Hilarie Burton is speaking her mind on the real reason Hallmark let her go. The 37-year-old hopped on social media to share her story after Hallmark was criticized for pulling an ad featuring a same-sex couple kissing at their wedding. (They reportedly caved to pressure from One Million Moms, a conservative group).
She wrote: "Just going through some old emails from a #Hallmark job I was 'let go' from back in January. I had insisted on a LGBTQ character, an interracial couple and diverse casting. I was polite, direct and professional."
Burton continued: "But after the execs gave their notes on the script and NONE of my requests were honored, I was told 'take it or leave it.' I left it. And the paycheck. Sh**ty being penalized for standing up for inclusivity. I really wanted that job. It was close to my house. It paid really well. It was about the military, which you all know I hold dear."
Still, Burton said she'd "walk away again in a heartbeat."
"The bigotry comes from the top and permeates the whole deal over there," she wrote of Hallmark. Then Burton turned to Lifetime, Hallmark's top competitor, with whom she has worked many times.
Burton wrote: "I've been loudly cheering for @lifetimetv all year because they heard my concerns + RALLIED! You want inclusive Christmas magic?! We got it. Love is love."
Burton also gave her husband Jeffrey Dean Morgan a shout-out for enabling her to place her values above bills: "Key point here: I have a wonderful husband @JDMorgan who works his a** off so I have the luxury to choose morals over paying bills. Not everyone has that! Nor should we be forced to be dependent. If I had to cover our mortgage and was told 'take it or leave it,' I'd be f**ked."
After the uproar over the pulled ad, Hallmark apologized and reinstated it.