The heat has been turned up on a certain critic to apologize, but he isn't backing down from comments he made about actress Melissa McCarthy.

In his review of Identity Thief earlier this year, New York Observer film critic Rex Reed referred to Melissa  whose film The Heat opens next week  as "tractor-sized," a "female hippo," and a "screeching, humongous creep." What a classy guy.

The comments drew plenty of criticism, but Rex now tells Us Weekly that he refuses to apologize for the offensive remarks.

"As a critic whose opinions are constitutionally protected by law, I stand by all of my original remarks about Melissa McCarthy's obesity, which I consider about as amusing as cancer, and apologize for nothing," Rex says.

"I can only repeat what I have said before  that I do not have, nor have I ever had, anything personal against people who suffer from obesity," Rex claims. 

"What I object to is the disgusting attempt to pretend obesity is funny," he adds. "It is not remotely humorous, and every obese comedian who ever made jokes about the disease are now dead from strokes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes."

We must say, we wish Rex would just admit that he went too far and apologize.

For her part, the Mike & Molly star remains surprisingly magnanimous about the whole incident.

"I felt really bad for someone who is swimming in so much hate," Melissa has said about the review. "I just thought, that's someone who's in a really bad spot, and I am in such a happy spot."

Is Melissa the best or what? 

Source: Us Weekly