Meghan Markle’s BFF has her reality TV-show cancelled. She is fired as a bridal marketing specialist after ‘threatening’ a black social media influencer in a row over white privilege.
Jessica Mulroney admits last night saying ‘I was wrong’. This comes after her clash with lifestyle blogger, Sasha Exeter, in the wake of the George Floyd protests.
Sasha says Jessica took offence to a ‘generic call of action’ that she posted on her Instagram story. She published it weeks ago and since then, they are arguing.
The entire dispute is unclear. It is not definite what was said and where was it said. But eventually, it led to Jessica threatening Sasha that she will contact the companies she’s worked with.
Jessica Mulnorey publicly apologizes on one of Sasha’s Instagram posts. Although Sasha claims she privately sent her a message which read, “Liable suit. Good luck.”
Since then, Jessica, who is also Meghan Markle’s best friend, was fired from CTV. It airs on the wedding show ‘I Do, Red’.
‘Recent conduct by one of our shows’ hosts, Jessica Mulroney, conflicts with our commitment to diversity and equality,’ the network said in a statement.
Last night, Jessica took to Instagram to apologize publicly. She says that she took ‘personally’ something she shouldn’t have.
‘I did not intend in any way to jeopardize her livelihood. We had a disagreement and it got out of hand. For that I am sorry,’ she said.
‘The events that have transpired over the last few days have made it clear that I have work to do. I realize more than ever how being a white, privileged woman has put me far ahead of so many, and in particular those in the Black community. And while I can’t change the past, I can do my part to do better in the future.
‘I respect the decision of CTV and have decided to step away from my professional engagements at this time. I’m going to take this time to reflect, learn and focus on my family.
‘I also want to take a moment to clarify that I have no intention of pursuing any legal action. I was wrong, and for that I am truly sorry.
‘I remain more committed than ever to support anti-racism efforts and will do everything in my power to right this wrong.’
‘Let’s unlearn lashing out at Black women’- Moore
Tracy Moore, Jessica’s friend and TV presenter, says Jessica has used her extreme white privilege to bury a black sister. ‘I am a friend. I am also a Black woman. The emotional labour often falls on our backs to speak up, push through and fight hard,’ Moore said.
‘Let’s unlearn lashing out at Black women as a legitimate response to feeling called out.’
The cancellation of Jessica Mulroney’s show by CTV, was by confirming it on social media, on Thursday.
CTV also further says, ‘Bell Media and CTV encourages our entire team including on-air talent to practice respect, inclusivity and allyship as we pledge to work better and more openly to listen to and amplify black voices, and not minimize them,’ the statement began.
‘Because recent conduct by one of our shows hosts, Jessica Mulroney, conflicts with our commitment to diversity and equality, CTV has removed ‘I DO REDO’ from all Bell Media channels and platforms effective immediately.’
Hours later, Hudson’s Bay, a Canadian department store, also made a statement saying, ‘in light of recent events’ they too would be distancing themselves from Mulroney. Firing her as their fashion and bridal specialist.
‘Over the past week Hudson’s Bay has committed to doing better,’ the statement read. ‘As we move forward, our leadership associates and ambassadors must reflect our brand inclusivity, equality and respect for all. We will not tolerate anything less.’
Toronto-based influencer, Sasha Exeter, posting an emotional video on Thursday claimed; Jessica had threatened her during an argument about ‘speaking up’ against racism that had left her ‘paralyzed in fear’.
The influencer claims the exchange resulted in Mulroney saying: ‘You think your voice matters. Well it only matters if you express it with kindness and without shaming people who are simply trying to learn. Good luck.’
Sharing the video with her 58,000 followers, she explained:
‘Very early on in this, I was very vocal about wanting my peers with an online presence to speak up, stand up and use their voice for good to help combat what’s going on with this race war.’
Jessica previously slammed racists for Meghan
‘I’m by no means calling Jess a racist, but she is very well aware of her wealth, her perceived power and privilege because of the colour of her skin.
‘And that my friends, gave her the momentary confidence to come for my livelihood in writing. Textbook white privilege really.’
The influencer accused Mulroney of ‘never wanting to stand up and use her voice in the first place’ and ‘not understanding why she needed to’.
The Canadian stylist, Jessica, has previously slammed ‘racist bullies’ when she appeared to reference the trolling that Meghan was suffering.
Mulroney’s reality show, I Do, Redo, premiered on CTV at the end of March. Also released internationally on Netflix.
The series followed Jessica as she helped couples move on from their disastrous weddings by giving them the nuptials they’ve ‘always dreamed of.’
Mulroney also presents a fashion segment for ABC’s Good Morning America. The network has not yet confirmed if it will be taking any disciplinary action against the 40-year-old.
The Duchess of Sussex reacted with shock after hearing of the Canadian stylist’s “tone-deaf” threats to sue black lifestyle blogger Sasha Exeter over an argument about white privilege, and has decided she can “no longer be associated with her”.
“Meghan is absolutely mortified that she’s dragged into this complete mess.
She said Jessica is in no way a racist, but the way she’s handled the situation was tone-deaf and heartbreaking,” a friend of Meghan’s told the Daily Mail.
“Meghan said friends reflect friends and because of what’s at stake she can no longer be associated with Jessica, at least not in public. She has to do what she has to do in order to preserve her dignity and her own reputation.”