Michael J Fox's Parkinson's disease is a "fun fact," according to E!
E! Entertainment has apologised after listing Michael J Fox's Parkinson's disease as a "fun fact" during its coverage of the Golden Globes on Sunday. A graphic popped up during Fox's entrance to the Beverly Hills Hilton hotel, reading, "Fun fact: Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991"
Michael J Fox's 'Fun Fact' Popped Up When He Arrived On The Red Carpet at the Golden Globes
In a statement, the network said "we.sincerely apologise"
"We regret the insensitive classification of Michael J. Fox's Parkinson's diagnosis during our E! online live stream. We understand the serious nature of the disease and sincerely apologise," read the statement to the Hollywood Reporter.
Viewers who had watched the show - where Fox was nominated for best actor in a comedy for The Michael J Fox Show - had criticized the network's decision to let the graphic go up.
The actor made his name in the 1980s comedy Family Ties, winning three Emmy Awards for his role as Alex P Keaton. His career really took off when he played teen adventurer Marty McFly in the Back to the Future franchise.
E! Has Apologized to Michael J Fox
Fox has continued to work despite his disease and won an Emmy for his role in TV political comedy Spin City.
In the end, Fox lost out on the Golden Globe to Andy Samberg, who won best actor in a musical or comedy for Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Don Cheadle (House of Lies), and Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) were also nominated.