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.

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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." (Read more Ron Livingston stories.)

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