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Meghan Markle’s best friend, Jessica Mulroney, is facing the heat over allegations she threatened a model and influencer after the woman, who is black, asked that public figures use their social media following as a platform for good, according to statements from several companies.
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“Her best friend is arguably one of the most famous black women in the world.”
MEGHAN MARKLE'S FRIEND JESSICA MULRONEY APOLOGIZES AFTER SASHA EXETER CALLS HER OUT ON HER 'WHITE PRIVILEGE'
Mulroney, a wedding guru and TV correspondent, will no longer be working with ABC’s “Good Morning America,” the network announced Friday afternoon, and as a fashion and bridal specialist for brands Hudson’s Bay and Kleinfeld Canada, the companies said. The Daily Mail was first to report her departure from ABC.
And the CTV Show that she hosted, “I DO REDO,” has been pulled from all Bell Media platforms, according to the station.
“Because recent conduct by one of our shows hosts, Jessica Mulroney conflicts with our commitment to diversity and equality, CTV has removed ‘I DO REDO,’” states a post on one of CTV’s Twitter accounts.
The company did not, however, say they had ended their working relationship with Mulroney, and did not specify that she was terminated.
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Hudson’s Bay provided similar reasoning in its own statement posted to Instagram late Thursday.
“Over the past week Hudson’s Bay has committed to do better. We are taking stock of how we do business, including who we work with, to ensure we are contributing to the chance the world needs now,” that statement reads. “In light of recent events, Jessica Mulroney will no longer represent Hudson’s Bay or Kleinfeld Canada.”
And women’s daytime show “Cityline” also announced it had dropped her as a guest expert.
Mulroney became prominent in the U.S. following Markle's royal wedding to Prince Harry. The Mulroney family is considered somewhat Canadian royalty in its own right. Her father-in-law, Brian Mulroney, was prime minister of Canada from 1984 to 1993.
She responded to the news in her own statement posted to her Instagram story by announcing that she had “decided to step away” from her work engagements.
“The events that have transpired over the last few days have made it clear that I have work to do,” she wrote, in part. “I’m going to take this time to reflect, learn and focus on my family.”
The controversy arose earlier on Thursday when athlete-turned-influencer and businesswoman Sasha Exeter, who is black, accused Mulroney of threatening her.
Exeter explained in a nearly 12-minute video posted to Instagram that she had been vocal about wanting her peers and those with a social media presence “to speak up, stand up, and use their voice for good to help combat what’s going on with this race war and what’s happening to the black community.”
She said she “never” called anyone out directly, but Mulroney “took offense to a very generic call to action” that she posted on her account.
“What happened next was a series of very problematic behavior and antics that ultimately resulted in her sending me a threat in writing last Wednesday, June 3,” Exeter continued, later adding: “Jessica never wanted to stand up and use her voice in the first place and didn’t understand why she needed to. This I found quite strange, seeing that she is very vocal about supporting many causes … also her best friend is arguably one of the most famous black women in the world.”