Jenny McCarthy responds to critic Rex Reed after he insulted her cousin, Melissa McCarthy

By Daniel S Levine,

Jenny McCarthy was as angered by what New York Observer film critic Rex Reed wrote about her cousin Melissa McCarthy in his Identity Thief review as her fans. Jenny slammed Reed’s insults, calling them “really crummy.”

“I don't have the whole story, but, I do know that, after being in this business 20 years, it's really crummy that you get attacked in your personal life in general,” Jenny told E! News.

The Jenny McCarthy Show host continued, “That's obnoxious in itself...For anyone to attack like that, it's just wrong and hurtful, and it doesn't do anyone any good—not even Rex Reed, you know?”

Reed called Melissa a “gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success” and targeted her weight, calling her “tractor-sized.”

Reed was widely criticized the moment it was published. Melissa’s Bridesmaids director Paul Feig tweeted, “For his catty and school bully name-calling of the supremely talented Melissa McCarthy, I cordially invite Mr. Rex Reed to go f**k himself.”

According to Indiewire, Reed finally responded to his critics on WOR 170 AM with Mark Simone Monday, noting, “My point was that I object to using health issues like obesity as comic talking points.”

Reed continued, “She is basing her career on being obnoxious and being overweight. And I don't think that's funny. I have too many friends that have died of obesity-related illnesses, heart problems and diabetes, and I have actually lost friends to this. I have helped people try to lose weight, and I don't find this to be the subject of a lot of humor. I have a perfect right to say that. My review was really more about the movie and about the character she plays in the movie than it is about her. I don't care how much she weighs. I don't care how much Melissa McCarthy weighs. She wants to be fat? Mark, she's crying all the way to the bank.”

Jenny isn’t buying it. “She's very very talented and people know that, so...He can go to hell,” she told E!.



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