'Mike & Molly' exclusive: Billy Gardell teases special Thanksgiving episode! (Hint: Think last month's Internet debate)


CBS’ hit comedy Mike & Molly will have the last word on the Marie Claire blog post "Should ‘Fatties’ Get a Room? (Even on TV?). Star Billy Gardell (Mike) told EW exclusively that he’ll make a "tiny nod" to last month’s Internet debate at the end of the Thanksgiving episode planned for Nov. 22.

"It’s a very eloquently put thing that I get to say at the Thanksgiving speech that kind of says everything we feel," said Gardell, who begrudgingly admits that the post generated a lot of awareness for the Monday night comedy. "It did give it a lot of attention, but I rather attention be got by the good work we’re doing. Overwhelmingly, people from the Internet came to our side. And not just to our side but to the side of overweight people, which was nice.

"[Creators] Mark Roberts and Chuck Lorre say there is a certain amount of levity that comes with any kind of flaw you have, whether it’s being overweight or drinking too much or gambling," Gardell added. "Comedy is comedy but when you say you hate someone for how they look, then that changes the atmosphere."

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