Gina Carano is speaking out after her firing from "The Mandalorian." In a tell-all interview on "The Ben Shapiro Show" Sunday, the actress lashed out at Disney+ and Lucasfilm after she was booted from the hit series for sharing controversial content to social media.
"I've been through so much, and I've seen so much now, clearly, of the bullying that's been taking place, and I saw it before," she told Shapiro, via Deadline. "I'm not the only one that's ever been bullied by this company, and I know that so deeply," she continued.
"I could share a story which would turn things around in the media but I can't because it would sell out a friend. … Everyone is afraid of losing their job."
Carano, who played Cara Dune in the first two seasons, told Shapiro that the warning signs were there. She claimed Lucasfilm had hired an artist several weeks ago to erase her character and put another one in her place. He then reportedly announced it on Twitter. Then a Disney staffer accidentally sent her an email after the reaction to her social media post.
"They accidentally sent me an email, which was very enlightening, so I knew. I knew they were paying attention," she said. "I know there were some people who went to bat for me, but I know that they didn't win out at the end."
There is favoritism at the studio which is based upon their political choices and there are double standards in place, the star claimed.
"They've been all over me and they've been watching me like a hawk, and I'm watching people on the same production and they can say everything they want, and that's where I had a problem. I had a problem because I wasn't going along with the narrative," she said.
Carano came under fire earlier this month when she shared a post from another account to Instagram that appeared to compare the political climate to the factors that led to the Holocaust. Shortly after the post was shared, Lucasfilm announced that Carano would not reprise her role in "The Mandalorian."
"Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future," a spokesperson said in a statement to People. "Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable."
Speaking with Shapiro, the star said she had been prepared to be let go because it had happened to so many others before her.
"I've seen the looks on their faces. I've seen the bullying that takes place, and so when this started, they point their guns at you, and you know it's only a matter of time," she said.
"I've seen it happen to so many people, and I just thought to myself … 'You're coming for me, I know you are.' They're making it very obvious through their employees who were coming for me, and so I was like, 'I'm going to go down swinging and I'm going to stay true to myself.'"
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