Former fitness guru Jane Fonda has accused QVC of cancelling her appearance on the popular TV shopping channel because of her Vietnam war activism.
In a statement on her website, Fonda wrote that her scheduled Saturday slot to promote her aging-with-spirit book, Prime Time: Making the Most of Your Life, was canceled by QVC after they allegedly received complaints from viewers who were threatening to boycott the show because of Fonda’s Vietnam War protests.
“The network said they got a lot of calls yesterday criticizing me for my opposition to the Vietnam War and threatening to boycott the show if I was allowed to appear. I am, to say the least, deeply disappointed that QVC caved to this kind of insane pressure by some well funded and organized political extremist groups. And that they did it without talking to me first.”
While QVC confirmed canceling Fonda’s appearance on their network, they would not specify a reason for the decision but explained that “scheduling changes” with little to no notice were not unusual for their company.
“I can’t speak to Ms Fonda’s comments, other than to confirm that a change in scheduling resulted in her not appearing today,” a spokesman for the network said. “QVC is live 24 hours a day and welcomes more than 22,000 guests a year. It’s not unusual to have a schedule change with our shows and guests with little or no notice.”
Do you think Jane’s views on the Vietnam War would really impact QVC’s ratings? In your opinion, was QVC warranted in their decision to cancel her appearance?
Hear a Fonda talk about her views of the Vietnam War in the video below: