Keke Palmer Says She ‘Expected’ ‘Good Morning America’ Spinoff Cancellation
Only a year after actress KeKe Palmer joined the cast of the third hour “Good Morning America” show, “Strahan, Sara, & KeKe” – the show’s cancellation was announced last month. But, KeKe Palmer says the wool wasn’t pulled over her eyes when she received the news. She recently told Andy Cohen that with the shift in content towards the global coronavirus pandemic, she expected the show to get the axe:
“[It was] expected. Because, here’s the thing, when the pandemic hit – that’s what was on all our minds: pandemic, and corona, and understanding COVID. So I knew that if our show did come back, it’d have to be much, much, much later, ’cause our show is really about an audience. If you think about it, that’s what we do. We do news with a little bit of entertainment.”
“It’s really fun conversations and light-heartedness. So with the times, some of the conversations change and that kind of leaves ‘SSK’ out. So I expected it.”
Shortly after it was announced that SSK would not be returning, KeKe Palmer spoke out to shut down speculation that her presence at Black Lives Matter protests played a part.
“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…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.”
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