International comedienne Dame Edna announced from Sydney, Australia today (April 23rd) that she and “manager” Barry Humphries (Humphries actually plays Edna, but is referred to in another capacity).
“Possums, Barry and I both appreciate the influence we have over our adoring public. Just like the Beckhams, people follow and copy our every move. And lately, well let’s be brutally honest, we’ve let ourselves go and haven’t been good role models,” Edna said in a statement, according to Australia’s The Age.
“I have a wardrobe full of breathtaking gowns but I have to hold my breath to wear them … only three gowns fit me these days. When I’m on stage, I have to suck in my tummy because I fear my dress will burst at the seams. Just like my dear friend Mel B, I too can’t wait to get my pre-baby body back! While that was many years ago, the outcome will be the same with Jenny’s help! I’ve always had a nice little double chin but recently it’s turned into a quadruple chin. I want to live a long time and I am ready for Jenny,” Edna said.
Humphries, who pledged to lose about 30 pounds with Dame Edna on their Jenny diet, noted that the press hasn’t been too kind to Australia’s fair lady. ”We were in London recently and Edna’s looks were savaged by one critic in particular who described her as rather tubby,” he wrote. Well, that was a wake-up call for both of us, especially with our so-called farewell tour, Eat, Pray, Laugh, about to start in June.”