Exclusive: Kirstie Alley Blasts Abercrombie CEO

By ROBERT PACE

May 14, 2013

UPDATE: Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries issued ET the following statement on his recently resurfaced comments:

"I want to address some of my comments that have been circulating from a 2006 interview. While I believe this 7 year old, resurrected quote has been taken out of context, I sincerely regret that my choice of words was interpreted in a manner that has caused offense.

"A&F is an aspirational brand that, like most specialty apparel brands, targets its marketing at a particular segment of customers. However, we care about the broader communities in which we operate and are strongly committed to diversity and inclusion. We hire good people who share these values.

"We are completely opposed to any discrimination, bullying, derogatory characterizations or other anti-social behavior based on race, gender, body type or other individual characteristics."

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When speaking with ET's Rob Marciano about her health and body image, Alley passionately addressed resurfaced comments of Abercrombie & Fitch's CEO after mentioning her belief that all people should look the way they want to look.

"I just heard [about] this guy from Abercrombie & Fitch today. ...This dude from Abercrombie & Fitch—he's the CEO—what a [expletive]!" Alley said emphatically.

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"He says...Abercrombie clothes are for people that are cool and who look a certain way and are beautiful and who are thin and blah, blah, blah. He goes on and on and on. That would make me never buy anything from Abercrombie even if I was cool and thin. I got two kids in that [age] bracket that will never walk in those doors because of his view of people."

The 62-year-old actress is often lauded for breaking the mold of Hollywood's high standards for body image, and lightheartedly poked fun at her weight in the short-lived 2005 sitcom Fat Actress.

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"If I have something to do with more full-figured women being in [the] mainstream and having their own shows, then I will take total credit for that, but the main point to all of this is that—and it's the reason I did Fat Actress...it was my way to bring myself around to look the way I wanted me to look because...I had thirty years of people telling me how to look."

For more of Rob's interview with Kirstie Alley, tune in to Entertainment Tonight.



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