying, and turn them inward and take a look at yourselves. I am DISGUSTED at some of the things that I am reading. Her life is for her to live, not any of you. Her appearance and how she feels about herself is for her to decide, NOT YOU. No one here is an example of physical and emotional perfection, so let's just remember that. The amount of vile content that so many of you spewed forth with such great ease is an embarassment and it shames me to be considering a human being along side the likes of such gross humor/hate. Truly, truly shameful. Gabourey is incredibly witty and smart and anyone who has ever seen her be interviewed knows that she has a natural comic timing that will lend itself to her succeeding in spades on SNL. You go, Gabby! "Precious" was an amazing story and you gave an amazing performance and I cannot wait to see what you do next.

    April 2, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Ron

    Hey Henry good one, Here next appearance will be flying over the Orange Bowl on New Year's Day. Funny stuff :)

    Hey Paula don't hate, because you resemble her..that's pretty juvenile of you!

    April 2, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Ron

    Hey David, no I'm a chicagoan! But long live the long-horns!

    April 2, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  37. bigbill327

    This chick's AS# is so big I bet she get's SHI$@# stains on her collar..

    April 2, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Paula G

    Gabby, more power to you! I am just wondering why many of these hate filled, juvenile comments are "deemed appropriate for posting" by CNN.

    April 2, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Jared

    Her 15 minutes aren't over yet?? :-(

    April 2, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Henry

    Here next appearance will be flying over the Orange Bowl on New Year's Day. :)

    April 2, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  41. David

    Steve is a chick.

    April 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Steve

    Hopefull I will be the last post here. I feel sickened by the revolting comments I have read. I for one will be proud to watch this woman on SNL. Luckily I just got a widecreen TV.

    April 2, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  43. David

    Are you a Texan Ron.? You sound like a Texan. Long live Texas, and Texas women!

    April 2, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Ron

    Hey Imabadman, I'm very happy with my life 6 feet 185lbs with a wonderful family and I would not trade all the money in the world to switch places with her! Look at her, she can have more money!

    April 2, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  45. David

    Did any of y'all notice the stretch marks all over the top of her body in the pic above. Who knew that was possible? Ick!

    April 2, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Imabadman

    All of you haters are mad because now she's probably worth 100 times more then all of us and she's still big! LOL! I say more power to her!

    April 2, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  47. bigbill327

    Symone, my guess is you are a fat slob yourself. You have no idea what you are talking about. So, go hide under the rock you crawled out of and get a life..

    April 2, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  48. David

    Chicks are like that Ron, especially the chunky ones (who coincidentally prefer us hot guys to their own kind), funny huh.

    April 2, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Ron

    Hey symone, I don't smoke, drink or abuse drugs...I'm 6 feet 185lbs..so shove your theory up your as*! This actress is a fat slob!

    April 2, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  50. symone

    I would LOVE to know how many of these people making remarks about Gabourey's weight and her life expectancy are alcoholics, chain smokers, and drug users. The last time I checked, skinny does not mean healthy. Skinny people die EVERYDAY from heart attacks and strokes. And to all you people making nasty remarks, I would prefer to look like Gabourey for the rest of my life than live your life for one day. The nastiness that comes out of your mouths is a sign of what's in your heart – misery and hate.

    April 2, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  51. William

    6 feet 155 pounds.. and I don't think she is a bad person because she isn't "skinny". I think perhaps SNL is going down the pooper when entertainers are invited to host after a one performance credit. One never knows, she just might be the next John Candy or Chris Farley in terms of comedic talent and no pun intended.

    April 2, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  52. David

    You want mean? Try this on: There are too many people on the planet as is, and not enough to go around. Any form of population control, whether it be disease, murder, genocide, starvation, or ugly fatties eating themselves to death, is cool with me. And when I die, there will be more air and coronas for the rest of you. I hope you enjoy.
    Dear Lord, why can't there be more Tsnamis? That always catches 'em by surprise. Feeds the fish too. I like fish.

    April 2, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Ron

    Spare us the race line Silvio...it's about weight..MORON!

    April 2, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Patrice

    I am so happy for this young woman. She makes a better role model for my children than the other actresses in her age group – that are partying non-stop and addicted to cocaine, alcohol, and their Monster drinks. Really??? You think Gabby is unhealthy? She is going to live longer than some of these 90 – 100 beauties (if that is what you think is beautiful).

    April 2, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Silvio

    Give her some credit for trying hard and doing something constructive with her life. Yes, she should probably lose some weight for her own good but that is a decision she will need to make for herself.

    The really sad part is I think these comments are less about her than how Americans feel about each other. A lot of Whites and Blacks love to hate each other. The only time we seem to get past this garbage is when somebody decides to kill Americans and they do not care if they are White, Black, Asian etc. Then we all get scared and pull together - for a little while.

    April 2, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  56. mal36

    Most of these posts are the saddest I have ever read. We can all have opinions without being so hateful. I am glad everyone here is so perfect and can point out the flaws in everyone else. Thank you!

    April 2, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Stefani

    I say everybody who keeps pointing out the OBVIOUS, that she is "overweight" "fat" "large" etc come back on here and post their height, weight and BMI. Along with the info for the rest of their friends and family. The fact that she is hosting SNL has NOTHING to do with looks. There have been many hosts on the show of all shapes, sizes, colors and backgrounds. I'm sure she will do just fine and probably better than many of her slimmer counterparts who have SUCKED as hosts. Thank you and have a blessed weekend you big meanies!

    April 2, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Hoang

    Ew, she's fat. How are the other cast members going to fit on screen when she's on?

    April 2, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Ron

    I'm a huge Chicago Bears fan and I think she could do wonders for our offensive line. What makes me laugh is that she was in one movie and now all of a sudden she is Doris Day! Someone who is that obese is lazy..flat out!

    April 2, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  60. William Spendlove

    APRIL FOOLS!!!

    April 2, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  61. josie

    I look forward to seeing Gabby host SNL. She is witty and clever! I wish her nothing but success in all she does. To all the people posting negative, meaningless remarks....don't you have anything better to do?

    April 2, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  62. NYC

    Most posters here....are unemployed. At the very least......Precious has more money than you.

    Dawg!

    April 2, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  63. PK

    I saw her on Kimmel's talk show and she is very well spoken and funny. Don't count her out.

    April 2, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  64. health?

    why are we praising someone whose healthstatus is so dismal? her life-expectancy is about 1/3 what it would be if she werent so obese. why are we letting this become the norm and praise her for being so brave when we should be praising her for trying to get healthy and loose some weight?

    April 2, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  65. johnrj08

    There seems to be two opinions in this blog. One is that Sidibe is an incredibly talented actress who happens to be heavy and that anyone who criticizes her is making fun of her or just hates weight challenged people. The other opinion is that Sidibe was awarded the role in Precious by an executive producer who related to her weight problems.

    All of the praise being heaped on Sidibe here is either endorsing her condition, or simply choosing to ignore it. This is a classic case of the Emperor's clothes. How many people are fawning over Sidibe simply because it makes them feel good about themselves. "Look at me. I'm saying nice things about a morbidly obese actress so I must be a good person." Nonsense. You're a bunch of classic enablers who are refusing to deal with the obvious.

    And, for those who think Sidibe was so fantastic in Precious, I would suggest that you know nothing about acting and that you probably didn't pay that much attention to her breath-takingly wooden, amateurish performance. This is a person who had virtually no acting experience and was handed this role by an executive producer who identified with her weight problem. Stunt casting.

    In "Precious", Sidibe's obesity was the sole requirement for her performance. Her appearance was the essence of the character she was playing. All of the self-loathing that goes with morbid obesity was there without her having to do any acting at all. Looking sad and unhappy is NOT Oscar-worthy acting, and just because the audience had a visceral response to her appearance doesn't mean she deserved to be nominated for an Academy Award.

    April 2, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  66. GrandeObama

    I've never seen a bunch of people who actually make the time to sit in front of the computer to write such crule remarks. How low can you really get? How do you look in the mirror and think you're a good person? Just give her props for getting somewhere as its never easy to get into Hollywood. Perhaps this is the door she needed opened for her to make the right changes in her life........

    April 2, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  67. Jayson

    It isn't mean-spirited to say she's a very big girl... it's the truth. It's also true to say that I could stand to lose a few pounds, but by any measure I'm far less large than she is. I'm not an award-nominated film actor/actress nor am I hosting Satruday Night Live, but that has nothing whatsoever to do with either her size or mine.

    April 2, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  68. BG

    For all of you haters: Be sure to let us know you'll be hosting SNL so we can tune in and watch. Until then, stop hating on Gabby!

    April 2, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  69. Stella

    Wow! Such mean spirited comments. Mary Kate and Ashley hosted when they were 17, so why not Gabourey? You go girl! Keep doing your thing!!

    April 2, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  70. JAM

    So sad to see that so many people are so judgmental and mean spirited. To all those making the nasty comments...I have to wonder if you are under the illusion that you are flawless? It is true that Gabby is a very big girl and I do hope that she will take steps to become healthier...for HERSELF and her family, but the mean comments are totally unnessesary. BTW, I saw the movie and I thought it was great. Both Monique and Gabby did a great job and deserved the praises they have received.

    April 2, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  71. Deja

    Well, the people who ae judging her on her size should get a life because she seems like a very nice person. I thnk she will be awesome on SNL . GOOD PICK!!! And all you HATERS until you win about some academy awards or matter fact walk on a red carpet with ither celebs be QUIET!!!!!!!!

    April 2, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  72. msdyva2u

    To:
    Captain Montreal, Franklin, Stan, Jeff, Amber, Oscar, Quay, AB, Tyrone, Jay, Linda and Larry…and a few others….
    I know you may not care about my statement, because really no one knows the other:
    It is sad that you’ll are so very RUDD and disrespectful to a person. It is sad that either of your know this person personally nor do you know what she had to endure when growing up as a child and to be able achieve apart in a movie no matter the size nor look. And partaken in a part could not have been easy for her. But think about what all of what you are saying, some of you may have kids or planning to have them. You need to ask yourself, would I want someone to speak of my child the way I have just spoken of Gabby, because she is someone’s child.
    It saddens me even more and I am sure many others to read such painful statement about a person that is doing what every American person is been trying to do for years and that is break the barriers of racism, hate, angry American and predigest.
    Come on America even though many spoke on her talent, size and looks; no matter what she is STILL an AMERICA GIRL who is human and personally may not read this type of blogging (Thank the LORD). Because you never know what someone will say that may make some one contemplate on taken there lives because of such hurtful statements. People need to be more aware of what they are saying about a person. All I will say is; May God has mercy on your souls….

    April 2, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  73. Frank

    First off, Precious is over rated. no one else wants to say it, but i saw it, and big deal ( no pun intended).
    second, SNL sucks, and has for a really long time, tina fey is their only saving grace and she is absolutely nothing compared to some of the really funny writer that have work on that show years ago, such as Conan O'Brien. I feel like This girl hosting Saturday night live isn't that big of a deal, or that big of an honor. It's like:"Hey we just made you the mayor of a town of dead people." or becoming captain of a sinking ship.

    April 2, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  74. bigbill327

    How are they going to bring her out on stage?? With a CRANE..

    April 2, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  75. CJ

    Look folks...talent aside, this young lady is not just a little overweight...she is MORBIDLY OBESE! For me, it is difficult to look at her and not see the major health issues she has or will have, not to mention society's judgement of her. I am anxious to see what kind of career (film or otherwise) she will have in the future and what kind of major health issues she will experience. It is a shame, now that she has the money, not to look into getting healthy. I am getting tired of society saying we have to be very thin or extremely fat people saying it is okay to be extremely overweight.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  76. STU

    Will they be reinforcing the stage or moving the show to a studio on the main floor?

    April 2, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  77. Jason C.

    EPIC FAILURE

    April 2, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  78. Mrs. O

    Tyrone, I think I know you, hummmmm.

    Gabby, Make that money, baby!!!!!!!!

    April 2, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  79. cstarks

    I think she's great! and it can only be good for SNL. They can have the best actors on and have the lamest skits for them! I think their writers need to be replaced!

    April 2, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  80. KWB

    ABSOLUTELY SICKENED by the comments I am reading on this page!

    April 2, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  81. Pat

    Love SNL. I will be watchin' Gabby on SNL. Thought I would rent Precious, but after this blog, no thank you. She does need to trim down for her own reasons, gradually. Perhaps she's already started?
    I lost 67 lbs over 4 yrs ago. My wake up was turning 40 & my pants size turning 40 too. There is truth to diet and exercise (and commitment too.) It is a lifestyle change by cutting portions & going to the gym routinely. Hopefully Gabby will be inspired by her budding career & make some serious changes.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  82. Dee

    Gaby was absolutely terrific in Precious and her performance was definitely Oscar-worthy. I only wish her the very best in her career, which I expect to be long and illustrious. For those of you who do not know it, she has aspirations to do comedy, so the SNL gig isn't a stretch at all, and something I am certain will be a resounding success. I think we all need to stop bashing the "Precious" people in this world, no matter how smart or hip we think it makes us look. You should be ashamed of yourselves. This woman did an outstanding job of bringing to life the incredible sadness and hopeless experienced by so many women in this and other countries. She has earned the right to now move into other challenging areas of her profession.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  83. Venom

    oh great now SNL has the guy who is like 16 and sings like a dad gum 12 year old girl

    April 2, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  84. Shaw Girl

    Yeah Gabby! Continue in your quest to take over the world:) And for all of the haters... WE SAY THANK YOU! Remember, if everybody likes you, you are doing something wrong!

    April 2, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  85. mackylane

    Congrats to her! And please, no more jokes about her weight, girth, etc...that's just mean spirited. Celebrate-don't hate.

    April 2, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  86. Kim

    I hope that's an April Fool's joke.

    April 2, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  87. Oliver

    Please, all of you spewing concern over her weight and her health really don't care. Acting as though you suddenly came up with the great revelation and solution that will save her and everyone else with a weight problem. Trust me we know our issues and we sorta appreciate you for worrying about us, so sorry if it causes you sleepless night and so much anguish when you have to write about your predictions for our health. But if it is any consolation, take some confort in knowing that we will NOT hold you accountable if we suffer a heart attack, so you can relax now and put the soap box away. As long as we feel that we are happy right up until it's time to check out, it's all good. Go Gabby, we love you.

    April 2, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  88. Vladimirovich

    Look, obviously, the girl's is limited to playing certain kind of roles because of her appearance. But within that there's a large range she can explore. She's not a one trick pony, by any means. I thought so at first, but seeing her at the award shows, she was nothing like her role. She seemed like a valley girl. Like she could be on the hills, if it wasnt for her appearance.

    April 2, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  89. Joel T.

    Tyrone,

    You are a real RICHARD CRANIUM.

    I'm sorry... Are you smart enough to figure that one out or do I need to draw you a picture???

    I know what I have to do to be a healthy human being.
    No matter what my size is or will be in the future I can now take pride in knowing that I will be a happier person than some punk who hides behind a computer screen puking vile comments to make himself feel better.

    You know what??? People like you who have to put folks down in such fashion are trying to overcompensate for some thing. What is your issue??? How ever small that issue might be???

    April 2, 2010 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  90. Sandi

    NO FN WAY. There are so may other, more talented people that have not even been asked to host the show. This is an absolute FAILURE. The Show has now officially "Jumped the Shark"...

    April 2, 2010 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  91. Kenneth

    I think we'll all be pleasantly surprised.

    April 2, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  92. Awf Hand

    She'd better milk this fame for all it's worth. Her acting range is very limited. She played ONE role exceptionally well, but, like music's one-hit-wonders, in ten years she'll be an answer to a trivia question.

    April 2, 2010 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  93. concerned

    Well now we know how many Americans feel about someone that looks different from them. Especially the ones that say they don't have a prejudice bone in their body. I guess the next thing we will hear is some of my best friends are fat.

    April 2, 2010 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
  94. Bob Ramos

    Does anyone remember that jerk radio host who predicted that Sidibe would get no further work?

    April 2, 2010 at 6:03 am | Report abuse |
  95. Tom2

    Why do you haters even comment on this blog? Nobody cares what you think. She still has the acting gig. So get over it and watch another channel on your television.

    April 2, 2010 at 4:50 am | Report abuse |
  96. Me

    I LOVED her in Free Willy.

    April 2, 2010 at 4:01 am | Report abuse |
  97. Anon

    What hatred is displayed here! It's a shame that in the quest to voice displeasure and come off as a supremely well-built wits you've all simply managed to show yourselves as the inverse. If she offends you simply by existing as she is, then the problem you have is not with her, but within yourself. Say what you will, but it will not convince Lorne Michaels to reconsider, and it certainly won't make you look like the pinnacle of human perfection for pointing it out.

    Tonight I will say a prayer for your ignorance.

    April 2, 2010 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  98. Nikki

    OMG!! This is soo cool for Gabourey Sidibe!! Just goes to show you that dreams really do come true!!

    April 2, 2010 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  99. EDJ

    I'm with you, MangoTagos and theobc. The double standard is only part of the problem that many of you have; being soulless and self-righteous is the other. Those of you who spew this superficial hatred are just plain pathetic and a waste of oxygen.

    April 2, 2010 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  100. MangoTagos

    If she were a man of that size none of you would have a word to say about it. There have been plenty of overweight, obese and morbidly obese men on SNL. Why is this the first time we are seeing anyone comment on a person's size being an issue?

    April 2, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  101. 'Mats Fan

    This just may kill this woman.

    How will an obease woman deal with the stress of a live tv show and the constant costume changes in a short amount of time?

    "She's so brave!" No. She is obease and unhealthy and should be in a hospital under a doctor's care.

    April 1, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Artie's busted gut

    You want to hit that? Better roll her in flour and look for the wet spot first.

    April 1, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  103. theobc

    she's fat, not stupid. stupid would describe some of the mean spirited comments made on here on this subject. why is it more objectionable for someone to be fat than stupid in this country? maybe that explains this country's deterioration and it's constant emphasis on how well the box is wrapped rather what is actually inside the box.

    April 1, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Dick

    This girl is an absolute disgusting pig. Fat people are the nastiest most vile things in society.

    April 1, 2010 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Oopsy

    I certainly won't be watching that episode. I'm guessing it will be as bad as the January Jones episode of SNL.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  106. precious sucks

    between fatty, er gabby, and monique's nasty hairy legs and almost comparable size, precious is the ugliest movie made in the last 25 years

    April 1, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Shannon

    Pat, you are certifiably insane! You are disgusted by looking at fat people and that is the biggest problem of Obesity? I think your biggest problem is Narcissism and I'm offended you are allowed to speak. The world would be a much better place if all of your ability to communicate was removed.

    As far as Gabby goes, the more her success continues, the more her critics will be forced to .stfu. She's doing the right thing. don't speak about it, be about it.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Captain stabin'

    Live from New York Harbor it's Saturday Night!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  109. precious sucks

    people can be as fat as they want, just don't tell me it's "beautiful" lol... it isn't, not even a little bit

    April 1, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Captain stabin'

    She bring back all the Chris Farley skits. Van down by the river anyone!!!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  111. pat

    When people comment about weight, it is not being mean, it is a FACT
    I am sick of fat people wearing their fat like it is a badge of honor and we are suppose to ignore the fact that it is very unpleasant to see them parading around in tight tight clothes, hip huger jeans with a
    tanker and whatever they are shoveling into their mouth. Do we make excuses for drunks NO, we say get them into treatment, yet we continue to make excuses for fat people and i dont just mean fat people but grossly obese people, they must have a thyroid problem or wwhatever. NO, what they have is an eating disorder that is killing
    them. Society needs to quit allowing OBESE people to make us
    feel guilty for their not doing something about THEIR problem
    because it is becoming our problem with rising health costs And as
    stated i am sick of seeing them half dressed with their mounds of
    fat hanging out for all to see, disgusting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  112. precious sucks

    lol captain montreal

    April 1, 2010 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Captain Montreal

    Congratulations, america. Your spiral into the abyss is nearly complete. Having this Jabba the Hutt impersonator host a major tv show like SNL makes me smile. She looks like she ate Gary Coleman for lunch and had Webster as a light afternoon snack. Get her a six pack of Slim Fast and a membership to Lady Fitness. Why would you idiots encourage her by saying she looks beautiful and has talent? Cleaning your plate is not a talent. All you fat broads defending her are just glad there's someone out there larger than you.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  114. precious sucks

    she's orca fat

    April 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Artie's busted gut

    Man, the toilets in the SNL studio are gonna scream when they see that coming.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  116. obamagirl38

    This face belongs on the radio!!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Artie's busted gut

    Baba Boo-ey!!!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Tonya

    Way to go Gabi!! If anyone saw "Precious" and then saw her on the red carpet at the Oscars you would know that she is in NO WAY shy. And she owes Howard Stern NOTHING! She'd already finished filming "Yelling to the Sky" AND booked the gig on Showtime BEFORE that idiot made those comments.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Ervin Raab

    You GO Gabby!

    April 1, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  120. CNNCensorsMe

    Wow – this is gonna be good. Thanks alot for voting this guy in.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Marc

    I feel bad for the stage she'll be standing on....and just think.....if the camera adds 20 pounds............

    April 1, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  122. JT

    Hope they'll be using a wide-angle camera

    April 1, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Yup

    Howard Stern

    April 1, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  124. john miknod

    What would Jesus do?

    April 1, 2010 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Edwar 34

    Ever see that movie where Rosie O'Donnel plays that challenged person?

    hmmm.....

    April 1, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Why Not

    Good for her! Surprisingly, she doesn't appear shy at all. She's was very funny on the red carpet and seems to have a terrific personality. I wish her well...and much success.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Joe

    Why do they keep saying she won't live long. Is she ill. Has she been diagnised with a life-threatening illnes. They seem to say she will die because she is to big. Helloooo, have you been to WALMART lately. The place is full of old fat people. She'll probably live to be a 100, big fine woman.

    April 1, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Caliope

    I think she should consider hosting the Biggest Loser instead of SNL.

    April 1, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Jim K.

    Sidibe is enormously talented, it would be a true tragedy to lose this great soul due to weight-related health problems. While I admire and respect her innate talent, she must ultimately confront the fact that she is basically committing suicide by self-neglect. This is not a slightly overweight person, Sidibe is obese in the extreme. She will teach us all a live-lesson one way or another, I hope it is by the example of her seizing control of her own destiny in a positive way.

    April 1, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  130. johnrj08

    There are a lot of overweight actors whose careers were built around their size. But I don't recall any of them, black, white or brown, who looked as disturbingly obese as this woman. This is not a fat woman. It is a morbidly obese woman. I would have the same complaint if she had been anorexic and skeletal. It was painful to watch her. AND THAT IS NOT MAKING FUN OF HER. Some of you people need to grow up.

    Monique, the actress who played the mother in "Precious" was heavy, too. And watching her in the film was painful as well. BUT, the reason she was painful to watch was because of her immense talent and her incredible performance in the film. What a powerhouse of an actor.

    Sidibe's performance was terrible. She had one expression on her face throughout the entire film, and don't tell me that's what was in the script. She got this part because Oprah saw herself in Sidibe and there was an emotional connection. Period. The minute I saw this person I knew I was looking at a classic example of "stunt" casting.

    April 1, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  131. littleguy

    Gosh Tyrone....I am 6'2" and weigh 195. You are so FAT compared to me...what's up with that? Oh...I know what that extra weight is...EGO

    April 1, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Macy

    Congratulations to Gabby. I didn't see Precious, I really have no interest in that storyline, but I think she is a bubbly outgoing personality.

    All of you people making cracks about her are just jealous. You wish you had half of her recognition.

    Kudos for her to have the courage to try to be a star, even though she is not the Britney / Kate Hudson type. It tells all the kids out there that you don't have to look perfect to BE SOMEBODY.

    To all of you saying she is guaranteed to die young - her mother is still alive and she is big too. See her singing on youtube.

    April 1, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Amber

    Yes... enough comments about her physicsal size... please!!!

    Just leave the whale alone, or we are going to have PETA all over us.

    April 1, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Joel A Leyton

    I don't think we should judge already, she can definitely surprise us, no more comments about her physical state please, that's rude and she's a woman for Christ sake.

    April 1, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  135. cindylou

    What is it with the rude comments? Geez, if she were a MAN, no one would say a word about size.... And everyone should see the movie – it WAS awesome and personally, I thought she deserved the Oscar!

    April 1, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Tyrone

    If she falls through the stage, that will be one of the best bloopers ever!!!! Anyone want to take a bet on the odds of that happening?

    April 1, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  137. mishagothe

    NBC must be reinforcing the stage and installing a freight elevator. SNL is irrelevant anyway, just another reason not to watch.

    April 1, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  138. Tyrone

    JoJo

    Come on man. Give her some credit, she played the part of an angry big fat young girl perfectly, no? She is now an actress. No reason to give credit to casting for finding a angry big fat young girl to play an angry big fat young girl.

    April 1, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Mr. E

    Not that this is some "hating" or some stupdi crap like that, but this rushed. She JUST got onto the star scene. Normally, people that host SNL have been out there for at least a year of relevancy.

    This reeks of deperation from Lorne & the gang.

    (Oh yeah, she needs to seriously than Howard Stern for this. I mean, she owes him a bigger thanks thank Taylor Swift owes Kanye.)

    April 1, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  140. Overweight_too

    I called this weeks ago. She can do the skit where she talks to the family about living in the van down by the river, and then fall down on the table.

    April 1, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  141. Franklin

    hey man – I also noticed the sistah aint got no eyes. freaky dudes!

    April 1, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  142. KaiserFaust

    You know what's funny is that if this were any "normal" American every comment on this board would be trash-talking the person and all Americans as fat, worthless slobs.

    But, because it's someone from Hollywood...well, we're all just evil and mean-spirited for pointing out that she could put an all-you-can-eat out of business.

    April 1, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  143. Serena

    Truth is, her size is her only selling point. Only Oprah wants to make another black icon. Whatever. But lets not ignore the bull in the china shop. Whatever people want to do they can – no biggie. We still need to speak truth in this country and stop making excuses for the uneducated or overweight or druggies and alcoholics and stop making excuses for them and help them with their problems. Healthy comes in one size, not many! No guns at their heads when the Twinkies or booze come in. Please.

    April 1, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  144. wallace

    I think she swallowed Betty White, That way both will be host at once. If she swallowed Betty, does that make Sibbidy a racist too? And she has no eyes? Weird. She's on cause she's an oddity. Black or white.

    April 1, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  145. JoJo

    Let see, one day she was a student, the next day she read for HER FIRST PART EVER, and the next day she is a star? I think many more people have paid their dues and put in the time. Her comment to the audience at one interview was "stand when you clap for me" ! Being funny or not, it turned me off. You earn respect, not fall into it. As for her weight, there may be a place in Hollywood for her, but that is not my issue with her. And I have no problem with her race.........I'm white but what does it matter? She acts like she has been here all along, and I don't think she deserves all the attention she is getting. A rising start, yes I will give her that. She got a great beak, one that everyone hopes for. Now lets see her take advantage of it! Talk to me in af ew years and she what she has done.

    April 1, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  146. Yougotpunked

    Take THAT Howard s.t.e.r.n.

    April 1, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  147. ?abc

    ?

    April 1, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Tyrone

    All you "Positive" people:

    What do you think should happen? We all get in a circle, single KumbaYa. Hug everyone and tell each other how wonderful we all are and the world is so perfect, without flaw or problems? Then you will leave with a big smile on your face and go home, while she leaves with a big smile on her face, feeling great, she will stop by the supermarket and get 10 boxes of Twinkies, 1 gallon of ice cream and eat her happy self to sleep. I just have not seen many people really react to staying in their comfort zone. I think that when someone is stuck in such a challenge as she has, that the wake up call has to be a strong one to solicit a reality check. Unless Oprah wants to take her fat self out with this girl every morning and wake her out of her sugar induced comatose in the morning, peel off the empty twinkie wrappers, and do something to move this girl – I just do not see how she is going to take action until she accepts she has a problem.

    Any of you watch Celebrity Rehab? Its interesting to watch the human psychosis and process of acceptance. Its a painful denial and Dr. Drew has to tell them the cold hard reality, over and over again. Looking at reality is harsh sometimes, telling her that she is great and beautiful and all that nonsense is the real crime because you are filling her head with lies and you will just sit there and watch her get fatter and fatter. I am sure if it was dead silent you could hear her getting fatter. You people are part of the problem. Crying like punks – don't be mean. Karma is going to get you. Tell her she is great. You tell her she is great to make yourself feel good about you.

    April 1, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  149. TJS

    If we gotta see Kirstie Alley's fat azz on tv on a weekly basis then I can watch Gabby for 1 night. Roseanne Barr's fat azz wasn't cute either and the cow ain't funny. Ironside was a fat guy sitting down... Cannon was 2 Ironsides standin up!! WTH is wrong with you people?? Oh wait, I know... you're all perfect. NOT!!

    April 1, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  150. David

    Who's Howard Stern? Name's familiar - was he on the radio a while back?

    April 1, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  151. Amber

    1st up is hosting SNL...

    Then it's off to star in her new act at Sea World (once they finish building a bigger holding tank)!!!

    April 1, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  152. Renee

    There are many actresses in hollywood who are neither skinny nor great beauties. Lest you forget, every human being on the planet has at least one physical flaw. Gabourey is a human being and whether she is fat or skinny, she is at least worthy of basic human compassion. People who are really concerned about her weight should be writing notes of encouragement to help her gain the courage that is necessary to do the hard work of losing the weight. Insults are very hurtful and very discouraging to someone who is trying to lose weight.

    April 1, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  153. Mika

    What about Betty White!?!?!

    April 1, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  154. jojo

    Would love to see pictures of all those criticizing her! I'd be willing to bet that most of them have some major flaws themselves. Beauty may only be skin deep, but ugly (mean, hateful) goes all the way to the bone and there are lots of ugly (mean, hateful, etc.) on here.

    April 1, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  155. Tyrone

    Joel:

    Ok, I am back in my mommies house. Oh that is right she died when I was a kid with my dad. Just get yourself straight. Making fun of you being fat is only making matters worst. Start by walking to get the mail. When you go to Stone Cold to get your mid morning snack, a gallon of ice cream, park as far away as you can.

    Maxine:

    Are you serious? If Karma has my name on it, it will be that this girl reads this and has a dream tonight that says, "Get a grip, find out what is wrong, be proactive, seize the opportunity at hand and let it all out". By all out, I do not mean the fat rolls fighting with the buttons on her cloths.

    If anyone should have won "Best Picture", it should be the director for figuring out how to get her and the set in the camera at one time. Who was the cameraman at the Oscars that had to zoom out, and then kept zooming out just so she could be seen on TV? Go talk to him about this whale. I do not make this stuff up, it is what happens. If you want to talk about Karma and be in denial then that is your choice. If you want to talk, lets talk about the plaque that is building up in her veins? Lets talk about the stress being put on her heart? What about her cankles? How many shoes does she go through a week? Will SNL have to send over a tow truck to get her to the set? There are a lot of questions if you want to talk about things.

    April 1, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  156. NoRez

    Well, at least Kenan Thompson gets a break from playing a large black woman for a week.

    I think it's hysterical how so many people are confusing realism with bigotry. Instead of being so offended, take a look at the womens magazines and entertainment magazines on any newsstand. THAT is what sells.

    April 1, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  157. Joe

    I think it is sad she is getting all this hype and support... Hollywood is all about appearance and beauty, like Howard Stern said apart from some actresses such as Queen Latifa there are 0 obese actresses in hollywood. Gabourney's fame will die off within a year, there is no way she is going to get a major film role based off her talent, the film Precious required a massively overweight black girl, which is what she is. She is not healthy, she is killing herself. To be that young and weight 300lbs is a death sentence. As for SNL? I thought hosting that gig was a privilege for accomplished actors, not one-time academy nominee's with ONE film to her name. Again, everyone is showing her all this support and love, to their own financial advantage. Her role on SNL, the new tv show, etc, no one cares about her talent, they are riding Precious' hype and all the media attention she is getting.

    April 1, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  158. anonnienarcanon

    I hope they don't make any jokes about her weight.

    April 1, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  159. JET25

    WOW!!! blogs a bigots marketplace.....All the negative people give yourselves hugs I am sure you all need till later Keep it Real ( KIR)

    April 1, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  160. Shannon

    She's going to be GREAT! I'm am forever a fan!

    Enough with the fat jokes. 60% of our country is obese. It's an epidemic. Accept people for who they are and your world will become a lot more beautiful.

    April 1, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  161. Amber

    I can't get over it. The more I look I look at her picture, the more I am convinced that she is the answer to this question... What if Jabba the Hutt were a young black woman??? Look for yourself. Impossible to dispute this. Somebody should ask her why she froze Hans Solo in carbonite.

    April 1, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  162. David E.

    Kilb 1189 you are the one that sound like a racist pig. This woman is a human being and deserves whatever opportunities come around her. Yes, she is fat and black, so what? Jennifer Aniston is white and in good shape and also a bimbo who doesn't know how to act, any nasty comments for her? Keep moving up GABBY, good for you, SNL will be enlighten with your presence.

    April 1, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  163. Stan

    Has anybody ever seen if this girl has any eyeballs?

    April 1, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  164. funbags3

    they're gonna need a bigger stage...

    April 1, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  165. b-truthful

    (((((((((((( LOL )))))))))))))) Jeff isnt it fun being a nut case, i love it

    April 1, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  166. Fredy Rojas

    I hope her jokes and acting in the show are as big as the size of her nature! I will love to see her making fun of herself and showing people what she is really made of. I think she will be an outstanding guest, I have seen her on interviews and she is sassy and confident..........FAT BUT DEFINITELY PRECIOUS!

    April 1, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  167. Maxine

    Such disgusting hate and racism from y'all. It's easy though for you, isn't it? Behind your computer and in your armchair, you're as brave as they come. Karma will get you though! Especially you Tyrone. I bet when you think of something even uglier than the last thing you spewed, you run like a crazed man to type it out!

    Some of you are such a hateful, waste of humanity!

    April 1, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  168. Amber

    I wonder who designs her Tents...er, I mean dresses???

    April 1, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  169. Jeff

    Viewers who don't have widescreen TVs will not be able to see all of her.

    April 1, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  170. Deserae

    I commend "Sidibe" For playing Precious!!
    It is a hard for most people and that is what this industry is all about.
    Not everyone gets a role that they want and they shine in the roles that they get!
    Blesses to all the actors/actresses that take all the criticism and still shine in everything that they do!
    *Thank You*
    =] <3 Desi :)

    April 1, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  171. b-truthful

    Viva Tyrone.....................................I swear, if you stare at the picture of her, you can actually see it growing...........

    April 1, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  172. JET25

    Melissa:
    So you shouldn't be offended at my opinion of you unless perhaps I struck a nerve... Ooouuucccchhh! So sorry dear... I m sure you a re a kind person (whatever) only in your mind!! smile tomorrow is friday

    April 1, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  173. Amber

    You go Gabby!!!

    You will make an awesome black Jabba the Hutt...

    April 1, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  174. kevin

    Wow, a bunch of people who are unattractive on the inside making fun of someone not so attractive on the outside. How ironic. Which one would you want as a friend?

    April 1, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  175. chris

    Good for her, I think the skits will be great she can play King Kong, Aunt Jemima, Mrs. Butterworth, the creature from the black lagoon, and Halle Berry if she ate a ton of food for a month straight

    April 1, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  176. Melissa

    jerking-off is an action....yes jerk-off.......not so much

    April 1, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  177. Jeff

    Whether she is Big, Small, or Medium hosting SNL is a litmus test. If she can pull this off the Hollywood community will know if she has the chops or not to carry on her career. I will be watching this SNL like I've been doing since the first episode. I will withhold judgement until after her episode airs.

    April 1, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  178. Edwar 34

    Jerking off, IS an action silly

    April 1, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  179. Thune 863

    I like this idea. I think she will be great for TV. This is her chance to get more TV time.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  180. Melissa

    Wow JEt25, sore subject for you? These are opinions, not actions jerk-off

    April 1, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  181. Vicky

    AWESOME – you go Gabby!

    April 1, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  182. Sidar

    To JEt25:

    I invite you to observe my next open heart surgery on a young person in their 20's (male or female makes no difference).

    Then you can decide if it has nothing to do with tolerance. I see with my own eyes every day on the front lines what our tolerance and enabling is doing to us.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  183. Lydia

    Hi mary quantum,
    No Im not italian.
    Till this day I cannot understand why so many people on the internet have so much hate and always write terrible things about everyone and everything. Wow I'm so glad I was raised well & with positive people around me.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  184. Eric the Actor

    She likes sammiches.

    (But I'm tuning in as she's hilarious)

    April 1, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  185. Edwar 34

    I believe the children are our future.

    Man, these chips are good

    April 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  186. mnjoe

    There's an awful lot of dumb people who can't spell making fun of this girl's physical appearance.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  187. JEt25

    Melissa:

    I bet you binge and purge or abuse laxatives or wait you are an example of self control... Please you cant even control your repulsive opinion about some one

    April 1, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  188. JEt25

    It has nothing to do with tolerance get a grip...Not every one responds to Brutal honesty honey.... The right intention might be there but for some the projected outcome never happens if you can't encourage and inspire tactfully then keep your comments to yourself.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  189. Melissa

    Voicing negative opinions about someone doesn't always equal hatred. I find her repulsive. I can't say I hate the woman..........I don't know her personally. However I can say that this is someone who represents a weakness/laziness that went WAY too far.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  190. Teresa

    Well, she's certainly getting alot of attention, both good and bad...that's the price for being a celebrity.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  191. Why All The Hate

    Looks as though the schoolyard bullies have taken their act to CNN. I bet you're mama's sure proud of you!!!! And thank heavens you're all perfect.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  192. weez

    Wow i didn't know STERN was the official spokesperson for anti-fat a**es of america..get a grip people,he is not the one hiring, HOLLYWOOD is.....DUH.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  193. Teach k

    For all the people that are making fun of Gabourney, take a good look at yourself and I'm sure you would not like what you see. Stop hating!! She is very talented and may God continue to bless her with her future endeavors. Get a life negative people.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  194. Sidar

    ... "overweight people need love too"...?

    Amen. The best way to show them love is to truly care for them, which means being brutally honest at times. I have seen too many young people being "loved" to death. This young woman is a ticking time bomb. I invite any of you who think that I am being too harsh or overly critical to take my place one day when it comes time to tell a family that their loved-one has just died prematurely from a stroke or a heart attack. Any takers? Our tolerance is sickening... literally.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  195. nonym

    She? I've seen her in a couple interviews and she's very articulate and not shy at all.

    She appeared for comedy bit on E!'s "The Soup" a couple weeks ago and was pretty funny, too.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  196. Wendy

    WOW – there are sure a lot of judgmental people commenting – what happened to the compassion in this world – apparently it is going down the tubes way to fast – shame on you people!

    April 1, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  197. Joel T.

    Wow tyrone. You cut me deep man. So deep in fact... I'm bleeding peanut butter. No... I'm mistaken. That was on my shirt.
    Go ahead for your run. You might wanna be careful. I'd hate for you to take a nasty spill and bruise your over inflated ego.

    South Beach???

    Cmon man, I'm not sparring with a .... Meat head from south beach.
    We 're just gonna have to agree to disagree on everything other than the fact that your ego is really lame. So, jog back to your mommys computer room and come back out when you can place nice ok???

    April 1, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  198. Rian

    I think she'll be great! If you've seen her on "The Soup" with Joel McHale you know that she's got a great sense of humor and good timing. She seems very outgoing. Remember, she was playing a character....that's not who she is.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  199. JEt25

    Why is it that some people believe that an overweight person needs to be told they are over weight ( in such insulting ways at that) Chances are if they have looked in the mirror they know they are over weight. What's wrong with being happy. I am sure that any person struggling with weight has to learn to be glad about something before they can learn to change themselves or else it will lead to failure everytime. Hell skinny brods are just as insecure about some part of themselves. I dont see any one brow beaten Angelina jolee ( whom might not be all there) ... I'm just saying learn when to humanize a person not humiliate them. Overweight people need love too.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  200. Edwar 34

    I is done 3rd grade and was spellin and mathin and stuff

    April 1, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  201. KD

    Brian: Obviously you haven't seen any of her interviews. She is not shy at all....

    April 1, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  202. Rick Wodd

    You People are such a$$*()#s what the hell difference does her size matter most of you are uneducated and stupid.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  203. Edwar 34

    This whole thing is reminding of a "Facts of Life" episode

    April 1, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  204. H

    Painful....utterly painful

    April 1, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  205. Memphis Slim

    Please don't put me in the same insurance risk pool that she's in.

    I can't afford to pay for her health problems because I take care of myself and weigh under 100 pounds. ALL the time.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  206. kathy

    truth hurts. but she is fat

    April 1, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  207. kathy

    where this world is going. she need to lose weight

    April 1, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  208. mary quantum

    Sorry, i was getting some chips for my "craigslist" couch, so i could watch some more reruns of the Carnie Wilson show, what was that you were saying?

    April 1, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  209. Tyrone

    Mary

    Lydia is Dan Quayle's neighbor.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  210. mary quantum

    I actually love her in a Chris Farley sort of way. Perhaps she could so some "Earnest Goes to Camp" sequels?

    April 1, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  211. Kendra

    I've read through every comment and all I can do is LOL! I'm laughing especially at Tyrone who can come up with nothing better to say than that she is an elephant (wow...really Tyrone? geez you're so observant. Why don't you tell me another 20 times to see if its any more clever than the first 10 times you said it.)

    I'm also laughing at everyone who is taking time out of their own lives to harass Gabourey for her weight and acting skills, or lack there of. Guess what guys?! No matter how much you bash her, at the end of the day SHE'S going to be on SNL (making money) while you're sitting on your Craigslist couch watching her. Of course, you'll still be mocking her, but thats just because you're simple minded :^/

    April 1, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  212. CAW

    Way to Promote Obesity NBC.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  213. mary quantum

    Hey Lydia,

    are you the lady from the italian cooking show?

    April 1, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  214. Mary

    So many haters, so little time. Gabourey should have her chance just like all the others. If you don't want to see her on SNL just sit this one out.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  215. Arron

    I do like the rejected golden girls skit idea! That would be hilarious!

    April 1, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  216. Lydia

    That is great that she is doing that, I'll be sure to watch! Oh and for all the negative people below: grow up you bunch of haters..geeze you ppl make me sick to my stomache!

    April 1, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  217. Tom D

    I think this young lady would make a fine replacement for the singer in CREED

    April 1, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  218. Melissa

    This girl is disgusting. Don't care about the acting, her obesity is a sign of laziness, and one who is weak who can't take care of herself.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  219. Arron

    I watched precious the other day, really found myself asking, What part of this is acting on Gabbys part? I grew up the fattest kid in my school, I have empathy for the weight issue. I thought the cast of the movie did really well, other than Mariah carrey and Gabby.

    My point is that I don't see tallent, but i do see charisma. She may do well if they re-issue a toonses the driving cat type of skit, call it fattses the driving pot belly pig.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  220. Grace Jones

    Flagadelic flaggings are flacid

    April 1, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  221. lindy

    These nast comments about a young woman, who most of you never met, the only place you all know her from is because she is an actress
    yet you all talk so bad about her calling her fat, pig, they will have to build a stage to hold her, what if someone call your family names.
    god is not sleeping he is taking notes.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  222. Tyrone

    I meant to say, he played in the movie a professional football player. Linemen have to carry weight and muscle. This girl looks like fat and bones.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  223. Mike

    I have flagged everyone's comments that are flagging comments. Flagging needs to be flagged.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  224. Teadge

    She is fabulous....I feel she is a great role model for our children in the African-american community because she shows the little dark skinned heavy girl with low self esteem that she can be glamourous too.. You dont have to have light skin and a thin waist to be pretty. I am very glad that hollywood is finally catching on to this trend. Everyone is not a binge and gag hollywood barbie doll wearing a size 0. Get over it because you are gonna see more of the ladies with curves on the silver screen.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  225. Haha

    And to think she turned down "Dancing with the Stars"

    April 1, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  226. Tyrone

    Susan

    Thanks!

    April 1, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  227. david stalker

    Yes, the young man carried Bone Thugs and Harmony, and quite well I might add

    April 1, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  228. Tyrone

    The young man who played in Blind Side is a professional football player. He is huge but there is a difference between carrying muscle and fat, then carrying bone and fat.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  229. Tyrone

    OK guys!

    Have fun at it. I am off to South Beach for a jog. Joel you are welcome to come and wobble next to me for a 1/2 mile or whatever your bones can handle. You probably have your face buried in the refrigerator right now. You may not like to accept reality, but reality is going to be the same no matter what you tell yourself to justify being an elephant. If you have a medical condition get a doctor who can help you balance your blood chemistry and go for a mild walk. Dont be a "pig in the blanket" watching TV.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  230. Gwenz

    I hope she does a great job! Good luck to you!

    To Julie, and the rest of you who have nothing nice to say, it must be a sad life you live in if all you do is spout nastiness. Try saying something nice and thinking good thoughts for a change!

    April 1, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  231. jeffery

    Probably her next to last gig she'll get in show biz!

    April 1, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  232. jrenee

    To all of my fellow commentors (especially all of the African Americans) What is the difference betwenn her and the young man who played in "Blindside"? He is also big and black but he will probably get more roles than her and he's not a great actor-but he is a "MAN". God deliver us from ourselves!!!!

    April 1, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  233. david stalker

    I think Susan Boyle has talked to her about her shoe choices.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  234. to js

    I'm positive SOMEONE has talked to her about her weight problem, for all we know she is planning on getting the gastric bypass surgery. You're being naive if you think NO ONE in hollywood hasn't talked to her about her weight and health.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  235. david stalker

    it would be cool if she was made up to look like Betty White for the show, and every skit was a "Golden Girls" rejected script, with the music of Yanni in the background

    April 1, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  236. Susan

    Tyrone,

    Yes, I acknowledge that she is very fat. That has been established. I guess my point about the motivation is that SHE needs to be the one to decide when she's going to try to tackle this issue. I was saying that she knows she's fat and the health risks involved. I'm sure she has many people offering to help and guide her with diet, exercise, and perhaps even the mental side of things. Perhaps Linda can say something about this. When somebody has this big of a weight issue, no diet alone is going to solve it. She might lose weight but she wouldn't be able to keep it off until she is mentally prepared to face this challenge. I suppose if I were to try to motivate her I would have her talk about how she sees herself as a smaller person. Not just a size 8 but what it really means. I don't know if this answers your question but I'm just trying to say there's more to the issue than diet and Gabby needs to be ready to accept the help that is offered to her.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  237. Rollie

    wow im so excited about this i can barely finish this senten

    April 1, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  238. shell517nj

    She was a guest on one of the morning shows and she was very funny. I think she was halarious asking that Justin Timberlake take her to the award show as well.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  239. js

    People,
    It is not bigoted or mean spirited to comment on what one's eyes tell them. This girl is morbidly obease. This is a fact, not a mean spirited opinion. Anyone who tries to shield this young lady from the obvious is enabling her and is a willing accomplice in the inevitable. It is not "judging" her to state the obvious. If she does not get help soon, she will inherit a number of health problems. Diabete, cardiac problems, respiratory problems, and high blood pressure just to name a few. The human heart was not meant to function under that much weight. If she does not get help, she will DIE. I wish someone would tell her this, sadly, I dont think anyone will and when the inevitable happens all of her enablers will be to blame.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  240. j

    I heard she eats something like 2 lbs of bacon and a dozen eggs every day. Walking heart attack

    April 1, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  241. Julie

    Why should anyone give this woman any respect when it's extremely clear to the entire wolrd that she has to self respect?

    April 1, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  242. ~*Sn00pY*~

    way to go girl! keep shining bc all this haters around the world would make u more famous dats wat ive heard! do not listen to wat dey say bout ur obesity ok? i still think u look beutiful even though i didnt even heard of u but i read all of the mean comments they left here lik tyrone nd kris nd etc. but u kno wat? i tink they just hatin on ur success as an ACTRESS becuz they dnt have anyting to do in life........so keep on the great work!take care becuz i care!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 1, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  243. Tyrone

    Joel

    Ok, so you are an elephant too. How does that make you large and in charge? This 6'2" 230 lbs will not run to mommy. If anyone saw the movie "In Bruge", that is how the world sees Americans. Fat and they can only run for 10 seconds before puking. Has anyone sat on a plane next to an enormous person, sweating, smelly? Its not fun for them and its not fun for the rest of us. Go for a walk Joel..

    April 1, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  244. jj

    its easy to make fun when you hide on the internet. if you have a pair, put up your email.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  245. Kam

    Haven't you heard? Making fun of fat people is the last acceptable prejudice. People have no qualms about sharing their hate and disgust of fat people.

    There are tons of fat male actors that have no problem in the biz. Why? Her fat is her business. It doesn't concern you, and no one is saying you have to like her or be attracted to her.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  246. Sidar

    Those of you who are all up-in-arms regarding the very direct comments her size are missing a significant element of the point... we are a country that is becoming increasingly obese. As we become more tolerant of people "of size", we completely lose sight of the extremely negative results... with increased weight comes decreased health... period. As a cardiologist, I cringe when I see this young woman's picture. I bear her no ill-will, nor do I toward any human being. However, this growing tendency to skirt these sensitive topics in favor of hurting anyone's feelings is entirely harmful. In the interest of preserving life, there is nothing wrong with calling things the way that they are. I fear that this poor young woman will indeed not live to see her 30th birthday.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  247. louise

    I think she'll do great on SNL because she's got spontaneous wit.
    Unfortunately she's being rejected because of her skin color. There have been lots of "fat" entertainers, but known treated so bady as Gabby. I hope she's tough; otherwise, she'll be traumatized.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  248. Tyrone

    Maria:

    This is America? What does that mean? The land of the free? brave? most obese per capita in the world? Ever hear a latina mother call her daughter gorda? You guys need to get out of the house, if you can fit through the door.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  249. Joel T.

    Man, all of you folks here who are putting this woman down for her weight are idiots. Know what you are speaking about before you flap your gums and puke your moronic opinions on others!!!

    I have had issues with my weight my entire life. I work hard to keep it in check but there ARE lapses and the weight comes back. I am the heaviest I have ever been RIGHT now and I am here to tell you I have not ONE problem asking some one who says something rude about me or any other "large and in charge" person what their problem is.

    You all remind me of those little brat kids who will hide behind a tree and yell at "the fat kids" and run cryin' to mommy when the fat kid kicks your @$$!!!

    I bet most if not all of you don't have "what it takes" to come out from your parents basement and away from the computer screen long enough to even converse with a large feller like me. Chances are you'd find old big boy to be just like you....

    That is if you survived stepping out into the sunshine you basement dwelling freaks!!!

    Have a nice day.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  250. looks aren't everything you shallow people

    So, she is fat but your heartless comments and jokes about that make you STUPID and she can always lose weight.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  251. Daniel

    God she's huge.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  252. Katie, Omaha

    I admire Gabourey Sidibe very much. She'll be great on SNL, mark my words.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  253. jacqueline

    I am so ashamed of all of the nasty and mean comments that have been posted. This young lady deserves to be respected just like everyone else. Just because we have freedom of speach does not mean you have the right to degrade another person.

    I'm going to pray for all of you!

    April 1, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  254. jane in wi

    So, she is fat but your heartless comments and jokes about that make you STUPID and she can always lose weight.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  255. Maria C

    I was going to say that we should forgo the comments about Sidibe's weight, and focus on her personality and moral character.

    But unfortunately, this is America: it seems to always go back to physical appearance.

    You rock, Gabourey!! :)

    April 1, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  256. linda

    tyrone..thats right . we all have struggles and handle them all differently .. just as one person to another .. not fat not skinny .. just try and have a little bit of compassion .. i never said she was healthy or didnt need to make some changes but calling her an elephant in human skin is just mean and it will not help her make the changes ..if you want to help her then offer some words of encouragement .. i am sure that there have been times in your life when you have been down and people have offered you a kind word not a kick in the face.. just remember that.. maybe you could help someone instead of putting them down..

    April 1, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  257. Tyrone

    Tracey

    I had a friend that was 400lbs and he dropped to 180. We were all proud of him, but he never got off easy. We were down his throat. When he finally stepped up, we went to the gym with him and stood behind him. You can not lead the horse, in this case elephant, to water and make him drink. Knowing someone huge does not change the fact that this girl has one movie to her name and in it she played a fat, obese girl. How does that make her a good actress?

    April 1, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  258. jb

    Hey she has to take the insults with the positive comments. She chose to be in the public eye when chose to do movies, so I see nothing wrong with the fat comments or anything

    April 1, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  259. Head Diva In Charge

    For all the men making fun of her: I have a feeling you are equally as large – add lonley and bitter to the mix.
    For the women who have something to say: If your willing to slap the junk food out of her hand every time she reaches for it – then go ahead and judge.

    I for one am looking forward to her hosting gig, and I am sure she will give into Hollywood and loose some weight (be healthy) but in her time and on her terms!

    April 1, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  260. danny

    I did not see Precious but it seemed to do very well and I heard she was great in it. Sure she is overweight but so are many male actors who have hosted or worked on SNL. Her weight in no way will impead her ability to put on a good show. I do agree though that with being so young that losing a few pounds might help just so that she can continue to spread her talent.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  261. MG

    Despite her positivity, I see an insecure person. She accepts herself as is in public, but I don't believe she truly loves how she looks. She won't survive the media attention unless she (1) works on her weight, and (2) learns to truly accepts herself.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  262. jb

    I am gonna watch just to see how many outfits she busts out of like Hulk

    April 1, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  263. Missa

    @Brian - You're an idiot. How is she shy if she's acted in a movie, has done many interviews, & is currently working on a new movie? If she were shy, I don't think she would even consider staying in the spotlight.

    @everyone_else - Stop saying she won't live to see "blah-blah" age. You don't know that. You don't even know what age you'll live to see. So...stop trying to predict when she's gonna die. She'll do it when she's ready, & if she's never ready–then that's her own decision.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  264. Brendon

    Better reinforce the stage.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  265. Tyrone

    Linda

    It is not that a mold exists that everyone has to be skinny. The girl is enormous, an elephant in human skin. Being that fat is down right unhealthy and for someone who has had these struggles you know better. It is great you lose so much weight and keep with your struggle. We all have our struggles in life.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  266. James

    Take that Howard Stern.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  267. Tracey

    Seriously?! All you guys can manage to come up with is a comment about her weight?! that's just a sign that you don't have the brain capacity to come up with a comment of any intelligence, if ya can't think of something just haul out the weight card. Nice guys! I will place a bet that each and everyone of you have a friend or family member that is overweight, and how would they feel to know that you, someone they care for is making fun others just like them?

    April 1, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  268. Laura

    I love her, and think she ought to lose some weight. It doesn't have to be so polarizing y'all. And she is not shy, she is bold and hilarious. Watch her on Jimmy Kimmel live. Photobombing Jake Gyllenhaal, priceless.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  269. Chris

    oprah backed her because of her own agenda. Oprah is so annoying. Why is she even famous? Oh thats right, she used to do the "My sister used to be a man" shows... Peggy Bundy used to love Oprah. She was the queen of trash TV. She pandered to dumb America. Lets not forget that. She is a sell out just like everyone else

    April 1, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  270. linda

    chris- i am not in anyway saying your problems are any less or greater than mine but you may handle them differently and that is why you have been able to live a healthy lifestyle for so long . I continue to fight everysingle day to reach my dreams and goals .. and if i can use my story to help even one person that has been where i am then it was worth every step of every mile and every pound i have had to lose.. we take sooo many things in the world for granted ..just being able to walk from our car into a business , being able to take a bubble bath or clean your house.. these are everyday things that no one gives a second thought about but i could not do them so now that i can i appreciate each and every second of everyday that i have.. . everyone copes differently.. that is all i am saying .. and i could be way off ..this girl might like to eat just because but i am guessing not.. and as far as hollywood .. if she is brave enough to dream it and go for it then she deserves the opprotunity to prove herself!! i hope she breaks the mold of everyone has to be skinny..

    April 1, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  271. Tyrone

    Jomba

    What exactly did she do so well? I saw the movie and I just do not get it. She played a fat girl, with the same expression on her face the whole movie.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  272. jb

    They lured her in with a bucket of chicken !

    April 1, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  273. LBW

    SNL is all about making fun of people. I'm afraid she is setting herself up for a lot of ridicule and pain. I don't think I could watch that.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  274. Jason Acord

    Epic Fail!

    April 1, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  275. jb

    She lives in a van down by the river !!!!!

    April 1, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  276. jb

    hahaha

    April 1, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  277. Michael

    Seriously regardless of her size. Ok, let's face it, she is huge. What will she play in the skits? The skinny girl? Let's get real. Every skit will show her or play off the fact that she is extremely obese. 1 skit or 2 might be funny. SNL is supposed to be funny. Her movie was not funny. So what is she going to play that isn't going to rub it down our face that she is like 300lbs with 85% BF?

    BTW: she would look 100x hotter if she got thin. I see Brandy underneath all that.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  278. Tyrone

    Susan

    No, my comments were pointing to a obvious, unwavering fact. You are the one who read what you wanted to read and came to your conclusions about me. That is your choice and your insecurity. The girl is outrageously fat or are you blind?

    I still do not know what you would do to motivate her. You are preaching about the physiological issues confronting her. What would you do to get this girl moving in the right direction?

    April 1, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  279. Seriously!

    When the show is over, will she sing? j/k

    Hey, it's better than Kate Gosselin on DWTS. You have to agree with that.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  280. jb

    oh and Oprah sucks too, for all you Opraholics

    April 1, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  281. linda

    daniel you can go to my myspace page and read my whole weight loss story if you would like .. it is way too much to try and put in a comment on the computer..there are also before and after pictures .. my myspace id is myspace.com/lindalou24.. my story is listed under my new beginning ..

    April 1, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  282. JRAY

    IDIOTS!!........her performance in Precious was amazing.....and....umm.....she's making it not....are you?

    April 1, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  283. jb

    I dont think so at here rate of weight she most likely is not the halthiest thing, so she needs to lose or she will be another Chris Farly,John Candy etc. so I dont see her getting much higher, cause she dang sure cant jump too high

    April 1, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  284. jomba

    Why is it that people can't grasp how to spell "lose"? loose is what Tyrone's mother was when she was knocked up by his loser father.

    Gabby is a great actress. She is heavy, yes, but she did an outstanding job with the role.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  285. Chris

    Im sorry linda but I have lived a healthy lifestyle my whole life. Are you claiming your problems or emotions are greater than mine? Are you claiming her's are? I think it is amazing how you fought back and got yourself to a healthy place. But I can't play in the NFL because I don't fit the criteria. This girl is trying to play in Hollywood and people have every right to question if she can fit the criteria.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  286. Susan

    Tyrone,

    Why are you now showing concern for her physical health? All of your other comments were cheap shots that do nothing but elevate your own fragile sense of self? She is a young person who is experiencing a lot of attention and fame. She knows she's fat. She knows she's mocked. She knows her health is in danger. Obesity is more than a loss of self-control. There is a strong emotional tie to food...especially with women.....Just as any addiction....not to mention cultural or family influences. When someone gets to be that large, the emotional side of overeating needs to be addressed as much as healthier habits. She's got a lot going on in her life and she may still be turning to food in order to cope with her new found fame. I believe that she will get to a point where she is ready to tackle this problem. I don't believe she's ever going to be a small girl, but I think she can be healthier.....Perhaps Oprah can be a positive influence as she has walked the walk and talked the talk for many years. Oprah came from an abusive underprivileged background which contributed to her low self esteem and life-long weight issues.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  287. Blessed and Highly Favored

    WOW, such evil spewing from the mouths of some of these posts. Such bitterness and hatred for someone you do not even know.
    Some of you truly need to get you own house in order before you continue to cast stones. Why talk about the speck in someone elses eye when you have a plank in your own.

    Gabby, is blessed and will continue to be. Your hating on her is only going to propel her up higher and higher and then you will be stuck watching her suceed and become richer and richer while you sit at home doing nothing but complaining.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  288. Howard Stern

    Jeezus, Mary n Joseph, OOFA! Is she FAT!

    April 1, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  289. Stacey

    Any skinny actress in Hollywood is just a skinny girl playing a skinny girl in a movie too if you want to use that analogy. the movie was not just about her being Fat. Her character was very different from her true person and there was plenty of acting chops on her part. She is good and it took guts to play that roll. Shame on all of you who stand behind a computer monitor to spew hateful words towards someone you dont know and would never say to her or anyones face. It is sick the percentage of comments on all the articles that are hateful .. Your own life must be pretty bad to say these words about someone else. I hope your day gets better!

    April 1, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  290. linda

    chris.. you are right it does not happen overnite and it didnt happen overnite for me .. there are reasons behind why she is that size .. people handle things differently .. i usedt to use food for everything in my life.. i ate when i was happy, sad, mad, did i mention happy? i used food to control every emotion in my life and until i figured out why i did that i was not able to change it so this girl is not this size just because she chooses to be .. everyone has a choice and everyone can change.. it took me almost 3 years to lose the weight i have lost but the emotional damage that is done to oneself is far greater than the physical .. so until you walk in those shoes.. dont judge...

    April 1, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  291. jb

    Oh no...I hope Carnegie deli has enough sandwich meat for the green room. Hey , all Carnegie deli patrons better just not plan on eating there the following sunday, they will be out of deli meat.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  292. Daniel Jones

    linda

    How does anyone get to 546 pounds? When did the alarm bell go off, at 500? For most of us a look in a full-length mirror while 30 pounds overweight does the trick.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  293. Chris

    rb2007rb

    Give me a break, how does FAT have anything to do with her color? Rosanne has been made fun of for years. Get over it dude. GET OVER IT! You're pathetic

    April 1, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  294. Me

    Anyone making fun of this person is a pathetic human being and if any of you had half of her abilities, you would be a better person. It's one thing to suggest that, for health reasons, she should consider doing something... but when you mock her, you are nothing but a coward hiding behind a keyboard... and probably laughed at by more people than you realize... I, for one, congratulate her and SNL... I congratulate her for not listening to the keyboard cowards, and I congratulate SNL for judging the person, rather than simply choosing those who we typically see as beautiful because of a particular body type...

    April 1, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  295. Tyrone

    Rb

    Is fat a race? Will it be a box on the Census forms?

    April 1, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  296. LadyS

    @ lalayna, I saw that too!! Gaby is hilarious! I think she's fantastic. She has a really great energy about her and she will DEFINITELY succeed at SNL. Have you seen her on Jimmy Kimmell? I nearly peed my pants, she was so funny.

    She is most certainly not shy or meek like the character she played in Precious, so if that's any indication, she's a pretty great actress.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  297. b-truthful

    O dear-god, that movie was horrible, the only reason it seen the light of day was because of Oprah. She will never be in another movie until she loses at lease 250 lbs........YUCK!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 1, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  298. Bea

    Sorry guys, but the world is full of nasty people – I am sure you are probably nasty on stories that involve Britney Spears or Paris Hilton – you are not in position to choose who can and cannot get made fun of. This girl chose to go in showbiz, she knew what was coming. It is sad that people are mean, but don't fool yourself into thinking reporting comments will change anything.
    People are allowed to their own opinions no matter who spiteful they are. No one is calling for violence towards this girl, they are just stating what they feel, and you can't just stifle that. If you think the world is just about sweetness and rainbows and flowers, you need a reality check. As terrible as the comments are, they are nothing as bad as what happens around the world, read world news to see just how mean people can be – rape, honor killing, stoning etc.... I think some of you lead very sheltered lives

    April 1, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  299. Chris

    UM

    I weigh about the same as her left ankle fat.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  300. Ed Zumar

    I can hear Ed Sullivan now – "We have a really big show for you tonight."

    April 1, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  301. rb2007rb

    I think that some of you people are down right racist!!
    Yes Gabourey is a big girl, she's also a nice looking girl. She is also a very talented young lady. Her weight is a health issue! It should not be
    a performance issue!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 1, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  302. Norm

    I see that some people here are in shock about the mean comments. Did you just step off the boat and immediately come on to CNN website? These morons have been trolling the comments sections for years. Might slow down a bit now that winter is over and they can leave the double wide. The flag option doesn't work here either. CNN wants the rude controversy so you become outraged and keep coming back.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  303. Tyrone

    Honesty comes across as being mean spirited?

    Good, you have to catch me to kick me in the face. That is good exercise

    April 1, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  304. Tony

    Most of the people typying these comments are probably twice her size. Sitting behind thier computers like cowards making derogatory comments about a young woman. Let's see what you folks look like.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  305. Um

    Is she actually any larger than the average American? Probably not.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  306. Chris

    Linda, this does not happen over night. You don't wake up, look down and go, "Oh my goodniess! I am 500 lbs today! What could have happened?" She did this to herself

    April 1, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  307. Julia

    That's cool. I've been liking her so much in her interviews. She seems so funny and sweet and comfortable with herself.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  308. comedydude

    SNL has stopped being "venerable" with the new breed of "f'"actors who do not fail to disappoint everytime. They have repeat characters and zero creativity.

    I am sure they will do another G#$ joke with her in the center!

    April 1, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  309. Kris

    man some of the people on here are cold blooded.. leave the girl alone.. I understand she is a big person but you dont have to keep pointing it out.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  310. jesse

    come on!! since when do one hit wonders get to host SNL??

    April 1, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  311. linda

    well tyrone i would rather be a tank then have a cruel mean spirit like you- and as far as your comment to susan about helping motivate..lets ask the same question back at you .. what do you do that would motivate anybody ..the only motivation you give is to make someone want to kick you in the face..
    you better watch out .. what goes around comes around and one day you might just wake up and weigh 500 pounds and then you will know what it feels like.. until you walk in someones shoes you should not judge them .. its very easy to tell someone what they should do or how to do it but until you have actually lived it you really cant because you dont truly know how you would react.. i am someone who has lived that life and i know what i use and do for motivation.. you dont help someone with mean words and judgement .. you make a difference with kindess and love .. obviously you make it very hard for anyone to show you that...

    April 1, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  312. swatson

    I saw the movie this past weekend, how disgusting, the rape scene by her own dad, her gorging on a bucket of chicken and throwing up on camera, the physical abuse, the extreme profane language, gross......

    April 1, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  313. Jay

    Oscar – "Just to be clear....that WASNT Tyler Perry?"

    LOL good job

    April 1, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  314. tip

    John, don't be so critical about her weight!!! What's your weight?

    April 1, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  315. Chris

    This is the last job she will probably get in this town. Handcuff her to a treadmill before she has serious health problems. This is about respecting yourself. It is not hateful

    April 1, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  316. Chris

    Sweet mother of mercy she is a large large american

    April 1, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  317. Oscar

    Just to be clear....that WASNT Tyler Perry?

    April 1, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  318. frenchgrl

    Wow! It is soo awful that Big Girls do not get the love or the appreciation that these skinny, mean spirited, spiteful women do! Gabouraye is a big girl, but she is beautiful, talented and obviously much more intelligent that the hate filled comments that she gets about her weight. I wish her well and say to all the haters, be gone with you all!

    April 1, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  319. Tyrone

    Courtney

    Do you have eyes? Look at the poor girl. She is not a 125 lb model who was photoshoped to look 100 lbs and give a false impression. The poor girl is an elephant.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  320. Bill

    If you think that Gabby wasn't acting, then you haven't seen any of her television interviews. In reality, Gabourey Sidibe bears about as much resemblance to Precious Jones as a golf ball bears to a beach ball. During her interviews on Letterman, Ellen, and Monique, Gabby was intelligent, articulate, upbeat, and funny. Her manner and speech are more reminiscent of a Southern California coed than of a hardened product of a Harlem tenement. Was her performance Oscar caliber? Perhaps. Was her work in "Precious" a surprisingly nuanced, carefully observed expression of a nascent acting talent? Without a doubt.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  321. TN

    CNN....

    It's industries like you that allow for such immature and down right ugly acts of discrimmination.

    Freedom of speech my pahootie....and that's a nice way of saying what I truly want to say...

    See people...you can find other ways of saying what you mean without being nasty and just plain "ignorant" about it!!!

    I'm sure for all of you who have blasted this young lady that there is some "imperfection" to your life that far out weighs those of Miss Sidibe...that said....this is for all of you "ignorant" people...

    GROW UP!!!

    April 1, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  322. Ivette

    People please!!! Jesus Christ get over the size. I think I am going to join Teika and pray for all you mean people.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  323. Bill

    I always wonder why most comment sections are filled with hatred and ignorant comments. It just amazes me how hurtful people can be.

    I say more power to her. I hope she enjoys the experience and I will watch.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  324. Tom

    Wonder who she could be a role model for?

    April 1, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  325. Courtney

    weight*

    Gosh, it's been a long day.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  326. Tyrone

    Damn Linda, you were a tank!!!! Congratulations! Hope you loose the rest.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  327. Oscar

    I think it's ok for the physically fit to tease the fat. Why do you think the buff Samson was put into a book called "Judges" in the Bible?

    April 1, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  328. Courtney

    I'm sorry, but I completely failed to see why her wait has ANYTHING to do with her hosting SNL? Everytime I hear her name it's puncuated with a weight reference ... and nothing about her charm, talent, sparkle, or potential. GET OVER IT. And we wonder why so many people have poor body image and eating disorders ...

    April 1, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  329. Renee

    It is horrible how people can think of eachother and truely whats in ones heart shows in not only the words they speak but also in this case some of these comments. For someone to accomplish what she has and done is nothing less then remarkable. She speaks volumes. And I think its time for America to embrace itself.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  330. johnrj08

    I am sorry, but I cannot bear to look at this woman. Whenever I do, I keep expecting Eddie Murhpy's voice to pop out of her mouth. She looks terribly unhealthy and she only got the role in "Precious" because of her appearance. It sure wasn't because of her acting talent because she has none.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  331. Jim

    Awesome

    April 1, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  332. Jay

    potentially one of the greatest actresses of the generation?
    She's been in what, 1 movie? C'mon.
    And I say much worse things about Miley Cyrus & Justin Bieber.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  333. Oscar

    God IS love but He wants you to treat the body He gave you like a temple. Don't disgrace it by overeating. Yeah, yeah there's people with deformities and they are beautiful, blah, blah, blah....I have no doubt that at some point this chick had the option to put down the fork and get on a treadmill. If not then, she definitely has that option now.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  334. linda

    tyrone is a freakin idiot.... grow up moron.. oh wait .. lets see maybe your just mad because your life consists of nothing more than sittin around leaving mean comments on a cnn page .. sounds like your jealous because someone else whether they are fat or skinny, black or white is making something out of themselves.. maybe you should try to do that yourself.. make something of your own life and quit casting stones at people who are being successful..
    and as far as being round challenged .. i once weighed 546 pounds and have lost over 300 of it so take all my pounds of roundness and stick em up your butt-
    gabby- i am very proud of you and your accomplishments.. you keep on keepin on and all your dreams will come true.. :)

    April 1, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  335. larry

    No one ,who will watch SNL , will sleep well that night. She is hard on eyes.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  336. linda cnota

    I guess they couldn't find anyone else she should be good for a few off jokes at her own expense.Get real this is a 15 minute fame person by next year she will be gone if anyone can get rid of all of her

    April 1, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  337. Chris

    To all those people saying that SNL is making a mistake, look at all the big guys who have been on/hosted the show....ummm Chris Farley and John Goodman just to name a few. Nobody was commenting on what a big mistake it was to have them on the show because of their weight. Yes, being overweight/obese is unhealthy. But is this all because she's a young girl instead of a funny guy??

    April 1, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  338. RHB

    I wonder if you mean spirited people would say the same about some of these no talented pop stars who are simply in the limelight because thier parents have money no other reason.. people like Miley Cyrus, Justin Beiber, and so many others with little or no talent! This woman had to have worked her ass off to get to where she is. She isnt pretty nor does she have mega rich parents why cant we just celebrate her hard work to get to where she is!

    RHB ( Detroit)

    April 1, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  339. Auntie C

    It's easy to be cruel when you're anonymous, isn't it? Add me to the list of those who think Gibourney Sidibe is potentially one of the greatest actresses of this generation. Not to mention that she has kindness and happiness written all over her beautiful face, and more tenacity than most people I know.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  340. Tyrone

    Jonathan

    That is my point. She was chosen to play a fat girl. If you see the movie she spends most of it angry and fat. Maybe in SNL she will be able to show her talent, but has she to date or then being type cast?

    April 1, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  341. Amy

    Obviously her health is at risk, but she's an adult and responsible for the choices she makes. What impresses me is that one minute into listening to her talk, you forget her size and instead are charmed by her wit, candor, and yes, inner beauty. She carries herself with dignity and seems to be a talented actress. I'm looking forward to her appearance on the show.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  342. AB

    She is unhealthy looking. Now she should use that money she made from the movie Precious to go get lyposuction.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  343. kc

    Hi Gabby!!! I can't wait to see you on SNL. I am very happy for you. Ignore all these ignorant haters and remember as the Bible states: NO weapon formed against you shal prosper.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  344. Teika

    I will pray for all you mean people, she will put you all to shame. God is love

    April 1, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  345. Tyrone

    Susan,

    Good point. So how would you reach out to this girl and motivate her to do something. Something is going to give out, her knees, her feet, her heart. The skin can stretch and stretch, but the heart cant pump but so much blood. Don't you think an honest wake up is needed, instead of telling her fat is beautiful, she is beautiful – like Oprah?

    April 1, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  346. Trishka

    I have flagged several of these comments to the moderator. They are not appropriate for civil discourse, opinions or not.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  347. J

    Precious should have won Best Picture... way better than Hurt Locker. Great job Gabourey.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  348. Oscar

    All joking aside, I agree with Jay's "Biggest Loser" suggestion. She's far away from being an A-list celeb (despite going to the Academy Awards). It could make her healthier and get her name out there.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  349. Jonathan

    Tyrone, do you really think that body type is all that acting requires?

    April 1, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  350. Jay

    She should be on "Biggest Loser" not SNL

    April 1, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  351. Tyrone

    Boo...SNL has lost its touch. She is NOT funny unless they do fat jokes!

    April 1, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  352. Steve

    That's Cool..you go girl!...don't let any of these haters who are just plain jealous affect you at all....we all have something that others can point to and hate on...the kind of ignorance that would call Jesus himself a weird hippie, continue to have faith! The fact these weak minded fools pick something to hate on just shows you are doing something right !...your class outshines them anyway so Congrats and good call going on SNL!

    April 1, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  353. Susan

    No, TYRONE. I'm not "round challenged" as you so tactfully put it. I've been a teacher for 15 years and I've seen what words can do to people. Especially young people who don't yet have the life experience and sense of self that comes with age. Yes, she's very fat, but that's not all she is. I see a strong, talented, intelligent person who is brave enough to put herself out there knowing full well that people are going to rip her to shreds. That's courage. There's more to life than flat abs, my friend.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  354. tori

    CNN, I want to know why when one attempts to flags comments it does not allow and returns you to this page. You need to fix this ASAP!

    April 1, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  355. Tyrone

    Laverne:

    Come on. Why is it that fat people want to convince themselves they are beautiful. Fat is very very unhealthy. This girl who seems to be very sweet and is afforded a great opportunity needs to get some discipline. That fat is not normal, come on. Maybe she has a thyroid problem or maybe she has a sugar addiction. Either way, whatever the root cause is, it is not normal and being fat is unhealthy – do not kid yourself otherwise.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  356. Laverne

    I have seen Gabby on several things and she is very smart and witty. Why must people degrade others who do not look like them or what they consider the "norm".? There is enough room for Gabby's talent in Hollywood and NY. If some of you people took the time to know someone instead of always judging someone on their outside appearance, this sick world would be a better place! Kick ass Gabby!

    April 1, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  357. Tyrone

    Susan, are you round challenged as well?

    April 1, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  358. sroehre

    I am compeatly dumbfounded that people would honestly write the meanspirited comments that are displayed here... I have not seen the movie and I cannot comment on her acting skills, however if you were in her place and you were reading these comments I believe you would be pretty disapointed. Grow up!!

    April 1, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  359. Tom Hunter

    That;s all we need – a morbidly obese role model.

    April 1, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  360. Magnifique

    I agree with FRAN. Also, my opinion.

    April 1, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  361. tony

    Where are her eyes?

    April 1, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  362. felicia

    kilb1189 your just so full of yourself. God don't like ugly i'm gonna need yo to get it together and stop being so mean.

    April 1, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  363. Susan

    Why isn't anybody flagging these comments??? I'd like to see the "perfect human specimens" who get off on anonymously attacking others. I'm sure this girl struggled quite enough without your hollow insults. Considering what just happened to that poor child who recently killed herself due to bullying, I cannot put up with this.

    April 1, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  364. jk2376

    Are you people joking? Regardless of your opinion on her talent's as an actress, there is no need to make comment on her size. That's just plain ignorant and bigoted.

    April 1, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  365. tomcat

    Good for her! Keep on climbin Gabourey! And to all you who call her a pig, get a life. What have you done that makes you so special? What gives you the right to judge?

    April 1, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  366. Jay

    It's true shes big, but some of these comments are really mean spirited. I bet that these people who posted nasty comments didn't see "Precious". If they had they would have a little more respect for her.

    April 1, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  367. lalayna

    shy?!?! have you NOT seen any interview with her?? she is flat out hilarious!! she ACTUALLY told gerard butler on the red carpet that shed "hit that"!! i think snl is the perfect outlet for her, get over her size!!

    April 1, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  368. FRAN

    All jokes aside she is such a young girl and if she does not start taking care of herself now she wont see her 30th birthday. She needs to take some of the money she is making and get some help. I saw Precious the movie last week and didn't really think it was an Academy award performance from her but Monique was absolutely wonderful and certainly eserved to win. Mariah carey on the other hand I felt anyone could have played the part not very challenging and a very small part for them to make such a big deal over her about it.
    Just my opinion.

    April 1, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  369. Marjo

    John should go back to school and learn to spell before he criticize Gabourey. God is a God of variety.

    April 1, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  370. Adam

    I think she is going to be great. I can't wait to watch her. And also, I can't wait to watch Petty White on May the 8th.

    April 1, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  371. John

    She's a fantastically talented actress. Smart too. Looking forward to seeing her on SNL!!!

    April 1, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  372. Ben M.

    Hey, if Hollywood accepts her as is, then more power to her.

    April 1, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  373. Tony

    Wow. Such Mean Spirited Folks!

    April 1, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  374. Bob

    Fail!

    April 1, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  375. bigbill327

    Hey, Hey, Hey..

    April 1, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  376. Hysterical

    She had better send half, if not more, of that paycheck from NBC to Howard Stern! :)

    April 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  377. John

    she's a big girl... might want to consider loosing some weight before it catches up to her

    April 1, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  378. Brian

    Is this an April Fools joke? She seems very shy. How is she going to host a live comedy show? Also, what sort of skits can they write for her where her girth isn't going to be a distraction? SNL just keeps going downhill...

    April 1, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |

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