Jennifer Livingston update: Viewer stands by criticism of Wisconsin news anchor

La Crosse, Wis. - The Wisconsin news viewer who sent an email to a news station's anchor criticizing the woman for her weight released a statement Tuesday evening. Earlier Tuesday, the anchor's emotional response became a national story in a matter of hours.

Jennifer Livingston gave an on-air commentary Tuesday morning on WKBT-TV in La Crosse, Wisc., where she and her husband are both anchors. The commentary addressed both the email and the Facebook feedback she received after her husband posted the email to his station Facebook page. She urged those watching to take an opportunity to recognize the problems of bullying.


NBC News identified the viewer who sent the email as Kenneth Krause. Krause sent a statement to the network Tuesday standing by his criticism and offering Livingston "any advice or support she would be willing to accept" as she transforms "herself for all of her viewers to see over the next year."

Livingston did not address Krause's comments Wednesday morning on NBC's "Today" show, but said what has happened in the last day has been overwhelming and inspiring.

"This is beyond what I could have imagined when I went on air yesterday," she told NBC's Savannah Guthrie. "I was hoping to impact the people in our own market, send a message to them."

But instead, the story of what she called an "attack on her appearance" has reached the entire country.

"It was calling me a bad role model that really rubbed me the wrong way," Livingston said Wednesday. "And not only a bad role model for our community, but for young girls in particular."

Livingston, a mother of three, said she believed Krause's concern for obesity is genuine.

"I think it's a good conversation to have," she said. "I think his approach was totally inappropriate."

To see Livingston's entire appearance on "Today," visit

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