Last month, Maura Kelly riled people when she stated: ‘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.’
Although she later apologised, Billy Gardell, who plays Mike in the sitcom told Entertainment Weekly that a Thanksgiving episode will allude to the post and give him the chance to say ‘everything we feel’.
‘It’s a very eloquently put thing that I get to say at the Thanksgiving speech that kind of says everything we feel’ Gardell said.
‘It did give it a lot of attention, but I rather attention be got by the good work we’re doing. Overwhelmingly, people from the Internet came to our side. And not just to our side but to the side of overweight people, which was nice.
‘Mark Roberts and Chuck Lorre say there is a certain amount of levity that comes with any kind of flaw you have, whether it’s being overweight or drinking too much or gambling. Comedy is comedy but when you say you hate someone for how they look, then that changes the atmosphere.’
On the point many raise that the sitcom relies on fat jokes Gardell added: ‘[Their weight] is completely secondary. It’s about those two trying to keep a relationship together, which is what everybody goes through. That’s the main focus of the show now.’
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