Thursday, April 25, 2024

QVC Shops a Lie to the Press about Jane Fonda Cancellation


QVC issued a statement on Sunday about the cancellation of Jane Fonda for their Saturday 10am spot. Fonda was supposed to appear live from 10am to noon Eastern on QVC to promote her new book, “Prime Time.” Fonda signed 7,000 books in anticipation of the appearance. But when the two time Oscar winner arrived in Philadelphia, she was informed that the segment was cut. Unofficially the reason was that QVC had caved into the histrionics of a few phone callers who harrassed the network with cries of “Hanoi Jane.” Fonda, dumbfounded and then angry, flew to Atlanta where she keeps a home and runs a foundation designed to educate teenage girls about pregnancy. She was, by all accounts, quite upset and posted a blog about it. QVC’s response that this was merely a “programming change.” This is laughable. Fonda was replaced by two hours of miscellaneous pitches including one about a “magic” cloth that when dipped in water miraculously cleans set in stains. It was a hastily assembled bit. QVC should be ashamed. Read the stories I posted over the weekend. The home shopping group fell for internet myths instead of asking for the truth. They obviously can’t take the truth.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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