New York Observer critic Rex Reed made headlines when he panned "Identity Thief," the new comedy starring Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman. But what earned him so much attention wasn't his poor review (the movie was panned in a lot of places), but in his remarks about McCarthy, calling her a "female hippo" and "tractor-sized."
Now Reed has defended his comments, telling Wor-am New York that the controversy was "what sold tickets," as "Identity Thief's" $36.6 million was the biggest opening so far of 2013.
"I have too many friends that have died of obesity-related illnesses, heart problems and diabetes ... I don't find this to be the subject of a lot of humor," Reed continues.
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