Kirstie Alley on paving the way for plus-sized actresses: ‘I will take total credit for that’

We only have so much space for titles, so here’s the full quote from Kirstie Alley, who was told by the interviewer that she paved the way for plus-sized actresses and was joking in her response – I think. She said “If I had something to do with more full-figured women being in mainstream and having their own shows, then I will take total credit for that.” How do you capture that in a title that fits though? You don’t. So I don’t think she’s being as full of herself as that title may suggest.

Kirstie was on ET promoting her upcoming TV Land series, Kirstie. It’s a sitcom that co-stars fellow Cheers alum, Rhea Pearlman, along with Michael Richards of Seinfeld. (Remember him and what a racist a**hole he is? I’m surprised he’s getting work still.) The premise is complicated so I’ll just quote USA Today “Alley will play Broadway star Madison ‘Maddie’ Banks, whose life goes topsy-turvy when Arlo (Petersen), the son she gave up after birth, shows up after his adoptive parents have died. The nerdy Arlo doesn’t fit Maddie’s lavish lifestyle, but her assistant and best friend, Thelma (Perlman), and driver, Frank (Richards), persuade her to give the young man a chance.” It sounds dumb and predictable, right?

Anyway Kirstie was asked about paving the way for other larger ladies and she joked about it and heaped praise on the latest generation of bigger actresses, including Melissa McCarthy and Rebel Wilson. They also had a quick interview with Rebel about her upcoming fall ABC comedy, Super Fun Night, and she had some nice things to say about body image. It was kind of awesome.

Kirstie Alley is making her return to television this fall, where the landscape has changed for female leads since her 2005 show Fat Actress.

When Kirstie’s Showtime show left the air it also seemed to leave a mark, paving the way for actresses like Rebel Wilson, whose new sitcom Super Fun Night is coming soon to ABC.
“If I had something to do with more full-figured women being in mainstream and having their own shows, then I will take total credit for that,” Kirstie joked with ET’s Rob Marciano.

One of the reasons the Golden Globe winner did Fat Actress was to prove that she’s still a funny, beautiful and talented person regardless of her weight. Similarly, Rebel also has a message to get across.

“I like that with Super Fun Night I’m kind of encouraging girls who may not feel that they’re the prettiest or the most popular to just get out there and have a life,” said Rebel. “I think that’s a really good message.”

You can catch Kirstie in her new self-titled show this fall on TV Land.

[From ET Online]

I know exactly what Rebel is talking about. You feel like you’re not worthy sometimes because you’re not the size you want to be or are used to being. That’s a great message. I’m going to put the preview for Rebel’s show Super Fun Night below, but first I wanted to make a minor point. It would be awesome if we could have actresses of all sizes as comedians, romantic love interests and dramatic actresses. Too many times the heavier women are relegated to comedy. (Although Rebel is awesome and it’s hard to see her anywhere else. She’s an incredible comedian.) We can have a larger love interest in a romantic film and not have the character’s size be the point! I would just like to see more variations in women on the big and small screen.

Here’s the trailer for Super Fun Night. It looks funny! (Note: I could not find a trailer for Kirstie’s show. All I found is a video in which she makes the announcement that her show has been picked up.)

Kirstie is shown on 4-30-13. Credit: WENN and FameFlynet

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  1. dorothy says:

    She always looks like she just woke up, put on clothes and headed out the door. Like she hasn’t had a shower or combed her hair.

  2. Sonya says:

    How can she take credit for that when she’s never bee plus sized? I mean according to her, that is…

  3. Joy says:

    The more I learn about $cientology the less I’m able to listen to a word she says.

  4. drdoolittling says:


  5. Hipocricy says:

    This is one very delusional woman.

    First it was about her recovered small waist, now this !

    She must be very confused and detached from reality…another Lady Eloise…

  6. RobN says:

    She was really only successful when she was thin and hot. The heavy years have just been a series of ill-fated projects, fake diet products and general nastiness. She’s never been comfortable with her size, despite what she says.

    • fabgrrl says:

      ‘Zactly! She made a career when she was thin and has been floundering ever since she became heavy.

      Jeez, Kirstie, when did you have time to almost seduce Patrick Swayze away from his wife, with all that plus-size actress trailblazing you were doing back in the 80s?

  7. LadyMTL says:

    I don’t get why she’d be taking credit. When she was on Cheers she was a skinny little thing and even on that other show (Veronica’s Closet?) she wasn’t exactly huge.

    Anyway! Her new show does sound kind of dumb so no, I probably won’t watch.

  8. Jules says:

    There were much more talented + sized women before her. Kathy Bates mops the floor with her when it comes to talent.

  9. Beep says:

    So they named a Sitcom “Kristie” But the main character on the show is called “Maddie”. Well that makes perfect sense.

  10. marie says:

    I wanna see Super Fun Night, I don’t care about the rest. Rebel Wilson is hilarious.

  11. ladybert62 says:

    WHAT? I thought she was a size 0 or 1 or 2 or 3 or 4??????

    She is nuts.

  12. Lulu.T.O. says:

    Her HAIR! She looks positively infested. She is deep into the Cray now. She’d be a bag lady if she didn’t have so much money.

  13. Maddie says:

    I take hair conditioners are on the No -No List.

    Roseanne and Nell Carter where women of size at the height of their careers so not sure how Ms. Delusional can take credit when she was a skinny miss at hers.

  14. Lex says:

    All she has ever done is whinge and bitch about it and go on a million crash diets. If she paved the way for anything, it was just that people should expect larger women to cave to pressures and try to adhere to beauty standards no matter what

  15. EscapedConvent says:

    Yes, you do that, Kirstie. To hell with Nell Carter, Kathy Bates & Delta Burke!

  16. neelyo says:

    Glad I’m not the only one who let out a ‘Bitch please’. She was much thinner when she started her career and when she first gained all of the weight she spent a while at least trying to hide it. Remember those Pier 1 commercials where she was always partially obscured by the bamboo furniture?

  17. Shelby says:

    Yikes…comb your hair and buy and iron

  18. Anne De Vries says:

    Because Kirstie is AALLLLL about the self acceptance, right?

    Agreed with how impossible it seems to be for society to look beyond size. I’m fat, and I’m also smart, creative and I have awesome adventures. The vast majority can’t seem to manage to look beyond the ‘fat’ part of that sentence though, as if it defines every aspect of me.

  19. atorontogal says:

    What the hell is wrong with her hair? It always looks so nasty. All tangled and matted. Are her arms too heavy to lift a brush?

  20. Pandora says:

    FFS!! when I think back to actresses who were actually talented and plus size kirstieXenuMuffinalley does NOT come to mind. I immediately thought of these ladies

    Nell Carter,Roseanne Barre, Maria Conchita Alonso, and Mindy Cohn.

    The reason she’s so big now is because she’s clean and possibly obliterated her natural metabolism through not eating properly during her coke snorting days. I guess now she’s in a permanently induced state of delusions of grandeur due to the blow?? Uggghhh
    I’m so sick of people making out like she’s normal, she’s an ex junkie who is mentally unhinged and is deeply involved in a religious cult who happened to be an actress for a while, gaaahhh just go away……..

  21. jwoolman says:

    If those are recent pictures- she looks pretty good. She’s not some skinny young thing any more, but she’s hardly huge. Plenty of women are happily running around and busy at home and anywhere else they work at her size. When I read the intro, I assumed she must be looking very different than she really is.

    I do think she’s very funny even though her Co$ connections make me cringe. I keep hoping she’ll slide away from them some day.

  22. KellyinSeattle says:

    She was pretty good on King Of Queens, where she made fun of herself and her eating habits. I’m getting sort of burnt out on all her diets, over and over again. Has she tried surgery? I wonder…
    Also, on a side note, I was disappointed with Michael Richards; loved his acting soooo much and then he had to go and ruin that.

  23. Lizabeth says:

    Poor Kristie, she was such a beautiful lady back in her Cheers days.

  24. Kerry says:

    why did they show that plus sized actress twice (at 1:23 and 1:26 mark)..?? I love Kristie. She’s a hot mess!

  25. Fuggit says:

    One caveat: I was a disappointed fan of Michael Richards until I watched Comedians in Cars getting Coffee ( web series ). Please watch it,you may see the regretful side of him for that incident like I did.

    I am always willing to give everyone a second chance, although not a third.