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Disney has a history of firing or parting with stars because of their cultural or political views.
From Gina Carano, who was fired from ‘The Mandalorian’, to Chris Harrison, who left ‘The Bachelor’, Disney seems to be swayed by public opinion when it comes to deciding who is associated with the company. .
Here are stars who have been lambasted by the company for their cultural or political views:
Gina Carano has been fired by Disney and LucasFilms from ‘The Mandalorian’ after receiving backlash online over controversial tweets. The straw that broke the camel’s back came when Carano compared the current divide in American politics to Nazi Germany.
However, the actress did not apologize for her tweets. Instead, Carano claimed during an interview with Ben Shapiro that she was fired because she “wasn’t following the narrative.”
“They were all over me and they watched me like a hawk,” she said. “And I watch people on the same production, and they can say whatever they want, and that’s where I had a problem. I had a problem because I wasn’t from agreement with the narrative.
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Chris Harrison has been fired as host of ‘The Bachelor’ franchise after receiving backlash over comments he made in defense of a contestant.
Harrison has been accused of defending contestant Rachael Kirkconnell’s past racially insensitive behavior during an interview with Rachel Lindseythe franchise’s first Black Bachelorette.
Kirkconnell was Matt James’ choice at the end of his season. The two briefly separated after the show ended but have since reconciled.
“I wish everyone the best,” Harrison said in 2021 when asked about life after the show.
“I will say it’s quite nice to have, after 19 years, having my Mondays back, including last night,” he added. “In fact, I was able to celebrate my birthday thanks to this beautiful woman [his girlfriend Lauren Zima]. I was with my family and my friends. It was absolutely brilliant.”
James Gunn, writer and director of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” was fired by Disney in 2018 after tweets he wrote between 2008 and 2012 resurfaced. The director had written jokes about sensitive topics, including rape, paedophilia, 9/11 and child abuse.
Gunn publicly apologized for his tweets and was later reinstated by Walt Disney Studios President Alan Horn.
“My remarks almost a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative,” he said in his July 2018 apology. many years since – not only because they were stupid, not at all funny, wildly insensitive and certainly not provocative as I had hoped, but also because they do not reflect the person I am today or for who I have been No matter how much time has passed, I understand and accept the business decisions made today Even these many years later, I take full responsibility for how I behaved at the time.
“All I can do now, beyond offering my heartfelt, heartfelt regrets, is to be the best human being I can be: to accept, to understand, to stand up for equality and more. Thoughtful about my public statements and my obligations to our public discourse. To everyone in my industry and beyond, I again offer my most sincere apologies. Love to all.”
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Jake Paul and Disney reportedly “mutually agreed” to go their separate ways after the YouTuber’s antics on the video-sharing site became too much. Paul and his friends once set fire to furniture in a swimming pool, prompting complaints from neighbors.
“I don’t know if they had someone scan my videos full time, but I guess they did,” Paul told The Hollywood Reporter in 2017. “There were times like that every the few weeks.
“They called me and said, ‘Yo, what’s going on, what’s going on?'” he recalled. “And I just explained the situation, and they were like, ‘OK. We want to speed up this weaning process from the show.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s good. But it looks like you fired me.’ And they were like, ‘We can say we broke up with each other and blah, blah, blah.’ And that’s the reality of the story.”
PewDiePie, formerly known as Felix Kjellberg
PewDiePie, a gamer YouTuber, was fired from Disney subsidiary Maker Studios in 2017 after posting several anti-Semitic videos on the sharing site.
“While Felix created a sequel by being provocative and irreverent, he clearly went too far in this instance, and the resulting videos are inappropriate,” a Maker Studios spokeswoman said in a statement at the time. . “Maker Studios has made the decision to terminate our affiliation with them in the future.”
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Disney fired Roseanne Barr after she shared an insensitive tweet in 2018.
Two months after her show returned to screens after a two-decade hiatus, Barr found herself at the center of a social media controversy for a tweet about Valarie Jarrett, a former aide to President Barack Obama.
Barr tweeted, “The Muslim Brotherhood and the Planet of the Apes had a baby = vj.”
The show was canceled and Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger accepted the decision.
“You can’t debate what’s morally right,” Iger said at the time.
Fox News’ Julius Young contributed to this report.