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TV Anchor Jennifer Livingston

I Don't Hate the Guy

Who Called Me Fat

10/8/2012 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

100812_jennifer_livingston_launchJennifer Livingston says she has no hard feelings toward the "bully" who wrote in to her TV station and called her obese ... telling TMZ, "I hope people kinda leave him behind and leave him alone."

Livingston -- a news anchor at CBS WKBT in Wisconsin -- arrived to L.A. this weekend to appear on the "Ellen" show ... where she'll explain why she fired back at a viewer who said she was a bad role model because she doesn't promote a healthy lifestyle.

Jennifer went on the air and blasted the guy ... admitting she is overweight but saying, "You don't know me. You are not a friend of mine. You are not a part of my family ... I am much more than a number on the scale."

But at LAX, Livingston told us she hopes her situation makes more people aware about the negative impact of bullying -- saying, "I just think it's a discussion that needs to happen across the country ... and I think it's one that hopefully I'm bringing to the forefront."


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She needs to chew her food slowly and not swallow it whole. She does need to lose weight, a lot of it, that's why she is so pissed off at the guy because she knows it true. The truth hurts.

743 days ago


She should get a better fitting jacket

743 days ago

Elson Silva    

There is a negligence by the media and US government regarding obesity problems. Mr. Obama assigned Dr. Regina Benjamin a physician 42 lbs overweight as General Surgeon to guide Americans on a fight against obesity. She has to convince lay people about healthy lifestyles when she cannot convince herself besides her available professional background.

I am a PhD scientist and I ran two half-marathons during my PhD at Penn State. We are simply becoming victims of modern lifestyle not only by obesity but neurogenesis as lack of fitness not only only put weight but reduces neurons in the cerebellum making people bigger and dumber as a consequence of sedentary options.

Unhappily they are becoming obese and less intelligent to fix it making the trend grow and get worse and worse till a catastrophe kicks in.

743 days ago

John T.    

Give me a break, she's FAT, and she knows it too. She is milking this for all it's worth and we are all sick of hearing her cry baby about it. Grow up lady and go on a diet and to the gym.

742 days ago


She's loving the attention haha

742 days ago


what a fat bitch.

742 days ago


She needs to get her meds upgraded. She has the bully pullpit and used it like a weapon. So who is the bully? To me it's the angry fat chick.

742 days ago


THE BULLY IS LOOKING AT YOU IN THE MIRROR. No one knew about this until you opened your BIG FAT mouth. No one attacked anyone until you did. You're right, you are much more than a number on a scale. You are a bunch of numbers on a scale. You were not "attacked" publicly, he sent you a private email. That's called communication. It's no different than when women call out the skinny models as bad role models for girls. If you object to people talking about you or to you then get out of the public eye.So sorry you can't control what people say.

742 days ago


What's wrong with society that we defend media that represent 5% of human body types?! I personally find it refreshing to find someone on the air that looks human, not to mention she's a newscaster, not a model. The double standard is incredible, I doubt this same jerk wrote that to overweight male newscasters. Lets focus on the real issues, sexism and body distortion in media.

742 days ago


I never knew TMZ had so many ****ing PERFECT readers! They ALL have beautiful bodies, perfect skin, much so they feel the need to destroy this woman and attack her. Makes me want to stop coming to this website to not be associated with so many ****ing *******s.

742 days ago


Her weight is her own business. That guy (who complained about her) probably drives a prius and has a small weiner and takes Viagra and hounds his wife/partner for sex even though he's ugly and old and probably can't get it up. Also, he should know that when you criticize someone, you'll get karma as your payback which means he'll probably get fat too. Then he can see what a douche he is.

742 days ago


First of all, this loser who wrote to her is NOT an attorney. He's a rent-a-cop who admits to having had a weight problem himself in the past.

I am trying to wrap my head around this concept (apparently accepted by a majority of TMZ readers) that it is OKAY to approach a total stranger and lecture them about their health habits and suggest they are not deserving of their jobs because they are overweight or obese.

This is being intrusive and presumptuous. It is rude. It isn't your right or responsibility to safeguard the public health by insulting people. If you really think it is, open your own privacy and lifestyle to others on your own habits and commonly-held failings; I will happily tell you what's wrong with you.

I'm still not sure what the man was seriously trying to accomplish by shaming her (I'm certain she had no idea of what she weighs and needed to be told by this dweeb), other than a little instant celebrity for himself.

742 days ago


This lardass is ridiculous. And the retard who emailed her is a dumbass too.

742 days ago


the truth hurts? so we all agree that she is fat right?

742 days ago

steak man     

My issue is with all the networks copying this story. But they know damn well that they would never hire this woman to anchor their news.

742 days ago
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