Hanoi Jane Fonda banned from QVC

Jul 18, 2011 at 1:56 p.m. ET

Jane Fonda claims she was booted from QVC because of a nearly 40-year-old political scandal.

Jane Fonda

Actress Jane Fonda says a scheduled appearance on the shopping network QVC to promote her new book Prime Time: Making the Most of Your Life was canceled because the network caved in to political pressure.

Back in the early '70s, Fonda became a vocal opponent of the Vietnam War, earning herself the nickname Hanoi Jane. Now Fonda says her past is causing problems in her present.

Fonda wrote on her website:

"The network said they got a lot of calls yesterday criticizing me for my opposition to the Vietnam War and threatening to boycott the show if I was allowed to appear. I am, to say the least, deeply disappointed that QVC caved to this kind of insane pressure by some well funded and organized political extremist groups. And that they did it without talking to me first. I have never shied away from talking about this as I have nothing to hide. I could have pointed out that threats of boycotts are nothing new for me and have never prevented me from having best selling books and exercise DVDs, films, and a Broadway play. Most people don't buy into the far right lies. Many people have reached out to express how excited they were about my going onto QVC and hearing about my book."

A QVC spokesperson confirmed Fonda's appearance was canceled but was mum on the reason why. "I can't speak to Ms. Fonda's comments, other than to confirm that a change in scheduling resulted in her not appearing yesterday," the spokesperson told TMZ.

Fonda is furious. "I love my country. I have never done anything to hurt my country or the men and women who have fought and continue to fight for us."

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