October 28th, 2010
12:05 PM ET
The creator of the hit CBS show “Mike & Molly” has weighed in on the controversy surrounding a Marie Claire blogger’s remarks about the show and overweight people.
Mark Roberts told The Hollywood Reporter that he feels “protective” of the show’s stars, Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy, who portray an overweight couple who meet at Overeaters Anonymous and fall in love.
“Clearly, she realized she said some pretty hateful things,” Roberts said. “My initial reaction is she's talking about [Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy] and I love them.”
Blogger Maura Kelly created a firestorm after she blogged “So anyway, yes, I think I'd be grossed out if I had to watch two characters with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other ... because I'd be grossed out if I had to watch them doing anything.”
People upset about the post flooded Marie Claire with more than 28,000 e-mails and on Twitter #unfollowmarieclaire became popular. “America’s Got Talent” judge Sharon Osbourne tweeted that she was canceling her Marie Claire magazine subscription and urged other people to also.
Kelly has since apologized.
Roberts said “everybody is welcome to their opinion, and clearly she can express her opinion, and thousands can express theirs about hers.”
“I would never tell anybody to express how they feel about something,” he said. “If you don't like the show's writing or acting, OK. This was just about human beings.”
The show creator has kept a bit of a sense of humor about it. He joked to Fancast.com that Molly will cancel her subscription to Marie Claire in an upcoming episode.
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