Actress Valerie Bertinelli spoke openly about her recent weight gain on Wednesday’s episode of The Talk.
It’s not the first time Bertinelli has been in the spotlight for her weight. A few years ago, her 40-pound weight loss was widely publicized when she signed on as a spokesperson for weight loss big name Jenny Craig. In 2009 she posed for the cover of People wearing a tiny green bikini just before her 49th birthday.
When Bertinelli sat down with The Talk hosts Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler, Sheryl Underwood, and Carnie Wilson on Wednesday, she talked about recent photos from the set of her TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland.
Bertinelli admitted she’s gained weight in recent months. She broke her foot in December and had to forgo the gym on doctor’s orders.
She said that at one point she started to feel panicked about the weight gain:
“Why do I feel so much shame? Because the cameras are on me, because the paparazzi can’t wait to get a few pictures of me looking like I’ve gained a few pounds.”
— Valerie Bertinelli (@Wolfiesmom) April 4, 2014
Bertinelli said she finally has her doctor’s permission to return to the gym and she’s “ready to go.”
But she’s speaking out against what she sees as a cultural tendency to focus unnecessary attention on a woman’s weight.
“We have to take the shame out of it,” Bertinelli told The Talk hosts. “We all need to give each other a break. Especially women. Let’s leave each other alone.”
— Valerie Bertinelli (@Wolfiesmom) March 27, 2014
Bertinelli became a household name when she starred as Barbara Cooper on One Day at a Time from 1975 to 1984.
In 1981, she married rocker Eddie Van Halen. The couple divorced in 2007. They are the parents of 23-year-old Wolfgang Van Halen. Bertinelli married Tom Vitale in 2011.
— #HotinCleveland (@hotnclevelandtv) April 4, 2014
Hot in Cleveland in which Bertinelli stars alongside Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick, and Betty White, premiered on TV Land in 2010. In March 2013 it was renewed for a 24-episode fifth season, which premiered on March 26.
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