American network E! Entertainment has publicly apologized to Canadian-American actor Michael J. Fox for a live-streamed flub that characterized his Parkinson's diagnosis as a "fun fact" during its Golden Globes red carpet coverage on Sunday night.
In what is considered one of the night’s major faux-pas, the network bizarrely listed Fox’s diagnosis in 1991 as a "fun fact" while showing footage of the actor entering the Beverly Hilton, site of the Globes gala.
It sparked an explosive reaction online, with fans of the veteran Back to the Future and Family Ties star as well as Globe watchers blasting E for the insensitive graphic.
The factoid was shown as part of the E! live online stream of its red-carpet coverage, but was not actually televised.
"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 apologize," the network stated in a subsequent apology.
On Sunday, Fox was a nominee for best actor in a musical or comedy series for his new sitcom The Michael J. Fox Show. After years away from show business, he made a recent comeback with acclaimed guest spots in The Good Wife, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Rescue Me and other TV shows.