By Sonya Magett, EnStarz | Oct 05, 2012 03:37 PM EDT
Kenneth Krause, the man who was called a "bully" after he sent a scathing email to a Wisconsin news anchor about her weight, has apologized.
"If she is offended, I truly apologize," Krause told ABC News.
He issued an apology to Jennifer Livingston, a 15-year news veteran who works for "WKBT News 8 This Morning" in LaCrosse, Wis.
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"I never meant to hurt Jennifer. If she is truly hurt, I do apologize for that," he added.
Krause shared he "can empathize" with her weight because he has been "obese as a child. I've been fighting [to stay fit] all my life."
Krause claimed he is "in no position to bully her... she's a big media personality. I'm just a working stiff."
Krause, a security guard, stated that he'd "be absolutely pleased to offer Jennifer any advice or support she would be willing to accept."
It was reported on Oct. 3 that Krause wrote an email to the told the WKBT-TV anchor telling her that her "physical condition hasn't improved for many years," and that she shouldn't consider herself "a suitable example for this community's young people, girls in particular."
Livingston, 37, responded with a four-minute emotional response that aired live on Tuesday, Oct. 2.
"The truth is, I am overweight -- you can call me fat," said Livingston. "And yes, even obese on a doctor's chart. But to the person who wrote me that letter, do you think I don't know that? That your cruel words are pointing out something that I don't see? You don't know me. You are not a friend of mine. You are not a part of my family...you know nothing about me but what you see on the outside, and I am much more than a number on a scale."
After her broadcast Krause reportedly issued a statement to the station.
"Given this country's present epidemic of obesity and the many truly horrible diseases related thereto, and considering Jennifer Livingston's fortuitous position in the community; I hope she will finally take advantage of a rare and golden opportunity...by transforming herself for all of her viewers to see over the next year."
Livingston replied to his follow-up statement Wednesday, Oct. 3 on Good Morning America, "He's trying to shame me into losing weight -- that's not being helpful -- that's being a bully."
Watch the video below where Kenneth Krause apologized to Jennifer Livingston on ABC News.
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