Jason Ritter spoke out in defense of his wife, who was body-shamed by online trolls

During his prime, John Ritter was one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood, known for his beloved comedic roles and iconic performances.

Jason Ritter, who bears a striking resemblance to his father, John Ritter, is continuing his father’s legacy.

John Ritter was a household name in the comedy genre, thanks to his memorable roles in popular shows like “Three’s Company” and films like “Problem Child” and “Skin Deep”.

Despite his fame and success, John Ritter remained devoted to his family. He tied the knot with actress Nancy Morgan in 1977 and they had three children – Jason, Carly, and Tyler.

After nearly twenty years of marriage, John Ritter and Nancy Morgan decided to separate and eventually divorce. Despite the end of their marriage, they remained grateful for their time together and the three children they raised.

The Ritter children followed in their parents’ footsteps and pursued careers in Hollywood. Tyler Ritter, for example, appeared in the 2014 sitcom “The McCarthys” and had a role on the CW series “Arrow.”

John Ritter’s daughter Carly is a singer and actress, who gained recognition for her album release in 2013. Meanwhile, Jason Ritter, John’s son, has also made a name for himself in Hollywood, with a successful acting career.

Jason Ritter’s debut on screen was a brief appearance in the opening credits of “Three’s Company,” a show in which his father, John Ritter, starred.

When Jason Ritter was born, his father John Ritter was working on the set of “Hero at Large.” Excited to share his profession with his newborn son, John asked the costume designer to create a replica of his own costume for Jason.

Director Marty Davidson fondly recalled the heartwarming incident, “My wife, Sandy, was costume designer on it … [She] made a tiny little Captain Avenger suit — a small version of what John wore in the movie.” 

When John Ritter appeared on Johnny Carson’s “The Tonight Show” after the incident, he spoke about it and even showed off the matching costumes. He made sure to thank Sandy, the costume designer. According to Davidson, “It was one of the happiest nights of my wife’s life.”

John Ritter was a thoughtful and kind person, and it showed in his actions towards his family and colleagues.

He got divorced from his first wife in 1997, and then tied the knot with actress Amy Yasbeck in 2000.

They welcomed a child named Stella Ritter, but later on, Stella publicly identified as a transgender man and changed their name to Noah Ritter. Noah has a strong bond with their three half-siblings from John’s prior marriage.

However, in 2003, a heartbreaking tragedy occurred. While filming a show, John Ritter passed away at the age of 53 due to an undiagnosed heart condition. His sudden and untimely death was a shock to everyone who knew him and his admirers.

Jason Ritter has followed in his father’s footsteps and taken on roles that would have made his father proud. He has appeared in popular TV shows like “Parenthood,” “Joan of Arcadia,” and “Raising Dion,” which have garnered him widespread recognition.

In 2014, while filming “We’ll Never Have Paris,” he crossed paths with actress Melanie Lynskey, and their initial meeting sparked a romantic connection that quickly blossomed into love. Three years later, they got engaged, and in 2018, they welcomed a baby girl. Finally, in 2020, they sealed their bond with a wedding, and they are currently relishing their joyous union.

Like his father, Jason is also a cherished family man. On Father’s Day, his wife Melanie shared a photo on social media with a caption that read, “This is a belated Father’s Day post to thank [Jason] Thank you for being there for us every day, my love. We are so lucky.”

The couple values simplicity, opting to maintain a low profile and refrain from sharing images of their daughter’s face online.

Their wedding was equally uncomplicated, with the couple exchanging vows on the porch of their rented house.

Although the couple remains tight-lipped about their personal life, they openly discuss their approach to parenting, a philosophy Jason inherited from his father. During an interview, Jason remarked, “[My dad] always made sure we knew we were loved … You can pass all kinds of stuff onto your kids, but the feeling of being loved, unconditionally, is so important.”

According to Jason, when he was a child, he played with his father’s Emmy Award and accidentally broke the tip of its wing. Despite the mishap, his father didn’t get upset. Now, it appears that Jason has adopted his father’s approach and aims to be gentle and composed with his own daughter as well.

Jason’s caring and loving nature extends not only to his daughter but also to his wife, Melanie Lynskey. Despite typically maintaining a low profile regarding his personal life on social media, Jason takes a stand against those who bully Melanie, readily defending her.

In response to online trolling targeted at Melanie’s weight, Jason expressed his support through a tweet. “If anyone has any further unsolicited comments about *anybody* else’s body, they can feel free to write them in permanent ink onto their own foreheads and swan dive directly into the sun.” 

Subsequently, Jason shared a photo of his wife on the red carpet at an award show and captioned it, “I am sorry to do this, and she will be embarrassed that I did this but my GOODNESS, what an absolyute beaut my wife is!!! Ok, I’m sorry, but I mean, LOOK at this human being,” with the picture.

It is evident that Jason regards his wife as stunning, as he openly affirms. He is indeed a devoted husband!

Despite his limited time on earth, John Ritter did an admirable job raising his children, and Jason Ritter appears to be emulating his father’s parenting style.