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Melissa McCarthy is opening up about a time she was shamed over her weight in an interview.
In an interview with InStyle Wednesday, the actress recalled when she was promoting “Bridesmaids” and a male interviewer quizzed her about her size.
“He kept asking, ‘Are you shocked that you actually work in this business at your tremendous size?’ ” she said. “He was like, ‘Oh, your tremendous size, you can actually work?’ I just remember all the blood drained out of me. I thought, ‘With my tremendous size, I could tackle you so quickly.'”
She continued, “He went back to that question three or four times, and I just kept talking about the script or how fun Paul Feig was. He was looking around like, ‘She’s crazy.’ When we left, their producer was horrified and said, ‘We’ll never play what he said. I’m so sorry.’ “
Though McCarthy does not identify the interviewer, she does give a clue, adding he “later lost his job for a conversation he had on a bus with someone else.”
This detail had many people on social media speculating she was referring to Billy Bush, who lost his job after a shocking tape leaked of a years-old conversation he had with Donald Trump about women.
“It’s Billy Bush. She’s talking about Billy Bush,” one Twitter user wrote.
USA TODAY has reached out to Bush’s representatives for comment.
McCarthy also said women are questioned about their physical appearance more than men.
“But it happens all the time, to the point where it’s fascinating because they don’t do it to men,” she said. “Not to be a jerk or single him out, but when John Goodman was heavier, did anybody ever talk about his girth?”
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