Ben Mulroney comments on wife Jessica and steps down as host of etalk
Ben Mulroney has finally spoken up about the recent backlash against his wife, Jessica, who has been criticized for attempting to use her privilege to silence and damage the career of a Black influencer.
Mulroney spoke briefly about the debacle on Monday's episode of Your Morning, one of the multiple CTV/Bell Media shows for which he serves as a co-host.
He also took the moment to step down from his most renowned and tenured role, anchor of the network's entertainment news program, etalk.
A message from Ben. pic.twitter.com/sj8zieZboN— Your Morning (@YourMorning) June 22, 2020
In the segment, Mulroney acknowledged the extent to which his privilege has benefited him and his career, adding that "today, together, we are committed to doing the work to both learn and understand more about anti-Black racism as well as learn and understand more about our blind spots."
His departure from the show, which he has been with for nearly 20 years, is a move to hopefully make space for more diversity on the team and will be effective immediately.
"We need more Black voices, more Indigenous voices, more people of colour in the media, as well as every other profession," he said to the camera. "It is my hope that that new anchor is Black, Indigenous or a person of colour and they can use this important platform to inspire, to lead and to make change."
Mulroney will still be doing the odd "special assignment" for Bell Media, such as hosting etalk's Oscars coverage, on top of his continuing role at Your Morning.
Ben Mulroney acted with great dignity in announcing stepping back from @etalkCTV @BenMulroney . Much admiration. https://t.co/gaZiZuKcN7— Mary Hardill Lindsay (@marydavelindsay) June 22, 2020
Reaction to the news so far has been mixed, with some applauding his decision, others sceptical of what his wife's actions have to do with his career, and still others pointing out the immense wealth and name privilege (being the son of a former Prime Minister) that also helped Mulroney get to where he is today.
Meanwhile, Jessica Mulroney's show I Do, Redo has been cut from all Bell Media channels due to the recent events.
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