Ben Mulroney Quits As CTV 'eTalk' Host To 'Create Space' For People Of Colour
Ben Mulroney speaks at a Canadian screening at TIFF Bell Lightbox on June 11, 2018 in Toronto. (Photo: GP Images via Getty Images for Warner Bros. Canada)
Ben Mulroney resigns as an anchor from CTV's "eTalk," a decision he made to allow someone from a diverse community to replace him.
He made the announcement on Monday during CTV's "Your Morning," which he co-hosted.
He confirmed the recent review by his wife Jessica Mulroney, who bullied a black woman on social media earlier this month, and also highlighted a "national conversation" about CTV on measures against systemic racism.
"It means recognizing here today that my privilege has helped me a lot," said Mulroney, whose father is former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. "And although I have certainly worked hard to build my career, I know that systemic racism and injustice help people like me and harm those who dislike me, often in ways that are invisible to us." That needs to change. "
He hopes that giving up the anchor role will "create a space for a new perspective and a new voice".
"I hope that the new anchor is black, indigenous, or a person of color who can use this important platform to inspire, guide and make changes."
Mulroney has been with “eTalk” since its launch in 2002 and will continue to contribute to the show on “special tasks”, including reporting on red carpet awards. His role on "Your Morning" will not change.
Ben Mulroney told viewers on Monday that he and his wife, who have retired from work commitments, are determined to learn more about racism against blacks and understand our "blind spots".
Bell Media will be looking for a replacement anchor in the coming weeks, the company's vice president, Nanci MacLean, said in a press release.
The 44-year-old presenter, one of Canada's best-known television presenters, has had extensive work in the Canadian media since childhood. He was the face of "Canadian Idol" and is the voice of the radio show "eTalk 20". He married Jessica in 2008 during a private reception where hundreds of spectators gathered in downtown Montreal to take a look at the wedding.
Jessica Mulroney scrutinized
Earlier this month, Sasha Exeter, a black lifestyle influencer, said Jessica Mulroney had threatened her livelihood and "was trying to silence a black woman."
In the fallout, CTV dropped Jessica Mulroney's reality series "I Do, Redo". She also lost prominent roles in Hudson's Bay, the CityLine talk show, and the ABC morning show "Good Morning America". She has voluntarily withdrawn from a charity for women, which she founded together with family members.
The celebrity stylist publicly apologized to Exeter, but other Canadian influencers have called her statements insincere. Exeter showed her followers a screenshot in which Mulroney threatened to sue them for defamation.
Ben Mulroney's "eTalk" co-host Elaine "Lainey" Lui outlined what was wrong with Jessica's actions and was concerned about the effects of family influence.
In a blog post about the couple's "white fragility", Lui noted that even though she has her own awards and profile, she is still a colored woman - "even I'm afraid of the Mulroneys".
Jessica, who calls Harper's Bazaar "Canada's Godmother of Fashion Fairies", has unofficial customers like actress Mindy Kaling and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau. In particular, she is close friends with Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex. The two met when Markle lived in Toronto and made the TV show "Suits". Jessica and Markle (alongside Ben Mulroney in the photo in the middle below) have often been seen together at high-profile Canadian events.
As Markle's profile grew after romantically connecting with Prince Harry, Jessica's grew too. Some of Markle's Canadian style choices are linked to Jessica, and the couple's friendship was an integral part of the royal press.
The Mulroney family was an important part of the royal wedding in 2018: twin sons Brian and John were holding Markle's veil, and their excitement made headlines. Her daughter Ivy served as the bridesmaid.
Meghan Markle and her bell boy arrive for their wedding to Prince Harry in Windsor, England on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Jane Barlow / WPA Pool via Getty Images)
The stylist and her husband were in the front row when Meghan and Harry exchanged their vows. Ben's position on the guest of honor confused those who were unaware of his connection to the royal family.
When Markle was criticized last year for her plane use, Jessica stepped in to defend her friend against the "racist bullies" who had spoken out against her for years.
“If someone is subjected to unfair criticism, you call it out. If this person is your friend and family, you call these critics the way they really are, ”she said on Instagram. "Shame on you, you racist bully."
With a file by Andree Lau
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