Fonda Blames TV Bosses For Axing Slot Over Politics

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July 17, 2011 | 8:40pm EST

Jane Fonda has accused bosses at TV network QVC of cancelling her appearance after viewers threatened to boycott the show.
The Oscar winner was due to promote her upcoming book Prime Time on the home shopping channel on Saturday but the segment was called off at the last minute.

In a post on her website, Fonda claims QVC executives were inundated with calls about her anti-war activism in the 1960s and 1970s, prompting them to axe her program.

She writes, “The network said they got a lot of calls yesterday criticizing (sic) 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.”

The Barbarella star goes on to defend her Vietnam War stance and declare her love for the U.S.

She adds, “I have never done anything to hurt my country or the men and women who have fought and continue to fight for us. I do not understand what the far right stands to gain by continuing with these myths.”

A spokesperson for QVC insists Fonda was cancelled due to a “programming change”, adding: “It’s not unusual to have a schedule change with our shows and guests with little or no notice.”