Marissa Jaret Winokur — the full-figured Broadway star-turned-Dancing With The Stars contestant — was fired as host of Oxygen’s popular weight-loss show Dance Your Ass Off because she was “too fat,” a new report claims.
Marissa won a Tony Award for her portrayal of Tracy Turnbland in Broadway’s Hairspray, but she didn’t score any points with Dance bosses. The actress was replaced on the program earlier this month by the former Spice Girl Melanie Brown. At the time, series producers said Mel B was a “better fit” for the show’s audience and said “after talking to the audience that there was a portion … who loved her and a portion who didn’t connect with her.”
But Us Weekly has a different story; spywitnesses tell the tab Marissa was let go because she’s too curvy to host a weight loss program. (So Oxygen thinks contestants will have an easier time connecting with a skinny chick?)
“The producers were constantly on her to lose weight,” a tipster divulged. “She was asked to wear suits to cover her arms and legs. She was fired for being fat.”