Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting joked about her recent anti-feminism comments at Wednesday’s People’s Choice Awards, calling her appearance at the prizegiving part of her “apology tour”.
The Big Bang Theory star hit headlines after telling Redbook magazine she does not identify with feminists demanding equal rights because she has never faced inequality, adding that she likes to cook and “serve” her husband Ryan Sweeting.
Her comments caused an uproar among women’s rights campaigners and Cuoco-Sweeting took to her Instagram account last week to apologize, suggesting the remarks attributed to her were not accurately represented.
She wrote, “I apologize if anyone was offended. Anyone that truly knows me, knows my heart and knows what I meant.” (Here’s a thought…if you’re doing an interview with someone who doesn’t know you, for fans that don’t know you, you should probably just say exactly what you feel.)
During the awards show on Wednesday, the actress attempted to make light of the controversy as she presented the Favorite Comedic Movie Actress prize with her The Wedding Ringer co-stars Josh Gad and Kevin Hart.
During their introduction, Gad said, “Kaley, are you sure you want to do that category given your anti-feminism stance?” and Cuoco-Sweeting responded, “Guys, I have to, it’s part of my apology tour.”
Later in the night, the blonde beauty was feted with the Favorite Comedic TV Actress prize, but forgot to thank her husband, tennis pro Sweeting, during her acceptance speech.
In an attempt to make up for her omission, she asked her The Big Bang Theory co-star and ex-boyfriend Johnny Galecki to thank Sweeting on her behalf as he accepted their prize for Favorite TV Show.
Galecki joked, “Ryan, thank you. You are my heart. And I can’t imagine where I’d be without you.”