A little chicken separated Dax Shepard from accepting PETA's Sexiest Vegetarian title Thursday.
The pro-animal rights organization named Shepard and his fiancé, Kristen Bell, this year's sexiest celebrity vegetarians. The honor would've marked the first time the award was given to a couple. Previous recipients of the Sexiest Vegetarian title include Woody Harrelson and Jessica Chastain in 2012 and Russell Brand and Kristen Wiig in 2011.
"Fads are a dime a dozen among red-carpet regulars, but there's one Tinseltown trend that won't be fading away anytime soon: going vegetarian or vegan!" PETA posted on their website. "Whether it's to improve their health, preserve the environment, or help stop cruelty to animals, Hollywood hotties are proving that meatless meals have never looked (or tasted!) so good."
That's all well and good, but Shepard eats chicken. Awkward…
The "Parenthood" star was honest and declined the title, tweeting, "I'm really flattered to be named 'Sexiest Vegetarian' with @IMKristenBell, but sadly I can't accept in good conscience because I eat chicken."
Wisely, PETA wasn't all, "What the cluck?!" and took the revelation in stride, proud to at least have the bride-to-be as their reigning queen.
"We're delighted to recognize Kristen Bell as our Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity," the animal rights group said in a statement. "She sets a wonderful example of kindness to animals and healthy living to her countless fans, including Dax! We love Dax, and we're glad to read that he's aspiring to be more like Kristen. We are here to help with recipes and our vegetarian starter kit, and we'll be sending the couple a delicious gift basket of Beyond Meat and Gardein veggie chicken products."
The star couple also made news this week for their reactions to the DOMA decision. Bell and Shepard have been engaged since 2009, but never tied the knot because they didn’t feel right getting hitched when others were denied that right. However, after DOMA was struck down on Wednesday, Bell tweeted at her fiancée, "@daxshepard1 will you marry me? Xo #marriageequality #loveislove."
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