August 12th, 2014
04:14 PM ET
8 years ago

Fox News host: First lady needs to 'drop a few' pounds

(CNN) - A Fox News co-host questioned Michelle Obama's weight and eating habits on Tuesday as the first lady advocates for nutrition standards through her "Let's Move" anti-obesity campaign.

"How well could she be eating? She needs to drop a few," Keith Ablow, a psychiatrist and member of Fox's "Medical A-Team," said on "Outnumbered."

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The show regularly features four women sitting on a couch with one man in the middle, who's "outnumbered" in conversations about the news.

After the four female co-hosts chided Ablow for his comments, he continued to offer skepticism.

"Well, no, let's be honest. I mean, there's no French fries ever? That's all kale and carrots? I don't buy it," he said.

One co-host, Lisa 'Kennedy' Montgomery, jumped in to defend the first lady.

"I do not like her attitude, but I like her booty," she said.

Sandra Smith, another co-host, tried to drive the discussion back to the topic at hand - some school districts are opting out of federal requirements that mandate better choices for school lunches, saying the requirements are too difficult.

Smith added that some students are simply leaving campus to buy fast food, rather than buy food they don't want to eat at school.

Congressional Republicans have been trying to nix or delay the program.

Ablow jumped in again: "Exactly, but that's what she's doing. She's up at night in the White House kitchen, I'm telling ya."

CNN has reached out to the White House for comment on the host's remarks.

CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

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soundoff (87 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    No respect whatsoever and pathetic. He should listen to Janice Dean(Fox's meteorologist) who tweeted: “Dear Keith Ablow, please keep your comments about women ‘dropping a few’ to yourself. Sincerely, all women.”

    August 12, 2014 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    CNN has reached out to the White House for comment on the host's remarks.
    Seriously? Why don't you report on the fact that as the right complains about Pres. Obama taking vacations, he has taken dramatically fewer vacation days than George W. Bush at this point in his presidency. Obama-125, Bush-403

    August 12, 2014 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. love344

    Michelle you are beautiful... the haters will hate

    August 12, 2014 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. Arun

    What an idiot!!!

    August 12, 2014 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. Arden

    These Fox nuts will say anything to garner attention. To me, they all seem to either hate filled, totally stupid and out of touch with reality, or just hell bent on being incredibly nasty. Don't confuse them with facts because their minds are made up.

    August 12, 2014 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  6. Gurgyl

    -few pounds, from Republican Brain? Then, I am worried, they become without brain at all. Of course, they look like with no brain now.

    August 12, 2014 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  7. smith

    The first lady is a chunk? Well, she must hide it well. I admire the first lady`s intentions with her school nutrition progam but it failed.

    August 12, 2014 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. Laughing

    OMG! You bunch of airheads! Obviously you don't have anything better to do but discuss other people's weight. How about discussing yours?

    August 12, 2014 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Good grief CNN slow news day. Would they rather our First Lady was a size 0 and had a eating disorder. She looks great and normal, nothing wrong with her at all.

    August 12, 2014 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    Sunk so low. Barbara Bush looks like she should be demanding bridge tolls or driving a semi but she never got treated like this.

    August 12, 2014 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. Laverne

    Michelle is a tall woman and he is not petite. She looks proportioned well for her height and frame. Not everybody is a size 0 barbie doll type. Get so tired of the pigs at FOX News disrespecting and talking about the first lady the way they do. Would NEVER say such things about Laura Bush EVER! I guest this is one of the reason she hates America, such hateful, mean spirited freaks here!!!

    August 12, 2014 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    Man are they furious that FLOTUS is black. But it sort of begs the question. I mean, just imagine how much more furious they'd have been if Obama was not only stealing "their" white house, but also their white wimminz? Can you imagine what they'd have found to say about FLOTUS then? Yeah you can.

    August 12, 2014 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    "Dr." Keith Ablow, the scheister doctor who can find no forum other than Faux "News" that will broadcast his nonsense, but has a need for attention, makes another shocking statement to get his name on the air. And look! It worked! Yay for you, 'doctor' Keith Ablow. Yay for you. How much you have added to the conversation of the day. In case you missed it, the message is: Move more, try to eat healthy. The message is not: Be perfect in every way. If we had a view of your closet….oi. What would we find? Lotso skeletons, I'm sure.

    August 12, 2014 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  14. 1108

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA – Take Back the House

    No respect whatsoever and pathetic.

    Michelle you are beautiful... the haters will hate

    Just another case of , OK for liberals, not OK for conservative.

    August 12, 2014 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. codyprochaska

    Michelle OBama You are BEAUTIFUL

    August 12, 2014 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  16. Gary

    Gotta get some ratings somehow.. Bengazi, IRS all turned out to be lies.

    August 12, 2014 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  17. sonny chapman

    Fox News-They've brought down decency among Americans. it's OK to exercise your 1st Amendment Free Speech to the point of insult.

    August 12, 2014 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  18. PaulCat

    You better get all that hatred in now, because once she leaves the White House, GAME IS ON.

    August 12, 2014 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  19. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    So if she looked like a prepubescent 12 year old boy with a fake rack would they complain then. Neither Babs or Laura were slim and I never heard anyone saying that about them. Nothing but disrespectful haters.

    To the haters....

    Mrs. Obama has a body that most black women would kill for. She's fit and doesn't look like a little bony, anorexic boy.

    August 12, 2014 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  20. Captain Awesome

    Catnip for the looney left. How did this story even make it to this blog? This conversation took place in a matter of seconds and it makes the political blog at CNN? Really?

    August 12, 2014 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  21. vikingwoman

    Michelle Obama is a middle age woman who looks great & healthy! She's not talking about adult bad eating habits but our school kids who are at risk for obesity, heart disease, diabetes, etc, & if Ablow thinks that's funny, it's not! It's crucial to teach our kids better eating habits so they don't end up w/the complications millions of adults in this country face everyday & the price tag that goes with it! It's crucial to the economy & finances of the individual, as well as the health care/insurance businesses! Hey, GOTP, taking care of your own & your kids health is Taking Personal Responsibility!!

    August 12, 2014 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  22. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    They've been saying this all along he's just the only one with the stones to say it on tv.

    August 12, 2014 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  23. bassman

    CNN has no problem with the sexist attacks on Sarah Palin, but the moment some one does the same to the First Lady they are all over it.

    August 12, 2014 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  24. Jerry

    Rude and crude that is Fox News for you

    August 12, 2014 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "Catnip for the looney left. How did this story even make it to this blog?

    Because a major network 24/7 news channel broadcast this guy's misogynist filth to the entire nation, that's why. Did you think he was having a private freekin conversation out behind the woodshed where he buries his victims?

    August 12, 2014 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
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