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ABC breaks ties with Jessica Mulroney after threatening to sue the black influencer


ABC broke up with Jessica Mulroney, Meghan Markle's best friend, because she threatened to sue black influencer Sasha Exeter after the couple quarreled over Instagram for racism.

DailyMail.com exclusively learned on Friday that Mulroney would never return to her occasional role as a fashion writer at Good Morning America.

Mulroney was fired by CTV and the Hudson Bay department store, and then went to Instagram on Thursday evening to say she resigned from all work assignments.

In a statement to DailyMail.com on Friday, a GMA spokeswoman said: "As Jessica Mulroney said last night, she is resigning from her job responsibilities, and that includes Good Morning America. It will no longer appear on our show. & # 39;

Mulroney threatened Sasha Exeter with a lawsuit after Exeter announced that they were involved in a private word war on racism.

All details of their exchange are not known, but according to Exeter, Mulroney responded "personally" to a "generic call to action" that the black single mother posted on her Instagram page weeks ago, and asked white influencers to use their platforms to advance the Black Lives Matter movement.

It is unclear exactly how Mulroney reacted, but the two – who were once "acquaintances" – started to argue and "eventually" escalated to Mulroney, who told Exeter that she would contact companies that Exeter worked with.

When Exeter went public, Mulroney posted a comment on her Instagram page that others could see that she apologized. Exeter claims, however, that she then sent her a private message and threatened to sue her for defamation.

& # 39; Liability suit. Good luck, ”she wrote, and misspelled the complaint she seemed to be up to.

GMA cut the connection to Jessica Mulroney, Meghan Markle's best friend, after threatening to sue a black Instagram influencer

Toronto-based influencer Sasha Exeter said she was

Toronto-based influencer Sasha Exeter said she was "paralyzed with fear" and "stayed awake for days and nights" because of concerns about what Jessica said that she contacted "companies" to help them say how "unfair" the blacks were single mother she had treated

Canadian television station CTV fired Mulroney on Thursday and stopped its wedding show, Redo. She was also dropped off by a clothing company she had worked with.

On Thursday evening, Mulroney made a statement on her own Instagram page saying that she had had time to think about her actions and that she was really repentant.

She rightly called me because I didn't do enough to engage in the important and difficult conversation about race and injustice in our society.

MULRONEY'S COMMENTS ON SASHA EXETER IN ORDER

Private, after their argument over Mulroney, who doesn't use their platform enough to promote BLM : & # 39; I also spoke to companies and people about how you treated me unfairly.

"You think your voice is important. Well, it's only important if you express it with kindness and without shaming people who are just trying to learn. Good luck. & # 39;

Publicity: & # 39; You're right when you say "it doesn't have to stop." As leaders, we must unite and declare injustice.

I know we have different experiences. And that's something that I have to acknowledge and understand in the course of a heated argument.

I am unmistakably sorry that I did not do this to you and that I injured myself.

As I told you privately, I had a very public and personal experience with my closest friend, with the focus on the race.

It was deeply instructive. I learned a lot from that. I promise to continue learning and listening to how I can use my privilege to raise and support black voices.

Private: & # 39; Liability lawsuit. Good luck. & # 39;

"I took it personally and that was wrong. I have to do better. I had no intention of endangering my livelihood. We had a disagreement and it got out of control.

& # 39; I'm sorry. I will resign from social media in the coming days and give my microphone black voices by taking over my account.

"I also asked Sasha if she would be willing to take over my account whenever she feels comfortable and tells her story," she said.

ABC's decision to establish close relationships with her came after employees told DailyMail.com to see the door.

"Why doesn't ABC fire them? Their actions are completely unacceptable and do not reflect Good Morning America's values.

“We have a wonderfully diverse team – nevertheless, Jessica used her privilege to get her job and should be dismissed for her abuse behavior.

"CTV fired them quickly and many Canadian brands did the same. Why don't we do that?" This sends the wrong message. "

She should also be fired because she is working on a news program and cannot spell defamation.

& # 39; ABC must take a stand. What are you afraid of? Are you kidding Meghan and Harry or the Trudeau family?

"The abuse of privileges here is outrageous," said the employee.

The argument started a few weeks ago, but Exeter didn't reveal it until Wednesday.

In an IGTV video, she said she made a "very general call to action" at the start of the movement and asked all influencers to use their platforms forever.

It is unclear exactly what happened next, but Jessica replied even though Exeter did not call them publicly, and they started arguing privately.

It escalated and finally Mulroney said to her: “I also spoke to companies and people about how you treated me unfairly.

"You think your voice is important. Well, it's only important if you express it with kindness and without shaming people who are just trying to learn. Good luck. & # 39;

Exter said she was amazed at the reaction and "paralyzed with fear" that her partnerships or endorsements could be taken away.

She said she "didn't" think Mulroney was "racist," but she was very aware of her white privilege.

“I don't call Jess a racist, but she is well aware of her wealth, perceived power, and privilege because of the color of her skin.

Mulroney was a fashion contributor to the popular morning show. She can be seen with host Robin Roberts

Mulroney was a fashion contributor to the popular morning show. She can be seen with host Robin Roberts

After Exeter shared details of her feud, Mulroney published this public comment, saying that she was wrong, but that she had "personal experiences with" her "closest friend, who focused on the race".

After Exeter shared details of her feud, Mulroney published this public comment, saying that she was wrong, but that she had "personal experiences with" her "closest friend, who focused on the race".

Exeter says she received this private message from Mulroney privately after the public apology

Exeter says she received this private message from Mulroney privately after the public apology

& # 39; And that my friends gave her the current confidence to come in writing for my living. Textbook really knows privilege. & # 39;

Mulroney was beaten up by her friend and TV host Tracy Moore, who is black.

Exeter returned to Instagram on Thursday and said she felt threatened

Exeter returned to Instagram on Thursday and said she felt threatened

She said Jessica had "used her extreme privilege to possibly bury a black sister".

& # 39; I am a friend. I am also a black woman. The emotional work often falls on our backs to speak, assert ourselves, and fight hard, ”said Moore.

"Let's unlearn how to attack black women as a legitimate answer to the feeling of being called out."

CTV told her: "Bell Media and CTV encourage our entire team, including on-air talent, to show respect, inclusiveness and solidarity as we commit to working better and more openly to hear and amplify black voices and not to minimize them.

"Because the recent behavior of one of our moderators, Jessica Mulroney, conflicts with our commitment to diversity and equality, CTV has removed" I DO REDO "from all Bell Media channels and platforms with immediate effect."

Hours later, Canadian department store Hudson & # 39; s Bay announced on Instagram that they would distance themselves from Mulroney "in the light of recent events" and that they would be fired as their fashion and wedding specialist.

Mulroney was dropped by CTV and Hudson's Bay last night after Exeter shared their arguments

Mulroney was dropped by CTV and Hudson's Bay last night after Exeter shared their arguments

Mulroney was dropped by CTV and Hudson's Bay last night after Exeter shared their arguments

A hair and makeup team that Mulroney also worked with on Thursday said

A hair and makeup team that Mulroney also worked with on Thursday said

"Last week, Hudson's Bay committed to doing better," the statement said.

'So that she threatens me? "A single mother, a single black mother during a racial pandemic? Blows me around, it's absolutely incredible … what could that mean for my career?

& # 39; As we continue, our leaders and ambassadors must reflect our brand inclusiveness, equality, and respect for everyone.

"We won't tolerate anything less."

Exeter suggested that Mulroney felt "sharing that this really isn't a problem she wanted to share on her social channels," used "excuses that she would be bullied by the public and the media," and "claimed , your show is more important for. " promote. & # 39;

Exeter unveiled the & # 39; impending & # 39; Message and said: & # 39; I am still shaking my head at this attempt and the audacity she had.

"Mulroney is not only well aware of her white privilege, but like her Canadian colleague Amy Cooper, she effortlessly spat out this threat," she said.

Cooper was the woman who called the police of a black bird watcher in Central Park in a video that was rife last month.

Exeter continued, "But I think what makes this situation really terrible is the threat or claim that it has spoken to brands or companies that I may not have worked with or that I might be able to work with. It is a threat. That is a threat to my livelihood. & # 39;

Mulroney then returned to Instagram on Thursday evening to make another apology

Mulroney then returned to Instagram on Thursday evening to make another apology

'So that she threatens me?

"A single mother, a single black mother during a racial pandemic? Blows me around, it's absolutely incredible. & # 39;

Exeter went on to say that she felt that Mulroney had "noticed that she was having big problems" and "that caused a lot of kicking in the back."

Mulroney announced on Thursday that it would withdraw from all commitments

Mulroney announced on Thursday that it would withdraw from all commitments

In the meantime, the influencer said, “In the midst of all this craziness, I was paralyzed with fear.

“I stayed up day and night and wondered what she could say to my existing brand partners, potential work, potential livelihood. What could that mean for my career?

"I spoke to my parents who were rightly stressed and worried about how it would affect me if I stood up for myself."

Exeter said that "the only takeaway is that this sh ** has to stop immediately … you cannot post that you show solidarity while trying to silence someone through text."

In a commentary on the video clip, Mulroney said that she was "clearly sorry", adding that Meghan's "closest friend" had "deeply educated" her about the breed.

“As I told you privately, I had a very public and personal experience with my closest friend, which focused on the race. It was deeply educational, ”Mulroney replied.

She apologized again to Exeter on Thursday, this time on her own Instagram page, and insisted that the former athlete had rightly asked me not to do enough to point me to the important and difficult conversation about race and injustice in ours Let in society.

"I took it personally and that was wrong. I know I have to do better, ”she continued. "I want to say with all my heart that any further apologies to Sasha in the past two weeks have been private and are still publicly and privately true today.

"I had no intention of endangering my livelihood … I'm sorry," she said.

Last week Mulroney said she was taking a break on social media after revealing that "someone she loved told her to fight racism".

Mulroney, who lives in Toronto with her husband Ben Mulroney, 44, twins John and Brian, 9, and 7-year-old Ivy, went on Instagram to reveal that she "takes a week off to educate herself." ".

The Canadian stylist had previously beaten up "racist bullies" when she apparently referred to the trolling that Meghan was suffering from.

Mulrony's reality show I Do, Redo, premiered on CTV in late March and was also released internationally on Netflix.

The series followed Jessica as she helped couples continue from their catastrophic weddings by giving them the wedding they "always dreamed of".

Mulroney also presents a fashion segment for ABC's Good Morning America.

The network has not yet confirmed whether it will take disciplinary action against the 40-year-old.