Keke Palmer has spoken out to shut down rumors that her “Good Morning America” talk show, “Strahan, Sara & Keke,” was canceled because of her recent activism in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
“I want to speak on this simply because I hate the narrative that if you speak your mind as a black person that you will in some way be punished. I have seen this going around and at first I ignored but in this climate I realized this is a dangerous message to send to our generation and the generation coming up,” Palmer wrote via Instagram. “If anything my speaking out showed the corporations I work with how important my voice is and anyone that has a POV.”
The actress went viral after she challenged several members of the National Guard during a Black Lives Matter protest, which resulted in several taking a knee.
Palmer joined Good Morning America hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines for SSK in August 2019 as a fill-in for Sara Haines during her maternity leave.
In March, ABC replaced the talk show with a daily hour dedicated to the coronavirus pandemic — GMA3: What You Need to Know. It was announced earlier this month that GMA3 would become permanent.
“The reality is I was never signed to SSK as one would a seasonal show. This business is dynamic and instead of thinking of me as a ‘series regular’ see me see me as a brand that works with the corporation Disney/ABC News and this particular show I was on is no longer,” she continued. “That does not mean the relationship I have with them dies, that means it evolves.”