Howard Stern slams Gaby Sidibe as “the most enormous, fat black chick”


See, this is what I was afraid of, and this is what I, in my small way, was trying to do my best to avoid in the awards coverage. It seems Howard Stern decided that it was his place to slam Oscar nominee Gaby Sidibe, describing her as “the most enormous, fat black chick I’ve ever seen” and “an enormous woman the size of a planet.” Most disgusting is that Howard decided (by royal douchey fiat, it seems) that Gaby will never work in Hollywood again, because “What movie is she gonna be in?” Ugh. Here’s more:

Howard Stern unleashed a vicious attack on Gabourey Sidibe on his Sirius satellite show on Monday.

“There’s the most enormous, fat black chick I’ve ever seen. She is enormous. Everyone’s pretending she’s a part of show business and she’s never going to be in another movie,” he said. “She should have gotten the Best Actress award because she’s never going to have another shot. What movie is she gonna be in?”

He and co-host Robin Quivers went on to discuss the impossibility of Gabby finding any work in Hollywood after ‘Precious.’

“And Oprah’s lying and saying you’re going to have a brilliant career,” said Robin.

“Oprah’s another liar, a filthy liar,” said Stern. “She’s telling an enormous woman the size of a planet that she’s going to have a career.”

It looks like Gabby will prove Stern wrong. She is lined up to appear on the new Showtime series ‘The C Word’ and her next big-screen appearance will be opposite Zoe Kravitz in the drama ‘Yelling to the Sky.’

[From HuffPo]

Now, I’m not going to pretend that Gaby is on the same career track as, say, another Best Actress nominee like Carey Mulligan or someone like that. Gaby’s not going to have that kind of career, and that’s fine. However, a casting director source told PopEater‘s gossip guy that: “I’m not saying it’s correct, but it’s a simple fact that she will have to lose a lot of weight if she wants to keep getting parts. The same thing happened to Nikki Blonsky from ‘Hairspray.’ Everyone said how great she was, and she hasn’t worked since.” Now, considering that she’s already got some projects lines up, and her humor, grace and class throughout this whole awards process has won her significant and powerful allies in the Hollywood community, I’d say the chances are pretty good that Gaby will be a working actress for years to come.

As far as Stern’s rant… ugh. I don’t even have words. I’ve never understood people who think Stern is God. He’s just some misogynistic douche. He’s like John Mayer, all grown up.


Howard Stern at a ‘Green Zone’ screening on February 25, 2010. Gaby at the Spirit Awards on March 5, 2010. Credit: WENN.

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  1. Abby says:

    Amen, Kaiser.

  2. boo says:

    He has icky looking teeth.

  3. d says:

    I hate this guy with the fire of a thousand suns, as they say.

    And Blonsky does seem to have a career. Not high profile, but she’s working.

    Stern ain’t no prize himself. And anyway, people who talk like he does and his compadre do say more about themselves than the person they’re slagging. And what they’re saying about themselves isn’t pretty.

  4. corine says:

    I really can’t stand him. The man who makes an Afghan Hound look sexy, by comparison, should not be slamming others like this.

    And, I feel bad for Gaby. She was good in that movie, and she deserves better than to be treated like some sideshow pet by Hollywood. It’s SO sad . . .

  5. meow says:

    Howard Stern has the perfect face for radio.

  6. anon says:

    well he’s a douche and he should have kept it to himself but lets be honest, this girl is enormous and the likelihood of her having a long career in image obsessed hollywood is pretty much non existent imo.

  7. Goosie says:

    You know, part of me worries that he may be right about her career. I’m *really* hoping that Hollywood recognizes that she has a genuine, natural talent and gives her tons of roles accordingly. But we all know H-wood is shallow and superficial and the body image there is way outta whack…where size 6 is fat. I think it’s valid to wonder how big a place she has in Hollywood once the Precious glow fades. I *hope* we see her in many more movies!

    But of course Howard had to couch that point in his usual brand of total offensive turd-ness. Whatever, I have been so over him for years. Go away already!

  8. JC126 says:

    I really loved Howard on regular radio, but every time I hear of him now, he’s saying something awful.
    However, I do hope Gaby loses some weight, for her health primarily, and for her career. She was so good in that movie, and I’d love to see more of her.

  9. ThunderC*nt says:

    Stern thinks he’s in the Winner’s Circle with that big, huge faced Beth as a wife. Does he put a saddle on that horseface? I dare her to wear her hair away from her face and put on a hat. She is hideous. Just hear those sleigh bells ringing…

  10. Obvious says:

    @anon is it bad i agree? I think she is enormously talented and should be given a shot, but unfortunately hollywood is fairly picky. I’m happy to hear she does has some more work lined up, but i can’t help but feel it won’t last long.

  11. Cheyenne says:

    Sidibe is a terrific actress. Unfortunately, there is a limited call in Hollywood for grossly obese actors of any color. And there is no getting around the fact that Sidibe is grossly obese. I hope for the sake of her health, never mind her career, that she loses a good 150 lbs.

    That said, somebody should glue Howard Stern’s mouth shut with a soldering iron.

  12. ViktoryGin says:

    And here it comes….I was just waiting for the moment when some high profile tool would start talking smack about Gabby.

    And utterly laughable that he calls someone filthy, but I suppose you have to know it to see it.

    He’s such a slag.

    I swear, this man needs to be muzzled. Like I mentioned in an earlier post it will be harder for her to keep working because of her size and ethnicity but she will work, nonetheless!!!! None one’s under the impression that she’s this up-and-coming ingenue, but she will find a niche somewhere.

    It’s trash like him that suggests that the gene pool needs to be cleaned out once in a while. Ass.

  13. Emily says:

    ITA Goosie. Part of me’s hoping that with someone not stick thin winning an Oscar might help change that perception about what’s considered beautiful. But then I remember it’s Hollywood.

  14. snapdragon says:

    spoken by a man with a face like something that got caught in a drain.

  15. CC says:

    To Howard Stern: what about Queen Latifah and Jennifer Hudson? Or, for that matter, Gaby’s co star Mo’Nique? All are full-figured black women and have good careers. Granted, Jennifer hasn’t been in a movie for awhile, but a lot of that probably has to do with the fact that she had to cope with an enormous loss this past year, not to mention the fact that she has a new baby. But I believe she’s going to play Winnie Mandela sooner or later, so she still is getting roles!

    Also, Nikki’s reputation was severely damaged by that airport tiff with Bianca Whatsherface from Top Model. But admittedly (and very sadly), a more conventionally pretty starlet would probably have escaped unscathed from that incident.

  16. ThunderC*nt says:

    Come on Stern, it’s lovely weather for a sleighride w/your wife’s horseface at the helm.

  17. San says:

    As far as Stern’s rant… ugh. I don’t even have words. I’ve never understood people who think Stern is God. He’s just some misogynistic douche. He’s like John Mayer, all grown up.

    ^So true!!!!!!!!!!!
    These two creeps exist because there are loads of people that follow and agree with what they say.
    I can’t understand Robin bashing Gaby? She has no loyalty to other women at all?

  18. Cakes says:

    Being mean and being honest are NOT the same thing. He could have gotten his point across with far more tact than that.

  19. ThunderC*nt says:

    The snow is fallin’ and friends are calling “neigh”.

  20. Aspie says:

    Howard Stern may be partially right. It will be very difficult for an obese woman, let alone an obese woman of color to find steady and rewarding work in Hollywood.

    Look at the plethora of skinny, talented actresses of color who aren’t working so why should everyone pretend things may be any different for Gabby?

    Look, Howard Stern is a complete JERK and I hope Gabby is able to prove him completely wrong but I fell it will be by a huge long shot.

  21. ThunderC*nt says:

    Come on, it’s lovely weather for a sleighride together w/Stern and his big faced horse head for a wife.

  22. loca says:

    Ew. Because Howard Stern is so hot…

  23. BReed says:


    ps what galls me is that he actually gets paid to run his mouth. go figure.

  24. temeneos says:

    um, no surprise, this is what he does. why is anyone expressing shock? From what I have seen and heard of this young woman she will: 1)not dignify him with a response, or 2) respond graciously. Either way it reflects badly on him.

  25. Ron says:

    As an unattractive woman herself, Howard Stern has ventured into film before and she was quickly banished to radio. I don’t recall she has ever been nominated for anything other than Stain of Year. And there was talk of putting this nasty bitch on American Idol. Oh yeah, that’s just the kind of criticism the youth of America need. Ms Stern is beyond childish with this rant.

  26. Solveig says:

    Mr Stern, an opinion gracefully stated…
    Gross and disgusting.
    But I say one thing, slamming somebody cause is overweight is not worst than to criticize someone because is too thin calling that person ‘anorexic bitch’.
    Finally, if in HW there’s no way for women to be successful and fat and/or ugly it’s because we mostly pay cinema tickets to see beautiful people. AND beauty standards are quite ridiculous.

  27. lin234 says:

    It’s not solely Hollywood’s fault that there is a demand for extremely thin white women as actresses. Hollywood listens to the the wallet. That is their only objective. They operate on numbers and the numbers show them what the general public likes to see. Every time you open your wallet for a movie, you are telling them what you prefer.

    I’ve never listened to Stern on radio before. When I hear about him, it’s usually something degrading towards women. Hope he feels like a real man.

  28. the other mel says:

    Howard always was a pig, still is a pig. Don’t listen to him, never will.

  29. Fluffy Kitten Tail says:

    She is obese. Fact.

    Her movie roles are limited due to her size- Fact.

    Howard Stern is a shock jock- Fact.

    Get over it people.

  30. ligeia says:

    he’s a douchebag, but he’s a douchebag to literally everyone and he tells it like it is without sugar coating it. it was rude and uncalled for, but really, this is hollywood we’re talking about where people get called fat for putting on 10 lbs and their career suffers from it.
    also, i don’t understand why is it considered okay on this site to body snark on other celebrities who are much thinner and arguably better looking, but not okay to snark on gaby?

  31. b says:

    He is a jerk but it seems that people don’t want to admit that she IS fat.
    It is not an opinion; it is a fact that she is obese.

  32. ashley says:

    in that picture above, he looks like Kelly Kutrone from “Kell on Earth” from People’s Revolution with a perm and a five o’clock shadow.

  33. photo jojo says:

    I used to weigh 300 lbs. I can pretty much tell you with some authority that Gaby is totally aware that she is a very large young woman. She seems incredibly self assured and confident, and that is something I am still struggling with at 170 lbs so I am definitely on the side of those who hope she continues to do well in Hollywood What I don’t get is – does Howard Stern thinks he’s revealing some sort of state secret? We can ALL see she’s very large. And? Are we all supposed to be shocked? She’s large. And black. And talented. And a woman. And someone’s daughter. And someone’s friend. And she’s a lot of other things too. If she refuses to be defined by her size, why should the rest of the world continue to try to force that upon her as her only attribute?

  34. GreenEyes says:

    I think Gaby Sibibe seems talented, sweet, down-to-earth, and lovely. And while I hate Howard Stern, I was saying to a friend on Oscar night that I hope Sidibe can lose some weight — for her health, not for her career, necessarily. I want her to have a long life AND a great career. I think both will be more likely if she gets the lap band procedure and takes off some pounds.

  35. gg says:

    Don’t listed to him, Gabs.

    I think she’s breaking molds as we speak. Go Gaby!

  36. Peach says:

    @photojojo: Amen, Amen Ahhhhh men.

    Also I’m just going to put this out there:

    If we were playing ‘Who Would You Rather?’ I’d rather with Gabby.
    Just sayin.

    Oh also this on the health beat: In a town where doing a bump of coke is the rural equivalent of having a scotch on the rocks, nobody needs to be prattling on about health.
    Oh there are a lot of health problems with Hollywood. But any of Gabby’s issues are her own. They are none of my business any more than my smoking is any of hers.

  37. Sincerity says:

    Howard Stern is “a shock jock”. It’s what he gets paid to do and Gabby’s an easy target. His listening audience must be really declining in order for him to attack Gabby. Regardless of her size, I really want to see Gabby continue to work as long as it makes her happy. She does have options and who are we to say what the future may hold for her. Gabby might even decide to become a writer and/or producer who develops projects tailored especially for herself. Other performers have successfully done so.

  38. Chana says:

    Howard Stern is a Class-A Arse so I don’t know why anyone is shocked or surprised by him saying something like this about her. He’s a jerk to everyone. It doesn’t make it right, but he regularly slams pretty much all of the world and suddenly everyone is up in arms because he said something mean about the fat chick.

    She’s obese. Period. She knows she is, we know she is, the world at large knows.

    No obese person works a lot in Hollywood. Not men, not women, not anybody. If they do, they are the fat friend/fat funny guy/fat funny gal/fat whatever.

    And it also boggles my mind that people think that every actress is bone thin. They are certainly slim, but not unhealthy. I don’t think films promote an unhealthy standard of beauty in the slightest.

    Obesity is not beautiful. Not in this country, anyway. And if you are going to be successful in the film industry in this country, you cannot be obese.

    And neither is extreme thinness. Notice everyone who is sick-looking in terms of thinness gets called out for it same as women who are extremely overweight.

    She is wonderfully talented yes, but she’s not going to make the film industry change what it is. It’s just the plain truth. Anyone telling her otherwise is doing her a disservice.

  39. ThunderC*nt says:

    …as we watch the chestnuts pop!

  40. SpreadLove says:

    She may be obese but she is still a hell of a lot more beautful than he is. Man he is UGLY! His inner ugliness radiates.
    What with that hair? It’s so obviouly dyed with his greying unshaved chin.
    He looks like a hobo.

  41. Constance says:

    She’s fat and American. I don’t understand why that’s such a crazy thing that it must be brought up while talking about the accomplishment of a debut actress. Douchebaggery is full effect.

  42. d says:

    People aren’t objecting to Stern calling her fat; it’s that he’s slagging her for it as something wrong and as something that is wrong with her (which I think is wrong, and as something that is wrong with HIM and his worldview). And they are objecting to him saying that because she’s fat, she won’t get work.

    In my view, when someone is fat, that’s their business and all those people citing health concerns are faux-concerned. They just want justification for being mean. They want to get away with pointing and laughing at the fat girl, so they use health. Seen it, heard it, it was called high school.

    Will Gabby be stigmatized for being fat? Yes, most likely. It’s already begun. Will people tell her to lose weight? Yes. Will she lose weight? I actually doubt it; she seems very comfortable in her own skin, and I think she seems strong enough to stay as is without getting eaten alive. And, I still think she will get work and that she will be sucessful in life. I would love for her to be a successful actress and not be called the fat actress, but just actress. People will reveal their own prejudices though and it won’t be easy.

  43. lin234 says:

    Go photo jojo for making a complete lifestyle change! You should feel proud of yourself for having that willpower! You can do anything you set your heart to! Sounds cliche I know but nevertheless, it doesn’t take away what you’ve already achieved.

    I’ve too watching Dr. Oz too much. It’s scary to hear about the effects of obesity on your knees and most importantly the high risk of other long term diseases you open yourself up to. I hope she loses weight so it doesn’t hinder her health or dreams.

    d- Not everyone who cites health issues are being insincere. I took a health class once and was surprised to learn that obesity in the #1 killer in America. I thought it would be heart disease, cancer, whatnot. It’s a serious problem in our nation.

  44. Ben says:

    @ Chana – here, here! Too true.

  45. nana says:

    nikki blonsky is actually cute, can sing, dance and act. eventhough shes big she got curves and nice to look at. the problem with gabby’s size is that shes really an enormous girl. i saw her in knee length dress and her legs are extremely big rubbing each other and her shoes were stretching. she needs to loose weight for health reasons. stern is d-bag but there are some truth to what he said. gabby needs to trim down to look healthy. while she got a huge talent its difficult to give her roles with that size. it would be nice to hear shes working out with her weight.

  46. ViktoryGin says:


    The problem is that people were avoiding stating the obvious in hopes that for once Hollywood could enjoy some substance. That is the issue. Fair enough, however, as substance is a concept that Stern does not recognize.

    It’s not just that she’s obese. Her entire look runs antithetical to the prevailing standard worldwide, except for some parts of Africa. Even if she lost weight, she’s still dark skinned. Even with her skin color, she’s got afro-centric features. This is not just an attack on the “fat chick” it’s an attack on all the little dark-skinned girls who are constantly having to fight to be considering half-way attractive. In a world that largely measures a woman’s worth by her looks, never underestimate how isolating and painful it can be when how your look runs counter ENTIRELY to what many deem attractive. I’m just glad that Gabby seems to have the emotional fortitude to handle it.

  47. Peach says:


    I really do think films promote an incredibly unhealthy view of women. The majority of actresses are thin, white, and blond.

    But if you’re a 14 year old girl who is say…Bangladeshi in heritage, who are you going to look to? What are you allowed to consider beautiful? Hollywood is sending a clear message that she is not worthy of an image. Not worthy of representation. She is invisible because her features are not relevant or desirable or beautiful enough.

    That is so damaging. It triggers everything from eyelid surgery for Asians to anorexic struggles, skin whitening creams, and low self worth.

    As Margaret Cho once said: “To be a minority and have self esteem is truly an act of revolution.”

    Because there are people out there spending millions and billions of dollars trying to teach us that we are not worthy of screen time. That no matter our talents, we just don’t quite fit the mold they prefer.

    So maybe it’s not an issue for you. And that’s great. But for women who know they will never, ever achieve this sense of ‘beauty’ it is a real and relevant issue.

  48. Bobbie DeGroot says:

    This comment is so mean it makes me want to cry. What would he feel the need to kick her? Let her have her moment in the sun. It is wonderful for Gabby. He must have no soul left.

  49. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    Yes. Very well put, ViktoryGin.

  50. angela says:

    There is no glory in making fun of easy targets, and that’s what Stern always does. He’s not funny or talented; he’s just loud and obnoxious, which passes for comedy for a lot of Americans. He’s an embarrassment.

  51. Mrs. Rut says:

    Someone may have already said this, I haven’t read them all, but, Gaby can lose weight. Howard can never lose UGLY! He is hideous and disgusting. I know it’s not the same as being an actress, but Oprah is a large, black woman. What about HER career? She could buy and sell Howard Stern, just for fun. Used to tolerate him. Now I hate him. Team Gaby!!!

  52. GatsbyGal says:

    The way he put it was insanely harsh, rude, and a transparent ploy for attention (because really, who still listens to his show?), but I’m sad to say that he has a point. What ARE we going to see her in next? She really only has the look for a straight-up drama picture, so that limits her right there. And really, how many movies call for a fat, black lead actress that’s not a Queen Latifah comedy?

  53. mollination says:


  54. CB Rawks says:

    Stern is obviously hugely proud of himself. He’s a horrible waste of a human life and he is thrilled that he upset everyone. That’s all he can actually do in the world, attack people.
    I really think the best thing to do is pretend he doesn’t exist, and hopefully he won’t, sooner than later.

  55. Maritimer says:

    I agree with most of the above.
    My points-
    1) Gaby seems like such a wonderful, intelligent young woman with a wicked sense of humor – and she is a gifted actress.

    2)He is an absolute ass. The way he made his point was harsh and very disrespectful (obviously, for ratings only).

    3) He is likely right. Other than a few post publicity offers, she will no doubt have very little coming her way because of her appearance. There are simply too few roles that she would be appropriate for.

    4)The truth of the matter is that she is not just fat, she is morbidly obese. As a health care professional I cringed when I saw her on the red carpet. I worry for her (and any one else that size). She is at high risk for significant obesity related health problems and will die at an earlier age if she doesn’t take action. I am not trying to be melodramatic here, this is fact.

    5)Again, although Howard is an asshole (I’m all for the sleigh ride!), I think he simply acknowledged the elephant in the room. Come on, I do not believe any of you who say you have seen her as of late and it didn’t even cross your mind just how over weight she was.

  56. mags says:

    howard stern still says things that people listen to?

  57. Lisa says:

    Oh wow, I was listening to the show when he went on his rant. I listen to the show occasionally because sometimes the guests are pretty interesting, but Monday was absolutely disgusting. Stern only likes one type of woman – stick thin with giant plastic breasts. That’s it. Anything else and he has to rant about how ugly and horrible they are and how they have no talent, blah blah blah. You know what? Get over yourself, Stern. Hopefully he won’t renew his contract after this year, but I’m not crossing my fingers.

  58. Ursula says:

    Howard Stern is a tool. I am sure Gaby would rather be thin and will do anything in her power to get to a healthier weight. But it is not always easy for every one. She seems to be naturally obese.

  59. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    What the hell is the point saying all this bullsh*t? Like she doesn’t know she is overweight. I am sure she knows and I am sure she, as all well as other black actors, know that its hard to have a career in Hollywood. Did we really need some as*hole like Howard Stern to point all that bs out to Gabby? Does that make that f*ck face feel like a big man to say that sh*t like that. Fu*k him. I used to like that douche bag, but he can eat Sh*t. Why the hell does he feel like its his job to ruin someone’s moment. Fu*king as*hole and F*ck Robin too for entertaining that bullsh*t her as* is overweight to or was. F*ck them both. People just have to ruin everything right.

  60. Bobby the K says:


    Howard and Robin (she was just as nasty), have ironically gotten her more work than her agent could have hoped.

  61. For Sooth? says:

    Consider the source. This is coming from a man with pimples on his butt and cellulite.

  62. archiepelago says:

    Bless her. Look at her face in that picture, it’s a picture of pure unadulterated joy and pride. I could not love this girl more. Her talent is undeniable but she has a radiance and an inner light that makes me believe that even if she never has another acting role ever again, she will live her life knowing that she did something incredible and that will be enough. F*ck Stern, he will never know that feeling.

    When Sandy singled her out to say “Gabby I love you so much, you are exquisite” in her speech, I was right there with her.

  63. jess says:

    i wish gaby the best of luck, both career and health wise. she is in control of her health, and should lose some weight. im not saying she has to get skinny, but she needs to lose some of it.

    that being said, i HAVE to respond to the comments about being an obese woman of color and how much harder it is to get a job. i think it is MUCH harder for a white obese woman to get a job than a woman of color, because it is more acceptable in the african american culture to have “some curves” than in “white america (is it politically correct to say anglo-saxon-american, since black american is taboo?). there are many more “curvy” women of color in more successful places than “curvy” women that arent of “color”. queen latifah, opera, mo’nique, etc.

  64. Jen says:

    “She is at high risk for significant obesity related health problems and will die at an earlier age if she doesn’t take action. I am not trying to be melodramatic here, this is fact.”

    Maritimer, not to be rude, but…NO SH*T, Sherlock. Here’s the thing, though – this should not be a topic of conversation. Gabby knows how much she weighs. The general public doesn’t need to be crowing at her about how fat she is – girlfriend KNOWS how fat she is. She knows what the health risks are for a woman her size. She’s not stupid. But she has gone out in the world and done something extraordinary DESPITE her size (which sounds like a slight against her but honestly, getting nominated for a Best Actress Oscar as an overweight woman is an accomplishment that defies the odds), and I think she deserves a great deal credit for that. Let’s give Gabby the benefit of the doubt here – let’s not chide her at every available opportunity as though she’s stumbled through life unaware of her own obesity. I guarantee you she’s painfully, inescapably aware of it 24 hours a day. Give her a break.

  65. lacy says:

    Long live Howard Stern!! BaBa Booey!

  66. lacy says:

    Not only did he say what many people are thinking, but he’s the only person with balls enough to say it. Hollywood, magazines, internet, the people that read and buy all that stuff, just perpetuate the thin, tan, blond stereotype we all feed into. Otherwise, fat people would be all over the TV, and they just aren’t. Also, this is what Stern does for a living, and he does it so well: pisses people off. Also, the media only publicizes the comments he makes against women. Any regular listener knows he has plenty to say about fat, sweaty, balding, smelly, douchey men. But no one writes about that because it doesn’t cause a stir. Lighten up.

  67. Godzilla says:

    Actually, I think the real target of his rant was Oprah and the yes-men who are saying that she’s going to have this fantastic career when, in reality, she’s probably not.

  68. Dani says:

    Honestly, Robin Givens is the one pissing me off, not Stern, because Robin used to be “huge” [her words] herself and lost weight in an unhealthy way [again, her words] because people picked on her for it, so for her to turn around and pick on someone that young for the exact same thing knowing how much it hurts makes her twice the scum as Stern IMO.

    also, @Chana:
    “No obese person works a lot in Hollywood. Not men, not women, not anybody.”

    I can think of a bunch of actors [guys] who are NOT skinny at all and are working, even playing a leading man, so that statement is false. It’s a double standard. They may not be as big as Gabby, but by medical and definitely hollywood standards, are obese and yet still getting work. Like I said, double standard.

  69. sofi says:

    has he ever look himself in the mirror?!! he is no adonis so to speak.. so yes hollywood is more open to young slim pretty things but we have all seen women that don’t belong to this category and have built a carreer for themselves in it..

  70. CeeCee12 says:

    Don’t agree jess.
    Queen latifah started out as a rapper, Oprah was a journalist and monique is stand up comedienne. We have Rosie O, Camryn Manheim, Conchata Ferrell, Roseanna Barr…I don’t think color has a thing to do with it.

    There are roles for heavy folks. Many roles do not HAVE to be played by skinny people.
    If she and her agent are creative then she can have a long interesting career. I would love to see her lose some weight. She doesn’t need to be a rail but some would be good for her health.

  71. Jazz says:

    I just wanna rip that fright wig right off his head.

  72. Milan says:

    to the comment about jennifer hudson and queen latifah. I agree that they are fully figured…but lets face it calling Gabby fully figured is ridiculous. She is talented and she played precious perfectly, But girl looks like she swallowed a baby whale whole. Hollywood is not the most forgiving.

  73. Rose says:

    Gabby can lose weight, Stern on the other hand will never be anything other than a stupid foul saddo.

  74. Elena says:

    He is right

  75. isabelle says:

    Has he looked at his own ugly mug recently?

  76. Laurie says:

    I saw Precious and it was a stunning movie but also produced by Oprah Winfrey productions..I think Oprah is giving this new actress a real leg up in Hollywood…the thing is she played the role of a victim perfectly in that film and had limited dialogue..her expressions hardly changed. She does not seem to have the face for movie stardom (OK, yeah, nor the body but to me it was her lack of expression I didn’t like)……so to me she was pushed to the front of the awards line in part because of Oprah not because of her great talent but because she played the role of an oppressed girl who rises above her situation…and became the cause celebre and somehow was rewarded for the role she played and not really for her talent. If she is going to act again, she does have to make her own career as she won’t always be the “It” Girl..that is certain.

  77. Ling says:

    He’s a douche, but he’s absolutely right. Also because Gabourey will probably die of a heart attack before she can get a decent film career going if she doesn’t start working at it now, which she should, given that she is probably quite financially available. Heck, she could probably get some weight loss company to take her on for free in exchange for promotion.

    I do absolutely agree that the maximum allowable weight has a lot to do with race. Latinas and black women may be “full-figured”. White women may not. Think of Grey’s Anatomy.

    Have we heard from Daniel Fishel lately? Noooo.

    In all honesty, Gabourey will likely be relegated to Tyler Perry movies if she doesn’t start treating her body well.

  78. YuckHoward says:

    If people would quite listening to this nasty,no class, racist, talentless, ugly, idiotic, clueless piece of $hiot, maybe he would just go crawl back under his rock. It sickens me that he is paid well to sit and trash people and demean women.

  79. bellaluna says:

    As we used to say in school: “I may be fat, but you’re ugly, and I can always lose weight.”

  80. padiddle says:

    Ling: Danielle Fishel has a show on Style network called “The Dish” so she IS working.
    And that’s the thing. I don’t think Gabby will never work again, but will she ever be in an Oscar nominated film again, or a big budget romantic comedy? Probably not, but I think she can find roles that don’t necessarily have to be thin, so it’s not fair to say she will have “no” career, but she may struggle if she wishes to be the romantic lead in a rom-com.

  81. dread pirate cuervo says:

    Her weight will prevent her from having a long career because she won’t be around long enough to pursue it. It’s called “morbid obesity” because being that heavy may actually cause you to DIE.

  82. lucy2 says:

    He’s a jerk. Plain and simple. Trying to tear down someone who is enjoying her success, it’s just sad.

    Gabby will get other roles, if she chooses to pursue acting. Thankfully, the world does not revolve around Howard Stern’s opinion. And “not working since” might be news to Nikki Blonksy, since she’s done a number of films and TV since Hairspray.

  83. Karin says:

    I’ll tell you this – she’s already had more of a Hollywood career than most people!! So I think the couch critics can STFU…!!

  84. Iggles says:

    @ Milan:
    “to the comment about jennifer hudson and queen latifah. I agree that they are fully figured…but lets face it calling Gabby fully figured is ridiculous.”

    I agree. She is obese.

    @ bellaluna:
    “As we used to say in school: “I may be fat, but you’re ugly, and I can always lose weight.””

    Exactly! You hit the nail on the head.

    @ lucy2:
    “He’s a jerk. Plain and simple. Trying to tear down someone who is enjoying her success, it’s just sad.”


    Bottom line folks, Stern is a jealous jerk. He’s mean spirited for the sake of being mean. We all *know* Gabby is obese. So what? It doesn’t diminish her success. Now I hope she can get to a healthy weight but all the criticism Stern laid out is crabs in the bucket.

  85. Bam Bam says:

    Howard gets paid to be jerk. Gaby seems lovely and appreciative, I’m betting there will be more roles for heavier women in future, the road has been already paved by others like her co-star Monique. All Stern knows is T&A, you can’t really believe he’d be open to reality of what women are today, when all he embraces the nip/tuck ones.

  86. We ALL know Hollywood is shallow as hell, but that’s nothing new. Her weight doesn’t dictate her as a person and her skill and personality is what will make people want to work with her.

    If anything, Howard was being himself…straight up penis. To go on the attack about her was uncalled for. Now, if he wants to really make a difference, try washing with soap and water. He looks like he’s in a perpetual state of dustiness.

  87. nj says:

    Read the book, people. Precious IS obese. Her weight, which adds to her low self esteem, is integral to the character. Gabby would not have won the role unless she was large.
    Who is to say she can’t lose weight? I bet she will. And I bet she will have a career.
    I love this girl. You can just see in her eyes that she’s got a beautiful soul.
    I can’t get that excited about what Stern says. He is paranoid of fat and anything that looks natural.

  88. Trillion says:

    When I watch British productions, I notice far more plump actors. It seems in the US, an actor is either stick thin or very heavy. You don’t often see anyone who is simply kinda chubby. Gaby is amazingly talented. I do hope she’s able to shed some weight. She looks so uncomfortable and is so young, smart and positive. Not skinny as a stick, but at least comfortable and able to move with more ease. And I hope she gives no response to Stern/Robin et al.

  89. Shazza says:

    Uh…Gabby has another movie coming out along with a pilot for Showtime with Laura Linney-

    Yelling to the Sky (2010) (post-production) …. Latonya Williams

    “The Big C” (2010) TV series

    so Stern and some of these posters are wrong.

  90. Shazza says:

    And Trillion, that was one of the things I really appreciate about British TV-they feature people who just look like ordinary people. In America, if you watch soaps (or anything really) the people are glamorous, dress in designer clothes, skinny and beautiful.

  91. fizXgirl314 says:

    This guy is well known scum… why is this news? His opinions aren’t even worth noting… This guy would sell his mother for money… in fact, I think he kind of has :/

  92. Mistral says:

    I don’t get why people want this girl to succeed so badly. She seems nice, true. But, there are plenty of nice people working hard in Hollywood.

    There are plenty of actors/actresses who catch a break and get one or two great roles (if that) and then their careers fizzle out for no apparent reason.

    Also, she’s hardly the greatest, most talented actress out there. The Mulligan kid’s performance was way better than Sidibe’s if you want to compare someone else who was nominated in the same category this year.

    You can think Howard is a prick, but that’s his shtick–being a prick. Prick or not, what he said is correct. Oprah is lying to her. You think someone is going to get far in Hollywood looking like her? She could be Meryl Streep in the talent department and it wouldn’t get her hired. It’s just the nature of the business.

  93. fizXgirl314 says:

    I, for one, would like to see her succeed her ass off so all you idiots will be eating your words! GO SIDIBE! Love a good underdog story 😀

  94. Kelaa Khaa says:

    Bellaluna right on! Stern is fugly and all I can only see is fartman when I look at his mug.

  95. ViktoryGin says:

    @ Jo “Mama” (I like that), thanks!

    @ Mistral

    No disrespect intended but, I concur, that you have missed the point. You lump her in with the entire population of aspiring starlets like she is competing on equal footing. You linked Carey Mulligan in a comparison. Mulligan will go on a have a perfectly respectable career, especially if she decides to work mostly in her native Britain. Why wouldn’t she? She’s white and non-descript but talented…just like the Brits like them. Women who look like Sidibe DO NOT HAVE Hollywood careers other than guest stints on Law and Order. This is why people want her to succeed…because she’s different and flies in the face on Hollywood values that say you have to be white, a size 2, and superiorly attractive if you want to come within 50 of the Kodak Theatre. There are some exceptions, of course, but those exceptions you can name on two hands. Team Sidibe.

  96. Lisa Jones says:

    It’s amazing that shallow people like Howard Stern has to put emphasis on Gabby’s weight when we have the Biggest Obesity epidemic in this country. Gabby doesn’t have exclusivity on being overweight. We as American are bigger than we ever have been due to poor eating habits and lack of exercise. Howard Stern really has unmitigated gall to speak of anyone’s weight when he once topped the scales at 325 pounds! How did he feel when people made fun of him. I pity people who have been there and want to denigrate others for being overweight.

  97. Jo Ann Wright says:

    Personally I feel Gabby was more convincing in the role she played than Sandra Bullock. Any white actress could have played a rich white mom helping a young black athelete, Howard is despicable and he is far from attractive.

  98. Mistral says:

    Hey VGin,

    I understand completely that she isn’t on equal footing with the Mulligans of the world.

    First of all, she is a black actress. Hollywood does not have many great roles for women, and even less for black women (actors fare better). Where are the jobs for the amazing Angela Bassett? Or for Halle Berry? (I could make a ridiculously long list, but these two will serve). The colour barrier is very real, and it’s a shame. For that to change, black people of means need to financially back worthy projects that don’t reduce black culture to Tyler Perry-style exercises in stereotype. Then, when these projects make money, other producers and production companies will change their prejudicial practices.

    That said, her weight is going to be the real obstacle to any sort of long-term success. Everything you said is the point that Stern was making. There just aren’t many roles for people who don’t fit the physical beauty mold. Stern is calling out people like Oprah for pretending it won’t matter to her future prospects. The fact of the matter is–it will.

    You misunderstand me if you think I don’t want her to succeed. I don’t care about it either way. Let’s face it, whatever happens to her career in showbiz, she’s had more fun than a lot of us this year. She’s done a lot of stuff most of us will never do. So, good for her.

    But, I’m not going to sit here and root for her because Hollywood’s beauty standards don’t include people like her. Obesity is not “beautiful”. That’s the issue. North America is in a very dangerous place with this health crisis. We need to address the underlying issues–food production practices and poverty are a major root of the problem. Also, we need to start promoting healthier, more active lifestyles in our schools and in the media (and cracked out, skinny actress isn’t it, either).

  99. Abby says:

    Really – what is wrong with what Howard Stern said. It was funny. Oprah should not have given that girl such false hope. Jeezy, she’s the size of Cleveland. Now she thinks she’s pretty? Holy Moley, I agree that she should take that money and maybe go to Duke Rice Clinic or somewhere similiar to get help. She’s morbidly obese for goodness sake.

  100. Tee says:

    Stern, is an axxwhip. Instead of getting off making himself look good by downing someone else, he should try and get nose surgery and teeth whitening. He is just an unhappy person and will always be unhappy.

    People try and uplift people and not down people all the time. How we know she have not struggle with her weight? HOw we know she is not trying to loose weight. Does that make her less human. No!!! Encourage, imbrace the goodness of people. God do not like ugly.

  101. saywhat says:

    OMG… my boss listens to this stupid butt every single day … I hate it… my boss is one of those that thinks Stern is GOD… My boss has even told me he dreams about him… If my boss have a chance to have sex with this man he would… ugh…my boss acts like him too… plus he thinks Chicago is the best place ever… he hasn’t lived there in 15 years… he acts like a kid .. brag-in “how much better it is there” and how “Stern is sooo right” its like everything is compared to Chicago, and Howard this and that… HE brags sooo much about Chicago , I dont even want to go there EVER!! Just had to get this off my chest.

  102. Gramof3 says:

    Howard Stern has got a lot of nerve speaking anything about how other people look! I mean, really, has he looked in the mirror lately?

  103. -Folk- says:

    I don’t understand why he is getting on her like that. He’s no sight for sore eyes hmself, so he has no room, whatsoever, to talk about her. I haven’t seen Precious, but I will see what it’s about. I heard she did very well, and if he felt so strongly about this, why doesn’t he go talk to her to her face and encourage her to lose weight if it is bothering him THIS much? His ignorance makes me feel sorry for him…

  104. katelynn lahman says:

    why would u say something really mean about gaby telling she needs to lose weight shes enourmous that just rude mean and thats not right at all wat if someone said something bad about u its not nice at all thats just really mean and it makes me so mad to see this because she looks very nice she probly did nothing to anyone to desever this and ya she only needs to lose weight for her health i love u gaby ♥ write me back girl i would like to talk ♥ and ya thats just mean ur going to regret it one day for calling gaby that.

  105. JackTheSerb says:

    Howard is absolutely right.