Kirstie Alley gets new reality show on A&E


I’m starting to worry that Kirstie Alley is staying fat on purpose. I mean when was the last time you remember reading anything about her that wasn’t related to her weight? Sure once in a while she posts something bizarre on her Twitter, but aside from that, not much. It started when she got really fat several years ago. Lots of embarrassing attention for that. Then she got her own show on Showtime, “Fat Actress,” which was actually really good. Kirstie then became a spokesperson for Jenny Craig and lost a ton of weight, and she got attention for that. She went on Oprah in a bikini. It was a big deal. Then she disappeared for a while, gained it all back and then some, and got some more unfortunate tabloid attention for that.

Since then, Kirstie’s just been getting attention for still being fat, and for a lot of talk about how she’s going to lose it. Though she appeared on Oprah in April making those claims, in photos from June she appears a bit heavier, though it could just be her billowy, unflattering dress. Kirstie’s been mostly out of sight since June, at least in terms of the photogs. But now she’s back in People, since it’s just been announced that AMC will be making a reality show with her. What’s it about? You guessed it: losing weight.

Kirstie Alley is ready to get real about her weight struggles. The actress, 58, has signed on to star in a new reality series for A&E, which will follow her as she juggles trying to lose weight with life as a single mom to two teenagers in Hollywood. The untitled show, which will run for 10 half-hour episodes, is scheduled to debut sometime next year.

“Kirstie is exactly the kind of star A&E is drawn to,” said A&E nonfiction/alternative programming senior VP Robert Sharenow. “Her personal life has been playing out in the media for years, but this will be the first time she’ll be opening up her home to reveal her real life for the cameras.”

While the actress has talked about her weight issues on TV before and starred in the 2005 scripted Showtime series Fat Actress, this marks her first foray into reality television.

In May, Alley told PEOPLE that while she had gained 83 lbs., she had a plan to get her life back on track: “I’m gonna go, ‘You know what? Get back on the horse, lose the freakin’ weight, and then just move forward!’”

[From People]

If you were to click on the link above for the story on People’s website, you’d naturally look at that picture of Kirstie and think, “Wow, she’s really doing well.” They don’t mention the picture in the article or give any information about it underneath the photo, but I did some digging and found it – it was taken at the Hollywood Film Festival’s Hollywood Awards in October of 2007. She wasn’t at her thinnest then but she wasn’t massively heavy by any means. That seemed a little duplicitous to me.

I’ve always supported Kirstie’s weight loss efforts, and because I’m overly interested in nutrition and diet I pay attention to stories about her. And I’ve always rooted for her. I mean whenever someone wants to improve their life, who’d root against that? But that quotation (which she originally said on Oprah) about how she’s going to get back into shape bugs the living sh*t out of me. The “‘I’m gonna go, You know what? Get back on the horse, lose the freakin’ weight, and then just move forward!’”

That was seriously her plan? That’s not a plan. Those are empty words. I have no idea what any of it means, and there’s no indication of action there. It wasn’t even that she’s saying that to herself right at the time. That was her future plan. To say that to herself. And she’s talked about how she wants to help other people lose weight. But most of what she’s said about dieting, I just think this woman has no insight whatsoever. And I think it’s ultimately working in her favor to stay overweight, because that’s what’s getting her press. I wish her the best, and I hope she comes up with an actual plan.

Here’s Kirstie at L.A.X. airport on June 22nd. Images thanks to BauerGriffinOnline.

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  1. Lantana says:

    I think it’s a self-perpetuating cycle. She thinks if she publicly says that she’s going to do something, that she’ll hold herself to that standard and maybe actually do it. But because her self-esteem is in the ditch, she doesn’t get it done because in reality she thinks that she’s a loser and won’t succeed anyway and this will reinforce the negative feelings of self-doubt. So she fails at doing exactly what she said she would do, and then her self-esteem sinks even lower. So then she thinks why bother, and fails even more miserably… I feel sorry for her, but I’m not sure why there is tabloid interest in her. I think that woman that got sent home from Biggest Loser (the one whose husband and 5 yr old daughter and 2 week old son were killed in a wreck near her house) has a much more compelling story and would be more meaningful to follow because people could actually relate to her story story in a vicarious way. Did anyone listen to her recount that horrible night without going for the tissues? Most of us can’t imagine being TV stars, but most of us can fathom losing those closest to us in a freak accident. I think the air time is wasted on Kirstie Alley.

  2. Firestarter says:

    Please God, no more reality shows!

    What is it going to follow? He obsession with Jaime Fox? Her workout routine? Her insane Twitter rants?

  3. Jeri says:

    Scientologist. What can ya say. Her & Tom & many others (Jenna) don’t live in this world. Do ya think she’ll go to the Scientology Center on her show?

  4. ☠MeowBea says:

    Good for her that MANIAC LOL

  5. yadira says:

    Love the sunglasses, not really into the bleached hair do. Makes her look older

  6. AlaskaJoey says:

    I just read in one of the supermarket rags (maybe Star or Enquirer) that she was at a weight loss camp/retreat of some kind, determined to lose the pounds. Sounds like exactly the wrong way to do it -away from normal routine, way too much exercise, and extreme calorie restriction. I might watch her show on A&E if true, though.

  7. Leni says:

    First I think reality shows are way done, but even more..who cares what Kirstie Alley is doing????
    She is foul mouthed, hypocritical and nuts (and I am not referring to her supposedly non existent bipolar disorder).

  8. Bisskitt says:

    I have lost 60 pounds in the past 10 months by changing my eating habits and commiting to exercise. If she thinks she is going to lose 85 pounds in 10 weeks she is not only nuts, she’s guaranteed to fail. Even if she somehow loses it, she’ll gain it back again. It bothers me that there will be another show promoting unhealthy approaches to weight loss.

  9. tess says:

    congratulations bisskitt! that’s a real accomplishment.

  10. Guest says:

    loved fat actress…can’t wait!

  11. badrockandroll says:

    A & E is so sad. All of these reality shows: are they Art or are they Entertainment?

  12. RAMONA says:

    If Scientology is supposed to cure what ever ails you by applying the teachings and principles of Dianetics, and Kirstie Alley being a devout follower of this so called religion, why then, does she not apply some of it to her fat ass and just maybe it could eat some of it away…..

  13. Sumodo1 says:

    Here’s my theory: somebody is forcefeeding Kirstie Allie so they can turn her liver into foie gras.

  14. Green says:

    I’m sure she has plenty of money! Does she have personal pride??? She was great on Cheers! Sadly shes going to also be remembered for this and her other despite failed attempts of trying to stay famous! She needs to join a bowling league and call it a day! lol

  15. Jag says:

    Have no interest in her whatsoever.

  16. andrea says:

    i cant imagine losing that much weight. or gaining that much weight. or gaining it AFTER you did all the hard work of losing it. sheesh. her bod’s been through the ringer with all that major fluctuation. i wonder what her deal is? there has to be some mental aspect to that kind of up and down with the weight.

  17. NFLer says:

    Sumodo1 you’re a riot, that’s some funny shit.

  18. Popcorny says:

    Why is she still amongst the celebrity pages? She gets more batshit with each passing year. Talk about pathetic attention-seekers, I’m sick of her weight issues, I don’t care anymore.

  19. barneslr says:

    Good for you, Bisskitt! That’s great! and you are absolutely right; she needs to commit to a sensible eating and exercise lifestyle if she is ever going to succeed at losing weight and keeping it off. It’s a shame; she’s a pretty woman (even if she is a bit crazy) and the weight is hurting her looks and her health.

  20. Bete says:

    What is the name of the show? The Most Annoying B Grade Actress?

  21. gg says:

    She and her lame pseudo religion annoy the crap out of me too.

    However. I would totally watch that nasty Jill b!tch from Biggest Loser scream at her while she dies on a treadmill.

  22. Codzilla says:

    gg: I’d watch that, too. *snicker*

  23. Babalon says:

    I’m model-thin myself and I still think she’s strikingly beautiful. She’s also pretty dang funny. I’m glad for her that she’s working again, even if it is reality television.

  24. guilty pleasures says:

    I had the opportunity to meet Kirstie many years ago when she was filming Runaway in Vancouver. She is (was) really funny, kind of insecure, pretty, and a little on the edgy side. I liked her very much. I wish her well, she is simply doing her ‘job,’ by staying in entertainment, she is one entertaining broad!
    Go girl!!!
    Fat Actress was hilarious!!!