Actress Hilarie Burton says Hallmark fired her over LGBTQ demands

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Actress Hilarie Burton accused Hallmark Channel of not honoring her contract demands for inclusivity.

The 37-year-old television and film star called out the network on Sunday claiming she was “let go” following requests for “a LGBTQ character, an interracial couple and diverse casting” in her contract.

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“I was polite, direct and professional,” Burton claimed in a series of tweets, adding that her requests were refused and she was told, “take it or leave it.”

The wife of “The Walking Dead” star Jeffrey Dean Morgan added that “the bigotry comes from the top and permeates the whole deal over there” at Hallmark and reiterated that she was “loudly cheering for @lifetimetv all year because they heard my concerns + RALLIED!”

Burton’s remarks were posted after Hallmark came under fire for pulling, then reinstating, an advertisement that featured a wedding scene with a same-sex couple kissing.

Conservative group One Million Moms and others targeted the network with complaints for airing the ad, and launched a petition to urge Hallmark to drop LGBTQ content. But the left, with celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres, William Shatner, and comedian Sandra Bernhard bashed the network which was even mocked in a Saturday Night Live skit over the weekend.

“Earlier this week, a decision was made at Crown Media Family Networks to remove commercials featuring a same-sex couple. The Crown Media team has been agonizing over this decision as we’ve seen the hurt it has unintentionally caused,” Hallmark CEO Mike Perry said in a statement on Sunday. “Said simply, they believe this was the wrong decision. Our mission is rooted in helping all people connect, celebrate traditions, and be inspired to capture meaningful moments in their lives. Anything that detracts for this purpose is not who we are. As the CEO of Hallmark, I am sorry for the hurt and disappointment this has caused.”

Meanwhile, Burton noted that her ability to “choose morals over paying bills” in turning down the Hallmark job was a privilege not everyone could afford.

The husband of the “One Tree Hill” star summarily dismissed the Hallmark Channel, and its millions of viewers, in a response to his wife.


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