Melissa McCarthy: Um, I Picked Elle Coat

She's not fazed by hoopla over cover, but does want the coat

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 22, 2013 8:32 AM CDT | Updated Oct 22, 2013 10:49 AM CDT

(Newser) – One person who is not at all upset by the huge coat Melissa McCarthy was draped in on Elle's November cover: Melissa McCarthy. "What I found so bizarre" about all the hoopla, McCarthy tells E!, "is I picked the coat. I grabbed the coat. I covered up. I had a great black dress on but I thought, it comes out in November. I was so sick of summer. I live in Southern California. I was like, 'Give me a big coat to wear. Give the girl some cashmere!'"

In fact, Elle thought the dress she was wearing was "really great," McCarthy says, but she continued to push the coat. "I was just shocked I didn't steal it," she says. But after the brouhaha, "Now I think I really should have the coat. I'm petitioning for that coat. Give me that coat. I earned it, damn it!" The magazine had already defended the cover, and insisted McCarthy "loved" the look.

Melissa McCarthy arrives before the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
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