August 12th, 2014
04:14 PM ET
7 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. MaryM

    NO one cares what fox fake news has to say except the rwnjs

    August 12, 2014 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  2. Dumbas[R]ocks

    Captain. Isn't it awesome, this made it to this blog because some of your ragweed-for-brains brethren, the very ones YOU choose to worship on FoxsNews, made these sophomoric comments in public, and on purpose. According to your little whine, you Teatards should be able to make whatever imbecilic comments you wish without fear of challenge or comment.

    You and I both have free speech rights. Do not try to encroach on mine, even as a celebrate yours by thanking god daily that he made you Teatards so stupid that you cannot resist using your free speech rights to prove it to the rest of us.

    August 12, 2014 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |

    Digressing to fat jokes. Not an Obamanation fan but you do not cross the threshold of women's weight. She is a beautiful woman. I watch all the networks but fox still rules on ratings and there is a reason.

    August 12, 2014 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. rs

    (Foreign-owned) FOX News host needs to add a few IQ points.

    August 12, 2014 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  5. SJAJR

    You should hear some of his other rants. leave it to Faux news to dig up this quack.

    August 12, 2014 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. Ol' Yeller

    " I watch all the networks but fox still rules on ratings and there is a reason."

    Well, I'm waiting breathlessly for the reason... because it damn sure isn't because they report news welll, or have an informed audience, or make accurate poll readins... that's for sure.
    All faux viewers believed romney was going to win the election handily (of course they also believed saddam hussein was behind 911, there were wmd's found in iraq, and the President was born in Kenya).

    August 12, 2014 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  7. The Dude

    Fox News could shed a few talking heads if you ask me. What a waste of bandwidth and oxygen. The First Lady is a class act IMO.

    August 12, 2014 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  8. tom l

    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?

    How is this misogynist. I am not defending the comment and find it to be stupid. But misogynistic and racist? Not at all. Unless you will call out your buddy Rudy who classified women into 2 categories – cuties and something else. Rudy flat out said that he put women in 2 categories based only on their looks. Rudy gets the free pass since he's part of the gang obviously due to the double standard of liberals who are very much "do as I say, not as I do" kinda people. Just look what people say about the governor of Louisiana since they many on here call him Pyush. It's just amazing to me.

    And you lamented the other day that non dems/liberals mischaracterize what actual dems/liberals say. Since you have such bitter hatred of conservatives/repubs, how can you assert you know what's in their mind when you have no idea what motivates them or why they have the positions that they do. You are so darn divisive and think you know so much about everybody else yet you ask no honest questions to try and understand a conservative/repub. You and Rudy and the rest of the gang think you are actually better than them because you are a liberal/dem. You are the least accepting of another person's point of view so you really have zero credibility. And this comment just proves how much you hate them. So ironic since you and the gang piddle your "they just hate blah blah" all day long. This is why I say you and the rest just project all day long. You hate those who have a difference of opinion from yours so you project on them that same exact feeling while not having a bit of knowledge nor and desire to understand them. You are every bit as much the problem as the hardcore right. And what makes you worse is that you think you are better than them because of your political positions.

    August 12, 2014 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  9. The Elephant in the Room

    Clearly he is a very UNPROFESSIONAL man and yet he is an MD? My how standards must have slipped. Then again, it was Fox.

    Look, I'm going to call this what it is; a racially-based dig at the first lady who looks fabulous. He sounds like my 19 yo college roommate at the U of MARYLAND when he told me that Sports Illustrated cover swimsuitmodel Tyra Banks was too big but blond haired blue eyed Vendela was a perfect goddess. They both were gorgeous and I have chased BOTH of them into my bed if given half a chance but that's is because I was capable of satisfying either.

    This clown would only feel "adequate" with a boney waif hence his sophomoric attempt to deride the 1st lady's figure.

    This is yet another example of disrespect to the country's first black first family. It is not unlike the attempt by Ferguson police to dehumanize Michael Brown. We see what is going on, we will remember, and my God help those caught on the wrong side when we don't have to tolerate this any more. That day is quickly approaching.

    August 12, 2014 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  10. tomdavie

    No she doesn't. She looks very pretty. I have always thought the first lady is a very good looking woman. The Fox guy has no idea what he is talking about.

    August 12, 2014 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  11. blakenaustin

    I couldn't care less about Michelle weight. Her attitude and her ideology, now that is quite another matter.

    August 12, 2014 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain: If you don't like Congress, get rid of the repub/tea bag majority

    The First Lady has NEVER said don't ever junk food – she advocates moderation.

    I think Keith Ablow has some very deep-seated mommy issues ...

    August 12, 2014 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain: If you don't like Congress, get rid of the repub/tea bag majority

    @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?"

    Looney left? Defending our FLOTUS and calling out that putrid pos masquerading as a psychiatrist?

    As I recall (because, unlike YOU, I don't have the memory of a gnat), if anyone in any way criticized GW or his policies, they were called un-American, traitors, aiding the enemy and anti-God. But ever since the fat blog known as Rush said he hoped President Obama failed, it's been open season on our President, his wife and his family.


    August 12, 2014 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  14. Pander Bear

    Fox News is chock full of moronic, hateful commentary. It's why the network is so popular with conservatives.

    August 12, 2014 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain: If you don't like Congress, get rid of the repub/tea bag majority

    I wonder what Keith Ablow's wife, Deborah Jean Small, thinks of this ... she's an attorney ... apparently, they don't have any kids (thank God!) ... she's either a long-suffering spouse or an idiot like him ...

    August 12, 2014 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain: If you don't like Congress, get rid of the repub/tea bag majority

    @rs: "(Foreign-owned) FOX News host needs to add a few IQ points."

    The #2 owner of Fox News is Saudi Prince Al-waleed bin Tala.

    He's Muslim and the 16th richest man in the world. He's been an owner since 1997.

    Just thought the righties might like to know.

    August 12, 2014 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  17. Marie MD

    Most faux news fools (both men and women) need to lose a whole body plus that half brain they all share to look good and intelligent.

    August 12, 2014 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  18. John the Historian

    I can't believe Fox News is even allowed to exist in the USA. Their pure yellow journalism and their playbook right out of Randolph Hearst makes America sick. Canada did it right when the banned this right-winged organization. Americans need to boycott this foreign-owned network.

    August 12, 2014 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  19. Smitty

    If she ate what she tells everyone else to eat she wouldn't be so chunky, typical do as I say not what I do

    August 12, 2014 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  20. Eric

    I guess its ok if you mock chris christie endlessly about his weight

    August 12, 2014 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  21. Malory Archer

    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.


    How so? When have liberals EVER trashed a First Lady for a nonexistent weight issue?

    August 12, 2014 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  22. Malory Archer


    I watch all the networks but fox still rules on ratings and there is a reason.


    Considering the good "doctor's" hateful little comment is standard fare for that crew, your comment about their ratings says a lot about the caliber of individuals who watch.

    August 12, 2014 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  23. tonedeaf 1

    Personal remarks are never in good taste.

    August 12, 2014 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  24. LastoftheZucchiniFlowers

    barbara bush was so slim!

    August 12, 2014 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  25. Matame

    How utterly revolting of them.

    August 12, 2014 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
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