The E! Entertainment network has apologized to Michael J. Fox after viewers witnessed a grossly insensitive screen graphic which referred to his diagnosis with Parkinson's Disease as a 'fun fact'.
Twitter exploded with rage at the network for its message which declared that the popular 52-year-old Back to the Future and Spin City actor has been suffering the degenerative condition for 22-years.
Responding to the widely condemned screen graphic, E! issued a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, saying, 'We regret the insensitive classification of Michael J. Fox's Parkinson's diagnosis during our Eonline live stream. We understand the serious nature of the disease and sincerely apologize.'
The graphic was shown during E!'s live stream of red carpet coverage Sunday, although not on TV. As the actor was entering the Beverly Hills Hilton, the 'fun fact' graphic noted Fox's diagnosis in 1991. Fox was nominated for best actor in a comedy for his new NBC show.
The feed also provided the equally insensitive fact that Oscar winner Robert Redford was 'stricken with polio as a child.'