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'What is wrong with people?': Calgary TV host applauded after shutting down pregnancy rumours on-air

Global News Calgary anchor Leslie Horton garnered praise for her empowering response to a viewer's pregnancy inquiry.

Global News Calgary anchor Leslie Horton called out a viewer's nasty email while live on-air recently. (Photos via @sarantium on TikTok)
Global News Calgary anchor Leslie Horton called out a viewer's nasty email while live on-air recently. (Photos via @sarantium on TikTok)

A Canadian TV host isn't letting a viewer's body shaming get to her.

While recently live on-air, Global News Calgary anchor Leslie Horton addressed a viewer's body shaming and fashion critique in a powerful response, as she also shed light on the importance of respecting people in the media industry.

"I'm just going to respond to an email that I just got saying, 'Congratulations on your pregnancy. If you're going to wear old bus driver pants, you have to expect emails like this,'" Horton read on live TV.

The Vancouver-born journalist responded, saying, "No, I'm not pregnant. I actually lost my uterus to cancer last year, and this is what women of my age look like. So, if it's offensive to you, that is unfortunate. Think about the emails you send."

The emotional moment was shared by a TikTok user earlier this week, capturing Horton's powerful response to the viewer's insensitive email.

"This just makes me so mad. How dare someone reach out and say something so sh—y," the poster captioned their clip.

The TikTok video has garnered more than 420,000 views and accumulated over 50,000 likes. It has also attracted more than 15,000 comments, with numerous social media users expressing admiration for Horton's response.

"I loved her response! Who in their right mind feels they need to criticize like this? Love you, Leslie Horton," one TikTok user wrote.

"What makes people think they can say what they want to just because they're hiding behind a screen!? Leslie handled that like a boss," another person penned in the comments section.

"I have so much respect for her. What is wrong with people? Such a hateful thing to say, type and then actually send," another viewer added.

Horton acknowledged the outpouring of support she received on X — previously known as Twitter — and expressed gratitude for the encouraging messages.

"Thanks for all your kind messages this morning. It took me hours to stop shaking... but I'm shaking it off and setting up for [a] cookie sale tomorrow!" Horton wrote.

Many social media users showed Horton more support on X after she thanked her followers for all of the supportive messages.

Yahoo Canada has reached out to Horton for comment.

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