Charles Barkley dons dress for Weight Watchers
March 30th, 2012
04:16 PM ET

Charles Barkley dons dress for Weight Watchers

Ex-NBA great Charles Barkley isn’t afraid to show off his feminine side.

To prove it, the Weight Watchers spokesman donned a wig, a black dress and some stilettos - Jennifer Hudson-style - to shoot a commercial for the diet giant, USA Today reports.

In the new clip, Sir Charles saunters up to the camera and says in a raspy voice, “I hear that some of you guys think that Weight Watchers is just for women,” shaking his newly acquired shoulder-length locks for effect.

He then reassures all the men of the world that Weight Watchers has helped him lose “42 pounds and counting,” bragging that he can “still eat man food, like steak and pizza.”

“So if this is what I’ve gotta do to get you to listen, then take a good look,” the TNT sports commentator says with attitude.

“But my eyes are up here guys,” he jokes.

Maybe this is also what Barkley had to do to fully get back in Weight Watchers’ good graces.

Back in January, he was caught mocking his own advertising campaign. Not realizing his mic was on, he reportedly told on-air colleagues Reggie Miller and Kevin Harlan that collecting a check from the company was a “bigger scam” than getting paid to talk about basketball.

Weight Watchers graciously forgave the misstep - but apparently has had the last word.

The commercial hits airwaves on April 4.

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  3. danielwalldammit

    That's freakin hilarious!

    April 21, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
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    April 7, 2012 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mac Finley

    I just want to know who said he had to dress like a woman to get us to listen. It got me to be frightened. I watched the commercial and couldn't turn away, as if it were a horrible accident. But apparently it was no accident. It inspired our latest ad rant review. Enjoy

    April 3, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. victoria

    Lol!! Didn't say how funny this ad was when I first realized it was the great NBA Charles Barkley!! This guy got guts & great legs !!! Congrats on the 40 weight loss!!!

    April 1, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. victoria

    Charles looks great!! Wow! Weight watchers is for men, too!!! Will be watching on Apr 4th!!

    April 1, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Nita

    What people do for money...

    April 1, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Charles B

    I luv to toot massive lines and den I get all craaazy on tnt broadcasts. One time back in 2008, I was on an NBA postgame show. During commercial break I went back and "powdered my nose". When I came out of the bathroom and sat down at the set, Kenny looked over and gave me the hand signal to brush off my upper lip. Guess it was covered in white powder!! Whooops. I wuz cool about it though and blamed it on powdered sugar donuts!! I iz a fast thinker due to mass drugs!!! DARE suks!!

    April 1, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |

    wao guys, thats great

    April 1, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
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      April 1, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jig

    Jiga-boo. Jiga-boo. What a nutbar!! Jig-aboo. Jig-aboo. Go peddle your coooon program somewhere else!!

    April 1, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. adrian

    Its commercial fun.This is America and we know how to have fun.

    April 1, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. rene

    Aww Thats Terrible, That Is Just Terrible. Terrible,terrible, Terrible.

    April 1, 2012 at 4:15 am | Report abuse |
  14. SKY

    MEN.....NEAR MEN

    April 1, 2012 at 3:34 am | Report abuse |
  15. suwi

    Americans are so dumb and weird!

    April 1, 2012 at 3:32 am | Report abuse |
  16. Mammy

    Black menz pay good monies to suck my monster. Just sayin.

    March 31, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Mammy

    Go back to Africa with yo aids.

    March 31, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Melanie

    I agree that are civilization is declining but its not because men are dressing as women... People are just stupid!

    March 31, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Derrick

    Is that Serena Williams?

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    March 31, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Debbie

    @ Moon Dancer: Everyone knows Mr. Ed was a talking horse owned by Wilbur Post.

    March 31, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Debbie

    @ william: doesn't anyone know how to spell the word lose anymore? LOOSE= how your clothes will fit after you LOSE weight laughing your butt on watching he-man Charles Barkley in an LBD, stilettos, and a wig! It's good to see real men can also have a real sense of humor and laugh along with others at themselves.

    March 31, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Kristina

    HA. HA

    March 31, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  23. MoonDancer

    4 a min there I thought that was the man i was riding last night.

    March 31, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  24. patience

    the pay must have still been worth we really dnt knw how tight money cld be for him.....dnt he have a gambling problem??...and was smeone suggesting that it was damn i cant spell it alomanaughty?? smeone gotta knw what im tlkn about

    March 31, 2012 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
  25. OJ

    رهملالتيل يدلب
    Baed on the above text, I can assure you never outside of the USA. White bored middle aged man spreading hate. Get a life.

    March 31, 2012 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
  26. Bobby Dias

    Better this than him swinging at people on the basketball court. Maybe.

    March 31, 2012 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  27. Illeagle-j1

    Hey, at least he knows that if he needs money, he has a future, on the vegas strip.

    March 31, 2012 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  28. player92

    OMG, this reminds me of what Dave Chappelle spoke about when he was on Oprah doing an interview.

    March 31, 2012 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  29. Chester

    Why can't they put this commercial out during the NCAA Mens tournament.. IS sir Charles that hard up for $ .. We all thought Dennis Rodman was the Freak A Zoid...

    March 31, 2012 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  30. MashaSobaka

    Did you know that a man wearing clothes meant for a woman is abomination, just like eating lobster, telling lies, and being gay? Where are the people with the signs quoting the Bible, calling for Weight Watchers to be shut down? C'mon, guys, it's easier to take you seriously if you're at least consistent!

    As for the ad, not sure throwing on a dress is the best way to combat the "Weight loss is a lady issue – REAL men don't care if they're fat" stereotype. Just saying. And I won't even get into the "Oooh look at me, I'm dressed like a girl, so it's automatically funny" business.

    Weight Watchers needs fresh blood in their advertising department.

    March 30, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  31. talkic


    March 30, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  32. mena

    He looks way hotter than that tennis player named serena.

    March 30, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  33. TheScampiCat

    Dress or not, I'd like a tenth of the jack Sir FancyPants got for sashaying acrost the set in in that little black frock. Thx for the laugh!

    March 30, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Wes Scott

    Okay, I understand the dress for effect, but the padded bra and high heels? Is Charles trying to tell us something?

    Seriously, the guy is great! He was a monster basketball player, is an excellent and colorful commentator, and he does not take himself, or life in general, too seriously. Nothing wrong with that! I will admit that he looks better with hair!

    March 30, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Adara


    March 30, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Adara

    Ten How is he involved?

    March 30, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  37. LeeBee

    I've always appreciated Sir Charles' honesty. His "I am not a role model" ad for Nike was one of the best ever.

    My 84 year old mom even likes his on air personality & humor.

    We both absolutely cracked up when we saw this WW ad. Priceless! & hilarious!

    Well done Sir Charles!

    March 30, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  38. shannon

    i love charles barkley!!! he made a mistake and "manned" up to it – he has a sense of humor.........i waited on him for several hours at a private function one night and let me tell you, he was a perfect gentlemen to all his fans, lots of fun to be around, attentive to everyone, just a great guy. love him!!

    March 30, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • fritz

      I lke him too. It's just so funny seeing him in a dress. I think this is one of those times Charles did what he had to do to keep WW on his side. Not what he wanted to do.

      March 30, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
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    March 30, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
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    March 30, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
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    March 30, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  42. mommaearth

    So,now Charles isn't just the dumbest man earth,he's also the dumbest woman.

    March 30, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Dave

    Fools! He wasn't saying Weight Watchers was a scam. He was saying that doing weight watchers commercials was easy money for him like talking about basketball and getting paid for it.

    March 30, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Haha

    Good Job.. looks like Serina Williams!!

    March 30, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  45. G

    Personally, I can't wait to see the ad. I think people need to get over themselves and lighten up and laugh a little. We all know that everyone likes to dress up, cross dress, do the Halloween thing, whatever you want to call it, and laugh. Hey Charles, smile, you're on candid camera! ; )

    March 30, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Charlie Crack

    Charles. mmmmm i have to change that name. i sound like an english butler. ur know the butler always the ones that they accused.. killing sumone that is. i shoot ppl for a living. i get mad and just shoot. watch me shoot when i get road rage

    March 30, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Charlie Crack

    O look!! a blog with my name chhhaaarrrlllleeessss . marquee loves me. sly sadie eat ur heart out ho bag. u aint got a blog with your name. but guns?!! this redneck needs a gun

    March 30, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Jerry

    Still ugly! Might make someone a good wife, though.

    March 30, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  49. PBSumpter

    Well, I guess Weight Watchers had the last dance and made Charles an offer he couldn't refuse. Excuse the pun but that photo is really funny.

    March 30, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Ann west

    🔴the truth is coming out, lol lol lol lol

    March 30, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Christina

    He looks pretty good. Reminds me a bit of the Williams sisters.

    Who cares why he did it? A man who can laugh at himself is attractive.

    March 30, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  52. cleareye1

    I knew he could be good looking if he tried!

    March 30, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Ted

    Another initiation into the secret demonic society?

    March 30, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  54. jklapper

    Reckon Sir Charles figured if it didn't hurt fellow HoF'er and arguably the best defensive player to ever play the game, (Dennis Rodman if any of you out there know even LESS about Basket Ball than I do) Then a little bit of drag once in a while won't hurt him...

    March 30, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Deena Garcia

    omg what an ugly womanishdude

    March 30, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Marty

    Dame Charles

    March 30, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Mike

    I thought it was Serena!

    March 30, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Felicia

    I love the round mound of rebound! Sir Charles rocks!! Wish he was still playing basketball

    March 30, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  59. wiiliam

    well the ad works.. seeing Charles in drag I probably won't be able to eat for a week..should loose 10 lbs easy.

    March 30, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Bill

    What has been seen cannot be unseen.

    March 30, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  61. RandyFloyd

    Daaaayum...Serena William's is looking fine as a mofo...

    March 30, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Sabiduria

    Something is seriously wrong with that fool...

    March 30, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  63. jim stanek

    Almost as hot as Ted Danson.

    March 30, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Fiona

    Wow...he smears WW and they still keep him on contract? I used to have respect for Weight Watchers. No more.

    March 30, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  65. bergus

    a couple of dresses on SNL, and now this? there are easier ways to come out of the closet mr. barkley... 🙂

    March 30, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  66. SilentBoy741

    OK, *now* he's ready for Dancing With the Stars.

    March 30, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Candi

    Us girls love our little black dresses. That's one awful looking girl, though!

    March 30, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • fritz

      Aw, I think Barkley looks cute in his little black dress. This is just too funny it's hard to stop laughing over it. I kinda admire Barkley for sucking it up and wearing the dress to keep the money coming. Afterall, money cures tons of humiliation.

      March 30, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  68. kenneth linton

    Ha ha only a guy with the personalility a charles barkley can get a way with saying something like that about weight watchers and get away with it only in america!!!

    March 30, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Mr Ed.

    Woooo Sly Sadie you are looking gooooood

    March 30, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Candi

      Mr. Ed I never knew his nickname was Sly Sadie. You think they would have come up with something better than that, he is a guy after all. Lol

      March 30, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  70. رهملالتيل يدلب

    Ha! This is common in the West?; men dressed like the woman ruling over them? Just another reason you're civilization is declining. You should all go about such as this, it fits you're temperment.

    March 30, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • JT

      I heard all boys in the middle east had a strong & touchy older mentor. Something like the ancient Greeks.

      March 30, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fiona

      But what about his temperAment?

      Use your spell check, buddy.

      Of course we all know that all those guys in the middle-east, in their varyious styles of flowing robes, are wearing lacy silk panties and bustiers underneath.

      March 30, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • layo24

      oh hush Borat

      March 30, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • sn

      You should see what he's wearing underneath.

      March 30, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • michelle

      Whose civilization is declining?

      March 30, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Todd in DC

      If by declining, you mean wealthier and have more freedoms than most middle eastern countries, then yes, I agree with you.

      March 30, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karen

      LOL you really need to get a life. This is very funny, a joke in the old USA. Go strap on a bomb! LOL

      March 30, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • MikeyH

      Is it common for men to dress as women for comedic effect (no matter how unsuccessful)? Yes.

      March 30, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • cleareye1

      We're not afraid of women like you so called "men."

      March 30, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beulahmp

      It's a joke...get it...a joke! Surely youu must have some sense of humor?

      March 30, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • i_know_everything

      camel phucking terrorist , shut up

      March 30, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • findinggroundfamily


      And no, this isn't indicative of anyone's culture. There are idiots everywhere you go. Keep in mind that the United States and Canada aren't one culture, they're made up of people from all over the world, with different back grounds, faiths, skin colors and yes, attire preferences.

      Of course, the culture you hail from hasn't a single fool, right?

      A stroke too broad and you blacken the entire picture.

      March 30, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • dowman5744

      Barley isn't a ruler you fool. And why are you guys in the East 500 years behind the rest of civilization? Maybe you need to start wearing a dress. Oh' and stop beating your wife's for a second so she can help you get dressed in your skirt.

      March 30, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yossarian

      You appear to have misplaced your sense of humor.

      March 30, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • GotoHell

      Why don't you jump off the cliff. You are as stupid as they come. Go back to your country before we kick you A$$ out...

      March 30, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • GotoHell

      Why don't you jump off the cliff. You are as stupid as they come. Go back to your country before we kick you A....$$ out...

      March 30, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • JoeyJihad

      Don't you have a plane to hijack or something? BTW, learn proper english before you try to insult Americans... nobody takes comments seriously when they don't make any effin sense.

      March 30, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roshambo

      Maybe we should force our women to wear masks and stuff them in to the back room? Allah snackbar.

      March 30, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • mark

      no we just don't care what people do as we do not pass judgment and aren't so ignorant as muslims who'd kill anyone for anything like crazed monkeys

      March 30, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • fritz

      Our civilization is advancing into the far future. It's yours that is declining because of the inbred status of you and your kind. Why? Because the males of your kind decide who your women will mate with. Usually a cousin or uncle or some other close relative. You do like to keep your genes in the family, right?. To us a very disgusting and incestuous practice. We on the other hand are a melting pot full of interbreds from a highly variable gene pool. Our women decide who they will mate with while we guys compete for their attentions. I'm sure you've asked yourself why America is the greatest superpower the wortld has ever known. Put 10 healthy Americans, black, asian or white up beside 10 of your kind and anyone can see the difference. That will give you a clue as to why Americans are such a world powerhouse....shorty.

      March 30, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • LT from VA

      You are from the middle east and are mocking men in the west wearing dresses. It is your traditional style of in dresses! I believe you call them robes.

      March 30, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • sipsen

      I can't tell if this is a troll or an actual muslim. It made for a good laugh either way. Western culture has a long way to go before we are back in the dark ages.

      March 30, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • J.T.

      Perhaps we will. And still kick everyones A$$ in heels while looking fabulous.

      March 31, 2012 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |


      March 31, 2012 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Don't yall get pleasure from little boys? Sickening!!!

      March 31, 2012 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
    • paratrooper

      another malcontent trolling the internet. Have you no sense of humor?

      March 31, 2012 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      Right, our civilization is declining.

      I guess, being at the bottom, your civilization can only go up.

      But I bet you all continue to destroy yourselves like you have been for the past 75+ years.

      March 31, 2012 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Uh oh, another Muslim who hates women! Why don't you go continue to believe in your false prophet and blow up buildings in hope for 72 virgins? You're a joke and your religion is a joke. Enjoy the desert.

      March 31, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • رهملالتيل يدلب

      To many to respond individually. @everbody,
      Are you're woman telling you what say as you typing? Or you really beleve what your saying? A lot if you seem to be obsessed with mating on camels, you needing help I think, or loving of good wife perhaps maybe.

      Also lots of people saying I'm terorrist, but this not truth. 9/11 was great tragedy. Israel fooling everbody, they doing WTC, blame Arab/afghan. I am man of peace, no terorrist, unlike israeli goverment.

      March 31, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • MaxineC

      I'm on to YOU. You do this a lot. You put the phony arabic text and write obvious, instigating, anti-west, pro-middle east, backwards talk and wait for all the responses you're looking for. All those who respond will bash muslims and tell u to go back where u came from...exactly what u want. But I know you're not arab and u aren't muslim. You're a rallying hate-monger and u think you're plan works. You may have fooled them, but you're too obvious for me. I know what YOU are doing, fool!

      April 1, 2012 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
    • رهملالتيل يدلب

      قالطإلا ىلع ةيهاركلا ةيعاد تسل انأ .يدلب ةيلست لجأ نممكبلاطقف بلح انأ .نويباهرا نيملسملا لك يبغ نودقتعي نيذلا نوبصعتملا مه سانلا ءالؤه يئطخسيل.

      Punch this into a translator, you see what is up then, woman.

      April 1, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Jenny

      This guy is a joke!! I agree with Maxine. Everything she said is the truth. This guy reminds me of Jeff Dunhams pupped Ahmed. "I'll keel you". LOL

      April 1, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • MD

      Wow. This is the problem with your extreme views. You love the freedom to speak but you hide behind a computer keyboard while you do it. You are a coward, just like your friends that wear hoods and hide bombs under their clothes. Step out on the street and speak and speak. I dare you... Oh.... Almost forgot.....
      انتقل يمارسون الجنس مع الإبل

      April 1, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • RZ70

      @ رهملالتيل يدلب
      Nah... We just know how to lay it down without having to beat 'em up first.

      April 2, 2012 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
    • team america!

      i cant even humor that "CAMEL JOCKEYS" remark! this is america we'll put a boot in your ass , its the american way! take into consideration YOU MENTORS SADAM HUSSEIN and his BUTT BUDDY OSAMA BIN LADEN! Theirs no escaping us! We're unstoppable! OH LOOK CABS AH HEA! AND ITS YOUR UNCLE IM GUESSING ! AND I THINK HES A PART TIMER AT MY LOCAL 711, "THANK YOU COME AGAIN"!!!

      April 10, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  71. liam

    I LOVE this look. It's so fantastic I'm going to scream!!! AHHHHHH!!!

    I wish I could work it like Sir Charles. I love me some hot chocolate.

    March 30, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |

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