BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – It's a gaffe worthy of a serious face palm.
E! News network was forced to issue a public apology during the 71st Annual Golden Globes ceremony on Sunday night after a screen grab of a bad headline graphic used during their red carpet live stream went viral.
The ill-conceived headline graphic ran a "FUN FACT" trivia blurb, with the piece of trivia being that "Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991."
"Someone is getting fired for that Michael J. Fox "fun fact," one tweeted. Another wrote that "of course the channel that tortures the world with The Kardashians would call Michael J Fox's 1991 diagnosis of Parkinson's a 'fun fact,'" while others simply stated: "No, E Network, having Parkinson's is not a 'fun fact.'"
E! was quick to issue an apology.
"We regret the insensitive classification of Michael J. Fox's Parkinson's diagnosis during out E online live stream," a spokesperson said in a statement. "We understand the serious nature of the disease and sincerely apologize."
The much-loved "Back to the Future" and "Family Ties" star was nominated for a Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy for his new NBC show "The Michael J. Fox Show." The graphic appeared just as Fox was entering the red carpet at the Beverly Hilton, and appeared only on the digital livestream, not on the television feed.
The blunder led to several other viewers creating their own "fun fact" memes in social media, referencing an array of other uncouth and taboo topics such as "37 cats died during the making of Inside Llewyn Davis."