10:30am PT by Chris Gardner, Paul Bond
Stacey Dash's Ex-Agent Denies He Fired Her
Actress and Fox News pundit Stacey Dash — whose book There Goes My Social Life: From Clueless to Conservative was just published — tells THR not only did her acting roles dry up, but also her talent agency dropped her because of her outspoken conservatism. "I just lost my agent because of my political beliefs," says Dash, referring to the agency CESD, with which she signed in September. "They sent me an email telling me that a casting director said, 'We give you credit for pitching her with a straight face.' "
Her former rep, veteran agent Mitchell Gossett of CESD, says, Dash's claims are "demonstrably false."
"We stopped working with Stacey due to other issues, but it had nothing to do with her political views," he says. As for what those issues were, Gossett declines to elaborate because "I don't feel it's appropriate." He would say that, in fact, he supported her sharing her beliefs.
"We supported her political opinions, and we felt there could potentially be positive outcomes from those beliefs during an election cycle, especially. We were totally behind Stacey," he adds. "We're not the type of agency that would represent or not represent someone based on their political [views]. Our talent is recognized for their talents. She should be careful about saying that because her claims are false."
He adds it was Dash, 49, who decided to part ways, letting go of her team except for a lawyer then calling CESD two weeks later to work for her again; Gossett declined. "The dynamics weren't such that we should resume our representation."
A version of this story first appeared in the June 17 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.