Bullied News Anchor's Brother? Ron Livingston

Brother calls her 'role model;' critic Kenneth Krause responds

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 4, 2012 12:18 PM CDT | Updated Oct 7, 2012 7:54 AM CDT

(Newser) – Jennifer Livingston, the Wisconsin news anchor who responded on-air to a viewer who criticized her weight, has a Hollywood actor in her corner: Her brother, Office Space and Sex and the City star Ron Livingston. Ron has issued a statement in support of his sister, Radar reports, noting that she "brings an exceptional dedication to her job, her family, and her community, and has been a role model of mine for many, many years." Later on Soledad O'Brien's show, Jennifer Livingston talked about her decision to air her response, Mediaite reports. Seems her husband, also a news anchor, first posted the critical email to his Facebook page and responders were supportive of Livingston, so her news director supported the idea of her going on air.

But Kenneth Krause, who originally criticized Jennifer, isn't backing down and instead offered a follow-up statement to WKBT-TV. "Given this country’s present epidemic of obesity and the many truly horrible diseases related thereto, and considering Jennifer Livingston’s fortuitous position in the community, I hope she will finally take advantage of a rare and golden opportunity to influence the health and psychological well-being of Coulee Region by transforming herself for all of her viewers to see over the next year," he said. Jezebel has a picture of Krause, a personal injury lawyer, and notes that he "looks exactly like you'd expect, multiplied by 100."

Ron Livingston, shown in this Oct. 23, 2006 file photo, will star in Neil LaBute's drama "In a Dark Dark House,'' opening June 7 at off-Broadway's Lucille Lortel Theatre.   (AP File Photo/Danny Moloshok)
Ron Livingston, left, and Rosemarie DeWitt attend the world premiere of "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" at The El Capitan Theatre on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012 in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Somaly Mam and Ron Livingston arrive at the Somaly Mam Foundation 2nd Annual Gala "An Evening of Hopes and Dreams" on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Alaric Lambert)
Actors Rosemarie DeWitt and Ron Livingston appear for their new Fox show "Standoff" at the Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif., in this July 24, 2006 file photo.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
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