Ben Mulroney Leaves ‘Etalk’ Anchor Role Amid His Wife Jessica’s White Privilege Scandal
He's stepping away. Ben Mulroney recently announced that he's leaving his role as an anchor on etalk amid his wife Jessica's white privilege scandal. The Canadian TV host announced his departure in a video for CTV's Your Morning.
In a nearly two-minute-long Twitter video, Mulroney sat down to address the situation that has been ongoing since June 10.
"I want to take a moment to speak to you about the situation surrounding my wife Jessica, and the next steps I will be taking with Bell Media," Mulroney began.
"I love my wife," he continued. "However, it is not my place to speak for her, and today–together–we are committed to doing the work to both learn and understand more about anti-Black racism, as well as learn and understand more about our blind spots."
Mulroney acknowledged that his privilege has benefitted him greatly, helping him build up his career to where he is today while harming those who aren't like him.
"And that is why I have decided to immediately step away from my role as an anchor at etalk to create a space for a new perspective and a new voice," he shared.
The father of three said his hope is that the person who replaces him is Black, Indigenous, or a person of colour who can inspire change.
Mulroney clarified that he will continue being the co-host of Your Morning and will be present at future etalk events, including red carpets and the Oscars.
A message from Ben. https://t.co/sj8zieZboN— Your Morning (@Your Morning) 1592824161.0
The 44-year-old's wife Jessica Mulroney was accused by Toronto-based blogger Sasha Exeter of engaging in "textbook white privilege" behaviour.
That included her threatening Exeter's business and livelihood in writing, as well as a libel lawsuit after the lifestyle blogger posted her video about Jessica's behaviour.
The two women came in contact when Exeter posted a general call to action for influencers to speak out about the Black Lives Matter movement, which Jessica mistook as a blatant attack to her.
Soon after the public was alerted about the events, Jessica's CTV and Bell Media series I Do, Redo was cancelled and removed from the air.
After a series of apologies, Jessica has stepped away from social media in order to lend her microphone to Black voices.