Hallmark has addressed actress Hilarie Burton’s public comments on the network’s lack of diverse characters in its films.
A rep from Hallmark told Fox News, “Hilarie Burton was not an employee of Crown Media Family Networks.”
The network claims the actress never worked for them after Burton revealed she was fired over her “polite” casting request. Hallmark failed to mention any notes addressing Burton’s request for diversity, after the actress decided she will not work with people (Hallmark) who do not share her values of inclusiveness.
Burton has yet to respond to Fox News or Hallmark.
On Sunday, the star of Lifetime’s “A Christmas Wish” got candid on Twitter about the time she walked away from a Hallmark Channel project after the network denied her request for “diverse casting.”
Burton also added that she would “walk away again in a heartbeat,” while also acknowledging that, thanks to her marriage to fellow actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan, she has the “luxury to choose morals over paying bills.”
Morgan also responded to his wife’s thread, calling Hallmark channel “gross.”
One fan called out Burton for requesting “interracial couples” in the Hallmark project, but as the actress explained, that was a specific request due to a report that the channel did not allow interracial couples in their movies.
Another follower asked Burton why an actress would be able to make demands in the script, to which she responded that she was also a producer.
Hallmark recently found itself in hot water after taking a Zola ad featuring a same-sex wedding off the air after complaints from conservative groups. The channel later apologized and reversed its decision.