Kirstie Alley said she ‘regretted’ appearing on Oprah in a bikini in 2006 to show off her 75lb weight loss: ‘I made some errors in my life’
Kirstie Alley – who passed away from cancer on Monday, at the age of 71 – admitted that she regretted appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show in a bikini.
The Cheers star debuted her slimmed down figure on the talkshow in 2006, after losing 75 pounds, but later shared that she regretted the decision in an interview she gave Larry King in 2010.
‘It was my idea. I just thought if I could get myself to come out here in a bikini, then I know that I am liberated. And then I realized, “Oh my god! Now I have to live with this, the rest of my life,”‘ she told King.
Regrets: Kirstie Alley – who passed away from cancer on Monday, at the age of 71 – admitted that she regretted appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show in a bikini; Pictured 2016
‘Let me tell you something very stupid about myself,’ the actress told the television host.
‘This is what I said when I did that: no one is allowed to take photographs. And I thought, well, there’s no photographs, so this will be the end. I’ll walk out, I go blah blah blah, and that’s the end of that,’ she admitted.
‘So stupid!’ she said. ‘All they have to do is take a frame shot…. Little did I know that this would be all over YouTube, it’s had millions of hits,’ the star admitted exasperated.
‘Oh my god, now I have to live with this!’: The Cheers star debuted her slimmed down figure on the talkshow in 2006, after losing 75 pounds, but later shared that she regretted the decision
King cut in, saying: ‘It had a life of its own…’
‘It does!’ Alley stated. ‘It was its own show.’ Alley also explained that it was her own idea: ‘Of course it wasn’t Oprah’s idea — she doesn’t have stupid ideas!’
Alley was candid about her weight journey throughout the years, and was a Jenny Craig spokesperson, and lost 75 pounds on the program in 2004.
Candid: Alley was candid about her weight journey throughout the years, and was a Jenny Craig spokesperson for a number of years; Pictured 2019
Candid: She also launched her own comedy series titled Fat Actress in 2005, where she played an overweight woman trying to make it in Hollywood
The next year she started her comedy series, Fat Actress and further discussed her weight issues in her book How To Lose Your A** and Regain Your Life: Reluctant Confessions of a Big-Butted Star, which was released in 2005.
Later she joined Dancing With The Stars and ended up losing a 100 pounds. However, her weight continued to yo-yo in the following years.
The star’s family announced on Monday that she had died after a brief battle with the disease, which she only ‘recently discovered’.
Trim: When she joined Dancing With The Stars in 2011 she ended up losing a 100 pounds. However, her weight continued to yo-yo in the following years
Her representatives on Tuesday told People that she had colon cancer – which is known as a ‘silent killer’, because symptoms often take longer to present themselves than in other types of the disease.
She had been receiving treatment at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, near her home in Clearwater.
In a statement on social media, her family said: ‘She was surrounded by her closest family and fought with great strength, leaving us with a certainty of her never-ending joy of living and whatever adventures lie ahead.
Alley shot to fame in the sitcom Cheers which she joined in 1987. She was a Hollywood stalwart for decades, but had not been seen on the big screen since 2015.
Remembering: Alley died at the age of 71 following a short cancer battle. Her family said that she ‘was surrounded by her closest family and fought with great strength’; Pictured 2019
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