Jane Fonda Says QVC Axed Her Over Past Politics

NEW YORK (AP) — Jane Fonda says she’s been banished from QVC amid concerns about her political past. The network says it was a routine programming change.

Fonda was set to appear on the home-shopping channel on Saturday to promote her new book on aging, “Prime Time.” But the day before, she learned her segment had been cancelled.

In a statement posted on her website, Fonda says QVC told her of receiving “a lot of calls” from viewers criticizing her opposition to the Vietnam War and threatening to boycott the show if she was allowed to appear.

Fonda goes on to say she is “deeply disappointed that QVC caved to this kind of insane pressure” and declares, “I love my country.”

Paul Capelli, a spokesman for West Chester, Pa.-based QVC, confirmed Fonda’s cancelled appearance, but specified no reason.

“It’s not unusual to have a schedule change with our shows and guests with little or no notice,” he said in an e-mail. Fonda is not currently re-scheduled to appear, he said.

Fonda was dubbed “Hanoi Jane” nearly 40 years ago after visiting the North Vietnamese capital, where she made radio broadcasts critical of U.S. war policy. While there, she was photographed sitting on an anti-aircraft gun laughing and clapping.

Though she still defends her anti-war activism, Fonda has acknowledged that the photo incident was “a betrayal” of American forces.

“That two-minute lapse of sanity will haunt me until the day I die,” she wrote in her 2006 autobiography.

The 73-year-old actress won Oscars for her films “Coming Home” and “Klute.” Besides her books, she has also produced and starred in a number of bestselling exercise videos.

“Prime Time” will be released next month.

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  1. BILL says:

    ON BEHALF OF ALL VIETNAM MIA/KIA:
    HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
    MAY YOUR STAY IN HELL BE LONG AND UNSEASONABLY WARM.

    1. KERBY says:

      JANE FONDA WAS RIGHT IN DOING WHAT SHE DID IN VIET NAM ALL THE SOLDERS DID WAS MURDER INNOCENT PEOPLE IN A FAKE WAR AS SOLIDERS ARE DOING AGAIN NOW THE MORE LIGHT SHED ON THEIR EVIL DOINGS FOR THIS MISLEADED COUNTRY THE BETTER JANE FONDA IS A HERO

    2. MIGHTY says:

      THANK YOU ALI THANK YOU FONDA , YOU ARE TRULY AMERICAN HEROS . WE VETS AGREE WHAT WAS DONE WAS CRIMINAL . THERE ARE NO JUST WARS . SAME WITH IRAQ THE SOLDIERS BENIFITS ARE BEING PULLED OUT FROM UNDER AS THEY STEP ON THE PLANE !! BUT WHO CARES ? THEY ARE SIMPLY GOING OVER TO MURDER YET AGAIN INNOCENT PEOPLE THE FACTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES THANK YOU BRADLY MANNING FOR SHOWING US THE SOLDIERS MOWING DOWN INNCOCENT IRAQI MEN , WOMEN , AND BABIES WHILE LAUGHING ? AND YOU THINK WE SHOULD CARE ? WHAT WAS LEARNED FROM NAM ? THAT WAR IS A RAQET THAT MAKES POLITICIANS MONEY SO ENJOY YOUR VACATIONS WITH BLODD ON YOUR HANDS AND YOU THAT SOME HOW THINK THAT DEATH= PATRIOTISM BETTER DEMAND BETTER SCHOOLING BECAUSE YOU ARE LOST SOULS IN IGNORANCE . JANE IS A HERO ALONG WITH ALI AND MANNING AND A HOST OF OTHERS INCLUDING KENNEDY WHO WANTED THEM OUT IN 63′ BUT OF COURSE THE MILITARY MACHINE HAD TO OFF HIM WITHIN 3 MOTHES OF HIS STATMENTE . THANK YOU JANE !!

    3. James M. Ellington says:

      Well said, that woman was guilty of treason.

  2. REUDKOFF says:

    GOOD NEWS, UNFORTUNATELY ABOUT 40 ODD YEARS TOO LATE.

    1. MIGHTY says:

      JANE FONDA IS A HERO . WAR = MURDER ANYONE WHO THINKS THAT KILLING IS PATRIOTIC IS A MURDERER WAKE UP IDIOTS THERE ARE NO WARS ONLY POLITICS . JANE FONDA THANK YOU !!! SUCH A BEAUTIFUL PERSON

  3. ROY TREMPY says:

    SHE SHOULD HAVE BEEN AXED LONG AGO & YOU KNOW WHERE

  4. iain says:

    Never a very convincing actress (apart from Klute), and indeed an embarassment in On Golden Pond, where the need for subtlety of performance is beyond the reach of her self-congratulating screen acting abilities, the fact remains that her “moment” of “insanity” cost lives. Literally and directly by her actions 4 decades ago, American lives were lost. Whatever the politics of the Vietnam years, or one’s position on US involvement (I for one was opposed to the war), Fonda’s childish, self-promoting and inept actions COST BRAVE MEN THEIR LIVES and that is now and ever will be inexcusable.

    1. MIGHTY says:

      THEY WERE NOT ”BRAVE MEN” THEY WERE KIDS SCARED TO DEATH MURDERING INNOCENT PEOPLE . ANY LIGHT SHED TO THE INSANITY OF THIS AGIN ANOTHER FAKE WAR . THE MURDERERS WERE THE US GOV.
      TO BLAME JANE FONDA IS A JOKE . SHE SAVED LIVES BY SHOWING HOW INSANE A WAR IT WAS . KNOW ONW ”EXTRA” DIED FROM ANY OF HER ACTIONS . YOU STUPID ONES WHO THINK THIS ARE THE SAME PEOPLE THAT SUPPORT THE MURDER OF THE INNOCENT VIETNANESE OR DID YOU FORGET THE MELI MASSACRE ??? NO WAR IS JUST AND FAKE WARS ARE CRIMINAL JANE FONDA IS A HERO .

  5. GhostsOfVietnamVets says:

    Jane… you reap what you sow.

    1. SARAH says:

      JANE YOU SHOULD NEVER SAY THAT YOU ARE SORRY . YOU ARE A HERO . WHO CARS ABOUT SOME STUPID NETWORK AND THERE HALF DEAD COUCH POTATOES ANYWAY !!! WHAT YOU DID IN VIET NAM WAS COURAGOUS YOU ARE MY HERO . YOU SAVED LIVES AND WOKE PEOPLE UP !! PLEASE DONT EVER APOLOGIZE FOR SUCH CORAGE . THE COWARDS ARE THE US GOV. AND THOSE POOR YOUNG KIDS THAT WERE SCARED TO DEATH SHOOTING ANYTHING THAT MOVED , INCLUDING THEIR OWN MEN !!!! JANE =HERO !!!!

  6. US Citizen says:

    It’s good to know history doesn’t forget the “the lapse of sanity.” I was only four living in Saigon when the US Congress had forgotten all the lives of soldiers sacrificed and the millions of lives lost after the military had been evacuated. She has lived well throughout the years while the families of those lost during that war, on both sides, have had to live the last 40 years with sins of our so-called government. Yes, I live in this great country now and love it. My fear is that people of this great nation are progressively descending into the hands of socialists disguised as “representatives of the people.”

    1. AMERICAN / NOT HYPOCRITE says:

      JANE FONDA YOU ARE A TRUE AMERICAN HERO !!! THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO WAKE UP THIS COUNRTY THAT HAS ASSASINATED ANY LEADER THAT CARES FOR THE PEOPLE FOR THESE RIGHT WING WACKOS THAT REP A SMALL PORTION OF LAPSED SANITY PEOPLE . YOU NEED NOT APOLOGIZE FOR YOUR CORAGOUS ACTIONS . THE GOV. IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATHS OF NOT ONLY THE AMERICAN KIDS BUT THE COUNTLESS INNOCENT PEOPLE WHO WERE INVADED BY US AN KILLED . KENNEDY WANTED TO PULL OUT OF THE USLESS AND SENSLESS WAR IN 63 HE WAS DEAD WITHIN 3 MONTHS . SICOLISM IS THE ONLY WAY A COUNTRY CAN WORK ……..WHAT THE US HAS BEEN DOING IS COMMIT CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY .

  7. bill says:

    Great, some people don’t forget the past.

  8. Sage Advice says:

    DIRECT QUOTES FROM MADAME FONDA, WITHIN THE PAST DECADE:

    The 67-year-old actress and activist, however, defended her decision to go to Hanoi and said she had no regrets about being photographed with American POWs there or making broadcasts on Radio Hanoi because she was trying to stop the war.

    “There are hundreds of American delegations that had met with the POWs,” she added. “Both sides were using the POWs for propaganda. It’s not something THAT I WILL NOT APOLOGIZE FOR.”

    HANOI JANE HAS NEVER ACTUALLY APOLOGIZED TO THE PEOPLE FOR WHOM SHE WAS THE CAUSE OF DIRECT HARM, EMOTIONAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL TORTURE, AND EVEN DEATH. SHE ONLY “REGRETS” HER ACTIONS, AND THE REGRET IS ONLY BECAUSE IT HAUNTS HER ACTING CAREER 40 YEARS LATER.

    JANE; DO YOU REALIZE AT ALL UNTIL YOU DID THAT, THAT SO MANY YOUNG MEN THOUGHT YOU WERE THE IDEAL AMERICAN WOMAN, ESPECIALLY AFTER YOUR 1968 TEASE-FLICK “BARBARELLA”? YOU USED THAT IMAGE TO DENOUNCE THEM, TO SHELL-SHOCK THEM ABOUT JUST WHAT THEIR OWN COUNTRY THOUGHT OF THEM – TO THEM, YOU WERE THEIR COUNTRY, THE THING THEY WERE FIGHTING FOR. THE MENTAL ANGUISH YOU CAUSED, THE DEFEAT OF MORALE TO A SOLDIER ALREADY DOUBTING WHY HIS COUNTRY PUT HIM THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE. YOU CAN ROT IN YOUR OWN ARROGANCE – A SPECIAL HELL OF ITS OWN.

    I will never forget or forgive you for what you did to me. your apology is so long over-due, it’s too late to be accepted. You deserve a whole lot more than tobacco juice in your eye.

    ————–

    1. MIGHTY says:

      DEAR ”SAGE ADVICE’ DOES IT MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER TO BLAME JANE FONDA FOR YOU KILLING INNOCENT BABIES AND THRI MOMS IN VIET NAME ? MAKE YOU SLEEP BETTER KNOWING THAT YOUR US GOV ABANDONDED YOU ? THAT I HAVE TP SUPPORT HOMELESS MEN THAT FOUGHT IN VIET NAM BECAUSE THEY WERE TRAUMATIZED BY WAR ALL WAR IS HELL , JANE FONDA IS A HERO FOR HER CORAGE TO STAND UP AGAINST THE CRIMES OF HUMANITY AGAINST THE INNNICENT VIETNAMESE THE FAMILIES OF THOSE PEOPLE ARE WHAT WIL ALWAYS BE IMPORTANT WE WERE THE INVADERS . THANK YOU JANE FONDA FOR HELPING TO PUT AN END TO THE USLESS WAR

  9. cherry says:

    had you only been so thoughtful 40 years ago…crybaby

  10. Give Jane A Break says:

    Having been born in the 70’s and being unfamiliar with true details of Jane Fonda’s past, I will not begin to be her jury, judge, and exocutioner. There are things in my past that others will find detestable, but I am not the same person I was when those mistakes were made. And I do believe Jane Fonda is not the same person she was all those many, many years ago that she is still today being crucified for. I bet if you all take a moment away from your hatred you will think of a number of things you have done in your life that you would be embarrassed to know people knew about, but don’t you deserve forgiveness for those things? We all deserve the opportunity to change and not be the person that caused hurt to ourselves or to others… including Jane Fonda. Everyone deserves a second chance. Everyone deserves to not have their past haunt them for the rest of their lives, no matter what. PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN GLASS HOUSES SHOULD NOT THROW STONES.

    1. MIGHTY says:

      JANE FONDA IS SIMPLY A HERO FOR WHAT SHE DID . SHE SHED LIGHT ON CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY THE US ARE BULLIES THAT INVADE INNOCENT COUNTRIES AND MURDER INNOCENT PEOPLE FOR ANY OF YOU TO SAY ANYTHING AGAINST A PERSON WHO IS AGAINST DEATH FOR POLITICAL GAIN WELL THEN YOU ARE SIMPLY INSANE . BUT THAT IS WHAT THIS COUNTRY IS ALL ABOUT BEING A BULLY I KNOW I AM AMERICAN INDIAN . YOUR STANDING ON MY LADN BECAUSE I HAD A SPEAR AND YOU ARE GUN THAT IS ALL . THANK GOD THOSE TINY VIETANESE WON . THANK GOD THEY SHOWED US HOW INSANE IT WAS TO INVADE THEIR COUNTRY BECAUSE WE DID NOT WANT THE TWO SIDES TO JOIN MAKING THEM STRONGER THEN US . THAT IS ALL . JANE FONDA YOU ARE A TRUE AMERICAN HERO . NOT THOSE POOR SCARED TO DEATH AMERICAN KIDS THAT WERE SENT TO SLAUGHTER THEMSELVES AND ALL IN THEIR PATH . WAS IS BRUTALITY AND THESE ARE CRIMES AGINST HUMANITY . YOU DIES TO MAKE OTHERS RICH THOSE ARE THE FACTS . KENNEDY WANTED THEM OUT IN 63′ HE WAS MURDERED 3 MONTHS LATER THATS HOW THE U.S OF A WORKS DONT FOOL YOURSELF OR ATTEMPT TO FOOL OTHERS .

    2. US Army Vet says:

      forgiveness can only be granted once one has truthfully asked for it and jane has never asked for it all she has ever said was that sitting on the anti air craft gun was a LAPSE IN JUDGEMENT which to those of us that were alive when she did it means she things it was a mistake cuz it has impacted her acting career she has NEVER said she was sorry for hellish things she said about her fellow americans which in short was that we were evil for being there what she did not seem to get was non of us WANTED TO BE THERE we were sent by our gov to do a job if she disagreed with the war thats fine its her right to but to come and sit on an enamy weapon and denounce us as she did made us feel our whole nation had turned its back on us THAT is why we are angry with her

  11. bearperney says:

    Never thought I would say this: “Right on ” QVC!

  12. Jerry says:

    Hooray for QVC….You people did the right thing….

  13. soahs says:

    Good! Banish that commie pinko forever. The ONLY reason Hanoi Jane apologized was when something of hers (books, movie, etc.) was due to be released. And commie lovin Janie did not apologize to our brave servicemen, but just in a roundabout generic way.

    A soldier came to one of her book signings chewing tobacco and spit it right in her face. GOOD!

  14. Gondolfo Zarzana says:

    It is about time someone said that Fonda is a fraud, a friend of the enemy, I wish her nothing good in life.
    I had issues with the Vietnam war, was almost sent there prior to my military discharge. Agree or disagree with the war, our troops needed our support, and Fonda took that away.
    She can rot in Hell!

  15. peter says:

    Congrats to QVC! She has been an embarrassment to America for 40 years. She should just move to Cuba or some such place and live her lifestyle with people who may (or not) appreciate her the way we never can

  16. candy says:

    QVC has the nerve to cancel Jane Fonda ‘s appearance, when they have the rounchiest and scandalest vendors like the Kardashians who are disgusting and have no values!! Shame on QVC

  17. Cindy says:

    Jane Fonda was only telling the truth, all wars are political not humanitarian. Resources and government contracts!

  18. Costa Mesa resident says:

    QVC caved in to the baby killers of an immoral and unjust war that had no cause. Several years back, QVC also fired an African-American on-air saleswoman who sued the network for racial discrimination. I won’t buy anything from QVC.

  19. Costa Mesa resident says:

    William Calley is a baby-killing coward who should have been fragged by his fellow soldiers.

  20. Me says:

    SHE should be axed herself! Period!

  21. Lou says:

    The gay left will always like her, the vets never.

  22. jeanne horn says:

    guess she forgot the interview she has years ago,,1988 interview with Barbara Walters Fonda expressed regret for some of her comments and actions, stating:

    “I would like to say something, not just to Vietnam veterans in New England, but to men who were in Vietnam, who I hurt, or whose pain I caused to deepen because of things that I said or did. I was trying to help end the killing and the war, but there were times when I was thoughtless and careless about it and I’m very sorry that I hurt them. And I want to apologize to them and their families. […] I will go to my grave regretting the photograph of me in an anti-aircraft gun, which looks like I was trying to shoot at American planes. It hurt so many soldiers. It galvanized such hostility. It was the most horrible thing I could possibly have done. It was just thoughtless…”[36]

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