Jenny McCarthy defends cousin Melissa McCarthy against 'hippo' comment

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Jenny McCarthy is standing up for her family. The cousin of "Identity Thief" star Melissa McCarthy found Rex Reed's review of the movie to be out of line, especially when he called Melissa "tractor-sized" and a "female hippo."

"I don't have the whole story, but, I do know that, after being in this business 20 years, it's really crummy that you get attacked in your personal life in general," McCarthy tells E! Online. "For anyone to attack like that, it's just wrong and hurtful, and it doesn't do anyone any good -- not even Rex Reed, you know? ... She's very very talented and people know that, so...He can go to hell."

"Bridesmaids" director Paul Feig went a less politically correct route when he caught wind of Reed's slight. "For his catty and school bully name-calling of the supremely talented Melissa McCarthy, I cordially invite Mr. Rex Reed to go f**k himself," Feig tweeted.

Reed has finally stood up for himself in the press, telling WOR 710's Mark Simone that he takes issue with people using obesity as "comic talking points." Though he doesn't apologize for the cruel terminology he used, Reed did say obesity is a personal issue for him.

"She is basing her career on being obnoxious and being overweight. And I don't think that's funny," he said. "I have too many friends that have died of obesity-related illnesses, heart problems and diabetes, and I have actually lost friends to this...I don't care how much she weighs. I don't care how much Melissa McCarthy weighs. She wants to be fat? Mark, she's crying all the way to the bank."

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