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Little People Sue 'The Soup'

They Defamed Us!

3/29/2011 10:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A  dwarf couple is suing E! Entertainment and "The Soup" host Joel McHale, claiming they made scurrilous, false, defamatory and hurtful comments about them.

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Cara and Gibson Reynolds are dwarfs who struggled for years to have children. One child died a day after birth, but they were finally able to conceive a healthy baby. 

The Reynolds' did an interview with the Associated Press about dwarf couples who want to screen their embryos for genetic defects in an effort to intentionally have healthy, dwarf children.  They say the article and photo of them was limited to the AP article (reprinted on MSNBC.com).

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Fast forward to 2009, when McHale and company did a spoof on "The Soup" titled, "Fertile Little Tattooed Pageant Parents Who Enjoy Baking."  McHale said it was the newest reality show, and then proceeded to show the AP photo of the Reynolds, saying they are "happy dwarfs ... that can't stop procreating." 

And it got worse.  "The Soup" then allegedly showed a woman purported to be Cara in labor, in the process of giving birth in a bathroom.

Cara claims the piece was so upsetting, she suffered, "depression, insomnia, upset stomach, sleep interference and experiencing feelings of shame and degradation."

The Reynolds are suing for defamation and invasion of privacy.

We could not immediately reach E! for comment.

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noneofyourbusiness    

it's a shame when McHale turns into McDouchey. The Soup can be funny at times-but lately they seem to have to reach pretty far for laughs.

I do LOVE McHale on Community though-that sh^t is funny. The entire cast is awesome.

1306 days ago
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Kortni    

This segment made fun of several reality shows at one time. (Just read the name of the so called "reality show"). Does this give everyone The Soup has ever made fun of the right to sue? If you are going to be on tv, you need to face the fact that people are going to poke fun at you. I personally find The Soup hilarious! Love ya Joel.

1306 days ago
3.

Phreaky    

If you can't laugh at yourself, you're destined to live a miserable existence. These people need to learn that.

1306 days ago
4.

sarah n    

Don't put yourself in the media if you cannot handle what dbags say

1306 days ago
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tylarone    

All people have the right to be respected. With shows on like this, ( that constantly find humour in making fun of people ),this is not being taught these days, is it? How did society take such a mean turn, and what will the repercussions of this behaviour be in years to come? Humour can be found in other things, not in demeaning people.

1306 days ago
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tylarone    

All people have the right to be respected. With shows on like this,( that constantly find humouor in making fun of people ),it is not being taught these days, is it? How did society take such a mean turn, and what will be the repercussions of this in years to come?? Humour can be found in other things, not in demeaning people.

1306 days ago
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AyeJay    

They shouldn't have agreed to do a tv show then, there is ALWAYS going to be someone who will make fun of them. It's like the Kardashians suing every person that says they have no talent so why are they famous.

1306 days ago
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Fan    

Hmmm, let's see... Babies are expensive. This one might have complications since we are in a high risk group. We need some extra money. Let's put out the publicity bait about our risky endeavor. Then we can sue whoever disagrees with us! Yeah, a perfect plan.

1306 days ago
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c    

Really? You were that upset over something as silly as a segment on The Soup? Or were you doing jumps of joy since you figured you could probably get some money out of it. Bottom line: you already whored yourself out on t.v. for money. You became public people through your own choice. This is the price you pay. Or are you so arrogant you think The Soup doesn't poke fun at anyone else. I guess people's greed can be enormous no matter what their size.

1306 days ago
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dd    

Oh Please!

1306 days ago
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gossipgirl86    

Don't put yourself in the media if you cannot handle what dbags say

Posted at 6:55 AM on Mar 29, 2011 by sarah n

TRUE DAT!

1306 days ago
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fgsd    

.....if you slap yourself on a reality show, and you put your life out there for the entire public to potentcially see, how do you then have the nerve to get mad and upset to the point that you have tummy issues, when another show is using your persona to make fun of the persona YOU put out there?!

Puke. What a joke. Maybe stay off the TV in general, I can never understand why the general public is even intrested in these stuipd shows.
Cake Boss? Small people shows? Housewives shows? Bad Girls Club? Sister Wives? Jersey Slobs? Really!?
Dumb, dumber, and dumbest.......

The dumbing down of America and TV is in full swing.....anyone with a intellect better run from the TV.

1306 days ago
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1866Umidget    

we congratulate the "little people" dwarf talent portrayed in this "real life reality show" for perpetuating the belief that not all midgets and dwarfs are happy! some are grumpy, doc, dopey, sneezy, sleepy and bashful! long live the little people of america and it's positive role models for support and advocacy!

1306 days ago
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Miki    

2009...when did you find out about the show's episode? Way to stay on top of it. Get over it.

1306 days ago
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HaHaHAHA    

How can they let something so small get to them.

1306 days ago
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