Kelly Dodd's husband, former Fox News correspondent Rick Leventhal, has deleted a picture of his controversial Halloween costume, one in which he dressed up as Alec Baldwin's character from the movie "Rust."
Less than 24 hours after essentially shrugging off outrage (even by his usual supporters,) Rick now claims he took the photo down "out of respect" for the late Halyna Hutchins' family, as the cinematographer, a mother of a young boy, was fatally shot by Alec while he rehearsed a scene using a prop gun. Police and prosecutors seem to agree that Alec didn't know a live round was in the guns' chamber, but they're trying to determine how live bullets made their way onto the "Rust" movie set.
Kelly, meanwhile, donned a Native American headdress. Like Rick, the former "Real Housewives of Orange County" star posed with a prop gun and even appeared to point the gun at her head in one photo.
"People twisted our outfits and intent in ways neither of us could've imagined and filled our page with hate," Rick told Page Six on Nov. 2. "We took the post down out of respect for the victims' families and only hope the cancel culture won't cancel Halloween next."
Kelly's husband came off a little less sympathetic on Nov. 1, just two days after Halyna was laid to rest.
"In no way was I trying to offend anyone, except Alec Baldwin," the journalist said. "He's a jerk and deserves all the heat he's getting."
He added, "We planned our costumes weeks ago, and I just decided to be [Alec] at the last minute."
After posting a photo of his costume, many of Rick's legitimate fans dubbed the outfit "insensitive," "not funny," "classless," "embarrassing" and more.
"I am a conservative and usually support you and Kelly but this is poor taste… I'm sure you wouldn't be dressing up like that if it were your daughter that had been shot," one person said. Another addd, "I always defend you two, but this is pathetic."