Keke Palmer Denies Her Activism Led to ‘GMA’ Talk Show Cancellation

by Yah Yah
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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.”

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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. If anything my speaking out showed the corporations I work with how important my voice is and anyone that has a POV. 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. That does not mean the relationship I have with them dies, that means it evolves. I hate talking about business because it can seem a bit weird and gets quite technical lol. But when I see such fear mongering comments I want to speak out so that no one ever feels or thinks that speaking out will cost them their job! I’m sure it can and has before, but let’s also recognize when it has not. That way more of us with our own minds speak out against any injustices we see. Trust me, walking in my truth has always made my blessings OVERFLOW and connect to those that are like minded and not with those that are not. Do not believe this lie. Stay courageous and stay true because GOD HAS YOU ALWAYS ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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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.

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“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.”

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