Receiving nasty comments about your appearance is a common but unfortunate part of being a celebrity.
But when her fans stepped out of line, one Fox News host had a perfect response that instantly shut down her critics.
If you watch the news network's morning show Fox and Friends, you'll recognize senior meteorologist Janice Dean, who goes by the nickname "The Weather Machine." While she's known for reporting on the weather, a commenter on the host's Facebook page seemed more interested in her fashion choices.
In a comment on a throwback photo of Dean, a woman named JoAnn had this to say about her on-screen look:
“Dear Janice, please stop allowing [Fox] to dress you in those short skirts. They are not flattering on you. Your (sic) an attractive lady, love the 80's hair, but your legs are distracting every time you walk on screen.”
Dean's fans rightfully called out JoAnn, but she just had even more to say about Dean and her legs:
“They are dressing her in mini skirts that make her legs and knees look huge. She is older, and different body type than most of the woman on the show. I'm not a public figure that has a public website for viewers to leave their thoughts and opinions. That is Janice's job, and her business website. I didn't seek her out at home and give an unsolicited opinion. If you think it is flattering to her than give her your opinion.”
Needless to say the meteorologist was not impressed, and her flawless response to these rude comments is going viral.
Dean shared her own thoughts about JoAnn's comments on social media, and surprised many of her long-time fans in the process:
Fox doesn't dress me. I dress myself. I'm sorry if you don't like my legs. I'm grateful I have them to walk with. You're right. I don't look like the typical person on TV, and I'm proud to be a size 10. Imagine that! You can always turn the channel if you're offended by my huge legs. Hope you don't mind. I may share your post with everyone on my FB page. All the best, Janice.”
When Dean said she was "grateful" for her legs, she was referring to her Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis. MS is a painful and debilitating nerve condition, and while the disease is unpredictable, many MS patients use a wheelchair or crutches to get around.
While Dean brushed the nasty comments off, they really hurt her closest friends, who have seen the effects of MS on her body.
"My first MS nurse, Jen, who has since become a good friend, made me cry because she wrote this on my page," the host wrote.
"'Dear Janice, I LOVE those strong legs. I LOVE that you stand tall, walk, run, squat, lunge, skip, jump and hop on those legs. You are blessed and a blessing to have STRONG legs!!! Wear skirts proudly and show your STRONG legs!!! Love you my angel.'"
And Dean is obviously taking her friend's advice to heart. The TV host admits that her legs were always a "sore spot" for her, until now.
"Because with MS, I could lose my ability to walk literally any day. So I’ve learned to be proud of my legs, and am grateful for them every day of my life."
What a great response! If you don't have something nice to say...