Ricki Lake on Joy Behar

by Leighann on January 6, 2011

The most recent brouhaha in the Diabetes Online Community is Ricki Lake’s slip of the tongue on Good Morning America in which she accidentally said that juvenile (Type 1) diabetes can be prevented. I believe she meant to say Type 2. Read my thoughts yesterday, watch the video clip from GMA, and see her tweets: Oh, Ricki.

Here is a portion of the transcript from Ricki Lake’s appearance on Joy Behar on January 5, 2011. It seems that Ricki tries to make a correction and apology, but Behar cuts her off. I did not actually see the show mainly because I didn’t realize it was on CNN and didn’t set my DVR.

(From CNN, please visit their website for the entire transcript.)

LAKE: Speaking of learning, can I also say I was on GMA this morning and I want to apologize —

BEHAR: Oh, yes.

LAKE: Because, you know, though I`m not a doctor or claim to be any sort of expert, I`m an advocate with this program, AllStride. And I put my own money into this business. At that, I`m hoping we`ll actually make great changes in the situation with, you know, childhood obesity, but I did misstep when I said about juvenile diabetes being type I juvenile diabetes is being preventable. And it`s not the case. It`s type II.


LAKE: And so, you know, I got — you know, it was a great interview, and I was really happy with it. But, you know, we`ve been getting all this feedback, and I really want to apologize to the community and clarify that juvenile diabetes is not a preventable disease.

BEHAR: OK. You made a mistake. You`re not Charles Manson, Ricki. Relax.

LAKE: I`m not. I`m not. And I`m not your father eating the mozzarella off your plate.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Michael Hoskins January 6, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Personally, I thought she did a great job on apologizing and I thought it was pretty funny when Joy Behar responded with the Manson-calm down comment. I’d heard that GMA was supposed to do something on air today, but didn’t catch it or see anything today on that. Anyhow, unfortunate slip of the tongue but thought she handled it well.


2 Wendy January 6, 2011 at 2:47 pm

I think Team Ricki did a great job recovering.

Sadly I feel like GMA dropped the ball on this one. I spoke with Ricki’s “people” yesterday (Mr. Bill Harrison) and he specifically told me that GMA would handle a correction on air. When they didn’t, I was left feeling as though the Ricki people were expecting it as much as we were.

Tsk Tsk…GMA…Tsk Tsk!


3 Jenny January 6, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Good on her, a few celebs in the past have said incorrect things about diabetes and not had the decency to even acknowledge their mistake, let alone issue a speedy apology. Sherri Shepard of the view said a similar thing a year or two back and gave no response or reason. And Hallie Berry has yet to explain how a type 1 diabetic weans themselves off insulin (I really don‘t care how many “Carousel of Hope” balls she attends just explaining what the heck she was going on about in that interview would be the best bit of diabetes advocacy she could do).

And since the media has picked up on rising obesity rates in children I’m reading more and more articles that use juvenile diabetes as shorthand for children with type 2 diabetes. I read and commented on an article on the LA Times website http://www.latimes.com/dp-nws-evg-wjcc-chef-demo-20101224,0,3478966.story
a day or two ago that made the same mistake. Drives me mad but other than educate people there’s not a lot you can do.


4 nicole January 6, 2011 at 4:15 pm

I did really like Ricki’s apology. She did what she said she was going to do and I think that she meant it!!

and to Jenny WHAT is going on here? this is the 3 time in a week that someone referred to type 2 as juvenile diabetes which we all know it is not!


5 kim witte January 7, 2011 at 8:58 am

Let’s launch a campaign to rename the disease. Type 1 has NOTHING to do with Type 2 and I am sick and tired of trying to explain that. I saw an ad for “DIABETIC COOKIES” yesterday and it got me going…..


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