E! Apologizes for ‘Insensitive’ Michael J. Fox ‘Fun Fact’ During Golden Globes Coverage

The net ran trivia during awards pre-show

Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet Lupita Nyong'o
Hostesses Tina Fey and Amy Poehler on the Golden Globe Awards red carpet
Lena Dunham in a canary yellow gown Golden Globe Awards red carpet
Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet Jennifer Lawrence
Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet Leslie Mann and Judd Apatow

If E! thought audiences would be too distracted by Jennifer Lawrence’s “Little Mermaid”-inspired gown to notice a tasteless “fun fact” that ran on the livestream during coverage of the Golden Globes red carpet, they were sorely mistaken.

The fact? “Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991.”

Since coming under fire for the bit of trivia, the network has issued an apology. “We regret the insensitive classification of Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s diagnosis during our Eonline [sic] live stream,” an E! spokesperson said in a statement. “We understand the serious nature of the disease and sincerely apologize.”

Viewers took to Twitter to post their own factoids.

Other viewers lost no time in Photo-shopping their own “fun facts” referring to Michael Douglas’ cancer and other taboo or insensitive topics.