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Kirstie Alley Starts a Feud With Olympic Curlers by Calling Their Sport ‘Boring’

Kirstie Alley on day 3 of Creation Entertainment’s ‘Star Trek’ 50th Anniversary Convention at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on August 5, 2016. Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images

There’s one sport that may make Kirstie Alley reach for the remote during the 2018 Winter Olympics. The Golden Globe winner, 67, wrote in a since-deleted tweet on Monday, February 19, that she thinks “curling is boring,” but insisted that she was “not trying to be mean.”

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U.S. Men’s Curling coach Phill Drobnick and players Joe Polo, John Landsteiner, Tyler George and John Shuster attend a press conference during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, on February 11, 2018. Ker Robertson/Getty Images

Not long after, Alley found herself trading light-hearted insults with members of the U.S. men’s Olympic curling team. “We’re not trying to be mean either but your movies weren’t exactly riveting theater Kirstie,” the athletes tweeted from their Team Shuster account, which is named after captain John Shuster.

Curler Matt Hamilton later wrote on his personal account, “You’re entitled to your wrong opinion,” to which the Drop Dead Gorgeous actress responded with three laughing emojis.

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The feud ended quickly, though. After Alley’s Twitter followers encouraged her to give the sport another shot, she tweeted, “Ok I’m gonna give it another chance! My son loves watching Curling! He doesn’t love figure skating which I do so we can make each other give 2nd chances today!!”

Team Shuster then extended an olive branch and invited the Cheers alum and her son, William Stevenson, 25, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. “Awww @kirstiealley, we knew you’d come around! Allow us or our good friends at @HollywoodCurl to show you and your son the ropes sometime,” the athletes tweeted on Tuesday, February 20. “In the meantime, let us outfit you both with a @usacurl shirt. #TeamKirstie #TeamShuster #TeamUSA #curling.”

She responded, “I’m in!!!”

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The U.S. men’s curling team defeated Canada in a 5-3 victory on Thursday, February 22, to advance to its first-ever gold medal game. Next, Team Shuster will face off against Sweden on Saturday, February 24.

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