Hilarie Burton Slams Hallmark Channel For ‘Penalizing’ Her After Asking For Diverse Characters

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#BoycottHallmarkChannel was trending over the weekend over their decision to pull a Zola commercial that featured a same-sex kiss, and One Tree Hill star Hilarie Burton Morgan is sharing her own damning story about the Hallmark Channel. On Twitter, she said, “The bigotry comes from the top,” of the network.

“[I was] just going through some old emails from a #Hallmark job I was ‘let go’ from back in January. I had insisted on [an] LGBTQ character, an interracial couple and diverse casting. I was polite, direct and professional. But after the execs gave their notes on the script and NONE of my [requests] were honored, I was told ‘take it or leave it’. I left it. And the paycheck. Shitty being penalized for standing up for inclusivity,” she wrote. “I really wanted that job. It was close to my house. It paid really well. It was about the military, which you all know I hold dear. But? [I’d] walk away again in a heartbeat.”

Hilarie also praised her longtime partner and recent husband Jeffrey Dean Morgan for how he “works his ass off,” which has given her the freedom to be picky when it comes to jobs and making sure they align with her moral compass.

Hilary worked with Hallmark on their 2015 film, Surprised By Love and also the following year on Summer Villa. It’s hard to tell which Hallmark movie she was “let go” from since Hallmark uses the military as a story arc in quite a few of their films including 2017’s Christmas Homecoming, 2018’s A Veteran’s Christmas, and Write Before Christmas, which debuted this year and coincidentally stars Hilarie’s former OTH on-screen husband, Chad Michael Murray and another ex-One Tree Hill cast member, Torrey DeVito.

If you want to watch some OTH stars in Christmas movies but don’t want to patronize Hallmark Channel, Hilarie and Tyler Hilton star on Lifetime’s A Christmas Wish, so you’ve got options! And, for what it’s worth, Hallmark responded to the internet fury by reversing their decision to pull the ad. The pro-LGBTQ Zola commercial will be airing on Hallmark Channel this holiday season, thanks to the internet. Who said Twitter activism doesn’t get results?

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