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Critic of 'Obese' Anchor Stands By His Words

Kenneth Krause, an occasional viewer of WKBT La Crosse, sparked a firestorm when he sent an email to the station, criticizing veteran morning anchor Jennifer Livingston for
being a poor role model because she is overweight. After Livingston's husband,
fellow WKBT anchor Mike Thompson, posted the email on his Facebook page Sept.
28, Livingston was overwhelmed by the public's support.

"She's lovely, smart, articulate," posted one
Judith Gervais. "Shame on you Mr. Krause. Shame."

Livingston addressed Krause's letter, which read in part,
"Surely you don't consider yourself a suitable example for this
community's young people, girls in particular," on air Oct. 2 in an
emotional 4-minute segment.

Krause was invited to appear on WKBT, but declined. He
issued a statement instead.

"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 children by transforming herself for
all of her viewers to see over the next year, and, to that end, I would be
absolutely pleased to offer Jennifer any advice or support she would be willing
to accept," he said. 

Livingston made the rounds of the networks' morning news
shows Oct. 3.

Michael Malone
Michael Malone

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.