“Today” host Megyn Kelly revealed her secret to staying thin — fat shaming.
“Some of us want to be shamed,” she said. “When I was in law school, I was gaining weight, I said to my stepfather, ‘If you see me going into that kitchen one more time, you say, ‘Where you going, fat ass?’ And it works!”
The moment, which came during a segment on weight loss, produced awkward laughter from the crowd and Kelly’s guest “Fit Mom” Maria Kang.
“My husband does that to me all the time,” said Kang. “I tell him my goals and if it’s early in the morning and he sees me still in bed, he’s like ‘what are you doing in here.'”
Kang continued, saying how her husband encouraged her to stick to her fitness goals by hiding the potato chips in their home.
The broader segment focused on Kang’s decision to soften her image following her “What’s Your Excuse” campaign, which many said was bullying to those who weren’t physically fit.
Can't wait to hug my followers at the #chicagofitexpo ???? A while back a photo on my fitness page went viral. People have said that my campaign was created to "shame" people. If you believe that, then yes, it is a shame. It's a shame that you don't see how powerful you truly are. It's a shame you are allowing others to dictate how you feel about yourself and your ability to control your future. It's a shame that a single picture without your name on it can make you feel so personally attacked. It's a shame, it truly is, because you are much more than what you believe yourself to be right now. #noexcusemom #fitmom #mariakang #whatsyourexcuse #noexcuses #throwbackthursday
This is not the first time Kelly has made uncomfortable on-air comments. Shortly after her show debuted, Kelly earned an on-air rebuke from Jane Fonda for asking her questions about plastic surgery. Kelly also told a “Will & Grace” fan that “the gay thing” was working out great for him.
Before moving to “Today,” Kelly had a long career at Fox News, but one that was not entirely gaffe-free either. In one of her most cringeworthy moments, the host declared on-air that Santa Claus was white.