What is Mary-Kate, Ashley Olsen's net worth? Oprah Winfrey slammed for asking twins their size in 2004 interview
During the twins' appearance on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’, they were asked about an eating disorder which led the ‘Full House’ star Mary-Kate to check into rehab to undergo treatment
Oprah Winfrey is being criticized online after a 2004 interview resurfaced on TikTok in which she asked Ashley Olsen and her twin sister Mary-Kate Olsen about the size of their clothes. At the time of the interview, several reports suggested how Mary-Kate was suffering from an eating disorder, which also led the ‘Full House’ star to check into rehab to undergo treatment.
During Ashley and Mary-Kate’s appearance on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’, they were asked about the eating disorder rumors. Winfrey talked about such reports to the twins and said, “I know a new rumors [that’s] recently surfaced has really upset you, right? You know, the one about eating.”
Ashley responds to Winfrey’s question by saying that they try not to read what people say about them because “either you’re too fat, too skinny and people are just gonna write what they...” Ashley was cut short by Winfrey, who asked her, “What size are you, by the way?” leaving The Olsen Twins looking uncomfortable. Check out the full interview below:
The twins insisted back then that they are both short and “petite”, for which Winfrey sarcastically responds by saying, “Oh, that’s so interesting. That is so interesting, I’m obsessed with size, and you’re like, ‘I really don’t know.’”
The video clip was shared on TikTok, where viewers slammed Winfrey’s remarks. One comment read, “Ashley answering for MK because she knew she uncomfortable.” While another pointed out on TikTok, “I know we’re living in different times, but how did you think that was okay!?!”
Who are Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen?
Ashley is an acclaimed fashion designer, a businesswoman who began her acting career with her twin sister Mary-Kate Olsen when she was only nine months old. The duo became a household name after starring in the ‘Full House’. After starring in projects like ‘Our Lips Are Sealed’, ‘Winning London’, ‘Holiday in Sun’, and ’Minute’, the twin sisters indicated their interest to retire as actresses in order to dedicate more hours to their work in the fashion industry.
It was announced in 2015 that Ashley and Mary-Kate would reprise their roles in ‘Fuller House’ -- a Netflix spin-off to the original ‘Full House’ show. However, the twins declined to join the cast, with Ashley saying that she would feel uncomfortable facing the camera after a 12-year long break from acting, and Mary-Kate responded by saying that the timing was bad.
Together, the Olsen Twins have four Young Artists Awards, two Kids Choices Awards and earned their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2004.
Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen’s net worth
After the twin sisters started to star in ‘Full House’, they reportedly made around $80,000 per episode. Through their own company, Dualstar, they released several direct-to-video full-length films and musical series like ‘You’re Invited to Mary-Kate’ and ‘Ashley’s’. In 2007, Forbes named Mary-Kate and Ashley the richest women in Hollywood. At that time, the twins had an estimated joint net worth of $100 million and had even sold $1 billion worth of products annually through Dualstar.
As of 2021, the Olsen Twins have a combined net worth of $500 million and remain two of the richest women in the entertainment industry even though they have not had any major acting roles in any films or television shows in more than 20 years.