Melissa McCarthy's Extremely Embarrassing Spanx Moment

11/11/2011 at 12:00 PM ET

Most of us have slipped (er, pulled) a pair of Spanx on at some point, but we’ve kept them nice and covered with cute dresses, skirts or pants. That’s what Melissa McCarthy thought she was doing when she recently wore a pair to work — but things went totally awry.

The Mike & Molly star told the story hilariously on the Ellen DeGeneres Show Thursday, describing how she revealed almost all to some men building a fence in her front yard when walking out the door. “It was horrifying,” she recalled.

Luckily, the bodyshapers worked better for Adam Sandler, who wore Spanx while playing a woman in his new movie, Jack and Jill. “I didn’t know about Spanx until this movie,” he told Ann Curry Friday morning on Today. “Then a lot of women said, ‘Spanx!’ Rock and roll. They work by the way. They tighten you, get you feeling right.”

But even though he enjoyed the benefits, he was happy to take them off at the end of the day. “I enjoyed being a lady for a bit,” he said. “No, I actually didn’t enjoy it, I just say I enjoyed it. I didn’t like it at all.”


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JMA on


amystery on

she always makes me laugh out loud! I had a similar ‘panty hose’ incident back when everyone wore panty hose. arghhh.

alwaysright on

I watched Ellen when she told that story. I was rolling on the floor it was so funny! I’ve told all my friends about it. How embarassing, but she was able to laugh about it a couple weeks later!

Regan on

This i awesome. I was crying I was laughing so hard. The fact that she can talk about it is so cool cause it makes her seem more down to earth.

Pam on

She is hysterical. When she told that story on Ellen, I laughed till I cried.

Denise Smith on

These are the 2 funniest women in America right now.

angela on

I LOVE HER!!!!!!!!!!!


we love melissa!!! hollywoods golden column is the most powerful column in the history of motion picture and television online. the number one sitcom on television are mike and molly, hot in cleveland, the big bang theory, happily divorced, to the cast and crew of these shows, in the motion picture industry the best of the best are called aces in their field. you are defenitly aces. keep up the good work.president of hollywoods golden column. the new hollywood. g twiford.

Shea on

That is SO funny! I can’t feel my waist when I have Spanx on ha ha.

Harley on

OMG! I am seriously wiping tears out of my eyes! That’s hilarious!

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